Posts Tagged: gay real estate

Donald Falk – Gay Portland Real Estate Agent

Donald Falk - Portland Gay Realtor

Donald has been affiliated with Hasson Company, Realtors(R) since 1999. For over 34 years the Hasson Company has chosen to work with brokers that not only deliver unmatched service, but also contribute to a uniquely collaborative culture. It is an environment where we freely share listings, resources, and advice. As a result, clients receive support… Read more »

Mary Discher – Paradise Valley Real Estate Agent

Mary Discher - Phoenix Realtor

Clients are the best judge of knowledge, customer service, loyalty, etc. As the testimonial page on Mary’s website reflects, her clients rave about her service and the wonderful experience she provides through the buying and selling process. A Phoenix metro area Realtor, she honors any opportunity to work hard for a client, and doesn’t take… Read more »

The Happiest City in the US

Naples, Florida

A community along the southwestern coast of Florida has claimed the title of the nation’s happiest city for the third year in a row, according to a new poll. Residents of the Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island metro area reported the highest scores on a Gallup-Sharecare’s survey of well-being, conducted in 2016 and 2017. The survey included people… Read more »

Valerie Tolson – Rehoboth Beach Lesbian Realtor

Valerie Tolson - Rehoboth Beach Lesbian Realtor

The Rehoboth Beach real estate market becomes more sophisticated and challenging every day, and you need a real estate professional who understands the industry and can stay ahead of the game. Valerie goes the extra mile to help you achieve your real estate goals. She is constantly researching the market and property values to help… Read more »

Billy Woomer – Palm Springs Gay Realtor

Billy Woomer - Palm Springs gay Realtor

Periodically we’ll feature one of our real estate professionals here to let our readers know about some great Realtors, Mortgage Brokers, and Other Real Estate Professionals: Billy Woomer specializes in residential real estate throughout the Greater Desert Area. Whether a million dollar luxury home or a 1BR condo, Billy welcomes the opportunity to work with… Read more »

Rebecca Barron – Portland Lesbian Realtor

Becca Barron - Portland Lesbian Realtor

Periodically we’ll feature one of our real estate professionals here to let our readers know about some great Realtors, Mortgage Brokers, and Other Real Estate Professionals: Down to earth local queer-tor! Selling lifestyles through real estate. In a sea of grandpa sweaters and rainbow shorts I’ll show you the many sides of our unabashedly hip… Read more »

Ken Latz – Gay Seattle Realtor

Ken Latz - gay Seattle Realtor

Periodically we’ll feature one of our real estate professionals here to let our readers know about some great Realtors, Mortgage Brokers, and Other Real Estate Professionals: Ken Latz has been a Seattle resident since ’88, and he is very familiar with the city and all of its diverse neighborhoods and suburbs. He with Gerrard, Beattie… Read more »

The Advocate’s Queerest Cities in America – 6. Atlanta

Atlanta

Every year, The Advocate ranks the cities in the US for queer friendliness based on a number of criteria. This year, the criteria includes lesbian bars, trans events, gay rugby teams, theaters screening “Moonlight”, Misterb&b hosts, LGBT centers, and more. Here’s today’s pick: The star of the South is really becoming one of the country’s… Read more »

Glenn Bradley – Naples, Florida

Glenn Bradley - Naples Gay Realtor

Periodically we’ll feature one of our real estate professionals here to let our readers know about some great Realtors, Mortgage Brokers, and Other Real Estate Professionals: I’m passionate about people and assisting them with their quest to fulfill their dream of home ownership whether it is a vacation condo or a full time home. I… Read more »

The Advocate’s Queerest Cities in America – 7. Cincinnati

Cincinnati

Every year, The Advocate ranks the cities in the US for queer friendliness based on a number of criteria. This year, the criteria includes lesbian bars, trans events, gay rugby teams, theaters screening “Moonlight”, Misterb&b hosts, LGBT centers, and more. Here’s today’s pick: It wouldn’t be a big surprise if college town Columbus scored well… Read more »

The Advocate’s Queerest Cities in America – 11. St. Louis

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Every year, The Advocate ranks the cities in the US for queer friendliness based on a number of criteria. This year, the criteria includes lesbian bars, trans events, gay rugby teams, theaters screening “Moonlight”, Misterb&b hosts, LGBT centers, and more. Here’s today’s pick: Many people discount St. Louis, well, since it’s kinda in the middle… Read more »

The Advocate’s Queerest Cities in America – 12. Toledo, Ohio

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Every year, The Advocate ranks the cities in the US for queer friendliness based on a number of criteria. This year, the criteria includes lesbian bars, trans events, gay rugby teams, theaters screening “Moonlight”, Misterb&b hosts, LGBT centers, and more. Here’s today’s pick: Surprised that Toledo has an 89 on HRC’s Muncipal Equality Index? Yeah,… Read more »

The Advocate’s Queerest Cities in America – 14. Henderson, Nevada

Henderson, Nevada

Every year, The Advocate ranks the cities in the US for queer friendliness based on a number of criteria. This year, the criteria includes lesbian bars, trans events, gay rugby teams, theaters screening “Moonlight”, Misterb&b hosts, LGBT centers, and more. Here’s today’s pick: You might be surprised to discover Henderson is Nevada’s second-largest city, after… Read more »

The Advocate’s Queerest Cities in America – 15. Durham, N.C.

Durham Performing Arts Center - Pixabay

Every year, The Advocate ranks the cities in the US for queer friendliness based on a number of criteria. This year, the criteria includes lesbian bars, trans events, gay rugby teams, theaters screening “Moonlight”, Misterb&b hosts, LGBT centers, and more. Here’s today’s pick: Another North Carolina oasis of relative liberalism, Durham sits in the middle… Read more »

The Advocate’s Queerest Cities in America – 17. San Francisco

San Francisco

Every year, The Advocate ranks the cities in the US for queer friendliness based on a number of criteria. This year, the criteria includes lesbian bars, trans events, gay rugby teams, theaters screening “Moonlight”, Misterb&b hosts, LGBT centers, and more. Here’s today’s pick: Exorbitant housing prices and a sinking high-rise couldn’t knock San Francisco from… Read more »

The Advocate’s Queerest Cities in America – 18. Greensboro, North Carolina

Greensboro, North Carolina

Every year, The Advocate ranks the cities in the US for queer friendliness based on a number of criteria. This year, the criteria includes lesbian bars, trans events, gay rugby teams, theaters screening “Moonlight”, Misterb&b hosts, LGBT centers, and more. Here’s today’s pick: Don’t hold the fact that Greensboro is in North Carolina against it…. Read more »

The Advocate’s Queerest Cities in America – 22. Minneapolis

Minneapolis - Pixabay

Every year, The Advocate ranks the cities in the US for queer friendliness based on a number of criteria. This year, the criteria includes lesbian bars, trans events, gay rugby teams, theaters screening “Moonlight”, Misterb&b hosts, LGBT centers, and more. Here’s today’s pick: The home of original single lady Mary Richards is more than Arctic… Read more »

W. Michael Keller – Gay Spokane Real Estate Agent

W. Michael Keller - Spokane Gay Friendly Realtor

Periodically we’ll feature one of our real estate professionals here to let our readers know about some great Realtors, Mortgage Brokers, and Other Real Estate Professionals: W. Michael Keller has been a Realtor, involved in residential and commercial real estate with Windermere-Manito for the past 15 years. He has been consistently in the top 10-15%… Read more »

The Gayborhood: Queen Street West

gayborhood toronto

An indie-spirited, artistically inclined alternative to the city’s uber-queer Church Street Village, Queen Street West (aka simply Queen West) is one of several cool neighborhoods west of downtown. It consists of a long stretch of Queen Street extending west from about University Avenue and the Osgoode metro station for many blocks out beyond Trinity Bellwoods… Read more »

A Gay Architect, A Secret Wall

A mansion designed by a famous gay architect has just gone the market for £9m (€10.4m) in Surrey, near London, and it houses a special part of queer British history. The house was designed in the 1930s by British architect Sir Raymond McGrath, with help from a well-known garden designer, Sir Christopher Tunnard. Tunnard then… Read more »

The Gayborhood: Denver’s Lo-Hi

Across the South Platte River and I-25 from downtown Denver, the Lower Highlands neighborhood (aka Lo-Hi) sits on a slight rise with great views of the skyline and historic streets lined with Craftsman bungalows and Victorian homes. Like so many districts that have become popular with artists, gays, entrepreneurs and hipsters, Lower Highlands was a… Read more »

The Gayborhood: Lawrenceville, Pittsburgh

A long, narrow neighborhood that curves alongside the Allegheny River north and east of downtown, Lawrenceville is a prime example of how numerous working-class neighborhoods in Rust Belt cities throughout the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic states have begun to blossom in recent years. Butler Street, lined with up-and-coming cafes, shops, bars, and restaurants bisects Lawrenceville. Lawrenceville… Read more »

Chicago: The Wicker Park Gayborhood

You could definitely make a case that Andersonville, which actually has several lesbian- and gay-owned bars and other businesses, is actually Chicago’s most mixed post-gay neighborhood, and it is an area definitely worth checking out. But Wicker Park has evolved over the past two decades into one of the country’s most eclectic and inviting hipster… Read more »

Is the New York Real Estate Market About to Crash?

The tallest residential structure in the Western Hemisphere sits at 432 Park Avenue in New York City. Standing at nearly 1,400 feet, there are 141 apartments for sale in a building where there average selling price is $21 million, ten times the price of an “average” Manhattan apartment! But here’s the thing, despite all the… Read more »

Ray Gernhart, Gay Washington DC Real Estate Agent

Periodically we’ll feature one of our real estate professionals here to let our readers know about some great Realtors, Mortgage Brokers, and Other Real Estate Professionals: With my successful career of over twenty five years in real estate, I have personally experienced all the ups and downs of the Washington DC real estate market. Since… Read more »

Gay Real Estate News Round-Up – May 30th

We’re going to start bringing you interesting real estate articles, LGBT and otherwise, in a regular travel round-up. Enjoy! GENERAL INTEREST USA:25 Cities for Good Pay and Good Housing (Washington Post)Don’t move to New York if you’re looking for work. The city isn’t on a new list of good places to find jobs compiled by… Read more »

Where Are Mortgage Rates Headed?

The interest rate you pay on your home mortgage has a direct impact on your monthly payment. The higher the rate the greater the payment will be. That is why it is important to look at where rates are headed when deciding to buy now or wait until next year. Below is a chart created… Read more »

Home Prices: A 5-Year Outlook

With inventory presently below historically normal levels, current & future home prices have been the topic of many real estate conversations. The most recent Home Price Expectation Survey was just released; giving insight into where experts believe prices will be leading up to 2019. Every quarter, Pulsenomics surveys a nationwide panel of over 100 economists, real estate… Read more »

Newark Looking for LGBT Couples for Valentine’s Day Land Sale

Newark is practically giving away land for new homes, and is encouraging LGBT buyers to apply. Joe.My.God reports: Newark Valentine’s Day Land Sale, in which municipally-owned vacant lots will be sold to couples–straight or LGBT–for $1,000 each as part of the City’s “Live Newark” program. As part of the City’s “Live Newark” program, the lots… Read more »

Why Have Interest Rates Dropped?

The headlines agree mortgage interest rates have dropped substantially below initial projections. Many who are considering purchasing a home, or moving up to their dream home, might think that they should wait to buy, because rates may continue to fall. A recent article on the Economists’ Outlook blog by the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR)… Read more »

3 Questions to Ask Before Buying a Home

If you are thinking about purchasing a home right now, you are surely getting a lot of advice. Though your friends and family have your best interests at heart, they may not be fully aware of your needs and what is currently happening in real estate. Let’s look at whether or not now is actually… Read more »

10 Easy Tips to Get Your House Ready to Sell

Most people know the basics about getting their home ready to sell: remove any clutter and excess furniture, fix what’s broken and set your rooms to look like a model home would. But buyers have more and more inventory to choose from in this market and the details matter. Here are 10 enhanced Staging Tips 1…. Read more »

2014 Is Over, Sell the House?

At the end of the year in Orange County, hundreds of homeowners have a tough decision to make. The ‘listing for sale agreement’ on their house is about to expire and they now must decide to either take their house off the market (OTM), For Sale by Owner (FSBO) or list it again with the… Read more »

Home Value Increase P.1

When preparing to sell their home, a common question pops up. Homeowners want to know what they can do to get the maximum selling price on their home. Of course, the answer to “What can I do to increase my home’s value or get a better selling price?” is difficult to answer because each home… Read more »

Staging Your Home to Sell

When a buyer walks into your home you need to grab their attention. Sadly it is rare to find a buyer that will give a home a second chance when deciding if they should make an offer or not, first impressions last a life time. We all have different styles that fit our personalities and… Read more »

Lowdown on the DC Real Estate Market

As in all forecasts, we can only rely on what we see to be a general trend. The Washington metro area real estate market in 2014 has slowed in comparison to 2013 with less activity. A trend that was thought to be related to the long, cold winter can now be seen to be caused… Read more »

How Interest Rates Impact Family Wealth

With interest rates still in the low 4%’s, many buyers may be on the fence as to whether to act now and purchase a new home, or wait until next year. If you look at what the experts are predicting for 2015, it may make the decision for you. Predictions for 2015 3Q: 4.6% - Fannie Mae… Read more »

The Two Things You Don’t Need to Hear from Your Listing Agent

You’ve decided to sell your house. You begin to interview potential real estate agents to help you through the process. You need someone you trust enough to: Set the market value on possibly the largest asset your family owns (your home) Set the time schedule for the successful liquidation of that asset Set the fee… Read more »

Pesky, But Potentially Costly Home Maintenance

If you’re new to home ownership, you may not be familiar with all of the responsibilities that are now yours. All of those things you used to call the super or management office for now fall in your lap. Here are some items to keep in mind, especially if you got a “great deal” on… Read more »

Are Our Gayborhoods Fading?

At one of the oldest gay taverns in the city’s Boystown neighborhood, the regulars were sharing a laugh over what they had seen the night before at their watering hole: a gaggle of straight women. “It was like they were at a gay museum,” joked James Davies, 61, who has been a regular at Little… Read more »

What’s the Future of the Castro?

Are gay neighborhoods dying? There’s been ceaseless chatter the past couple of years that the Castro is turning straight, and that San Francisco’s unaffordability is making it almost impossible for new generations of young LGBT people to keep the torch lit. But until now, no one had attempted a comprehensive look at just how things… Read more »

Should Gay Millennials Be Considering Buying a Home?

Last weekend, I hosted an open house in Kalorama. My property, a newly listed studio condominium, much larger than your average micro-efficiency, was full of charm and priced just above $220,000, very reasonable for the Kalorama market. This was truly a first-time buyer’s dream place. With each passing walk-in, I made two observations. First, half… Read more »

Either Way, You’re Still Paying a Mortgage

 There are some people that have not purchased a home because they are uncomfortable taking on the obligation of a mortgage. Everyone should realize that, unless you are living with your parents rent free, you are paying a mortgage – either your mortgage or your landlord’s. As a paper from the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University explains: “Households… Read more »

Buying a House? 4 Reasons to DO IT NOW

Here are four great reasons to consider buying a house today, instead of waiting. 1. PRICES WILL CONTINUE TO RISE The Home Price Expectation Survey polls a distinguished panel of over 100 economists, investment strategists, and housing market analysts. Their most recent report projects appreciation in home values over the next five years to be between 30.8% (most… Read more »

June Existing Home Sales Report

June Existing Home Sales Report The month of June looked promising according to its Existing Home Sales Report. Existing home sales, prices, and inventory were up from last year while distressed home sales saw a significant decline. Don’t hesitate to contact us with any and all real estate questions. We can be found on the… Read more »

Weekly Mortgage Rate Update

Weekly Mortgage Rate Update as July 11th, 2014.       Don’t hesitate to contact us with any and all real estate questions. We can be found on the web at www.themoellerteam.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/moellerteam Todd Moeller Seven Gables Real Estate Todd@themoellerteam.com 714-404-9540        

The Window of Opportunity is Closing

The Window of Opportunity is Closing Summer is flying by and so is the second best time of the year to sell a home. Window of Opportunity: The second best time of the year to sell will come to an end as soon as the kids go back to school and housing transitions into the Autumn… Read more »

5 Reasons to Sell Now

Many sellers are still hesitant about putting their house up for sale. Where are prices headed? Where are interest rates headed? Can buyers qualify for a mortgage?  These are all valid questions. However, there are several reasons to sell your home sooner rather than later. Here are 5 reasons to sell now. 1. DEMAND IS STRONG… Read more »

Where is the Minneapolis Gayborhood?

Minneapolis has no gayborhood. Wait. Why is that a good thing? Because in Minneapolis, every neighborhood is a gayborhood. Historically, the Gateway District in downtown Minneapolis (near the Gay 90s) was considered the first “gay ghetto.” Loring Park was considered the city’s gayborhood for decades, and Twin Cities Pride is still held there. In the… Read more »

Is Residential Real Estate Really a ‘Crapshoot’?

That is what a headline announced in a CNNMoney post Monday. They were quoting Karl Case “an economist whose name is synonymous with home prices. He is co-creator of the much watched S&P/Case-Shiller home price indexes with Bob Shiller, who won the Nobel Prize in economics last year.” Case did explain that the commonly held belief that housing prices… Read more »

NAR Reports Reveal Two Reasons to Sell Now

NAR Reports Reveal Two Reasons to Sell Now We all realize that the best time to sell anything is when demand is high and the supply of that item is limited. The last two major reports issued by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) revealed information that suggests that now may be the best time… Read more »

Is Real Estate your Best Long Term Investment?

At least 20% of all age groups believe real estate is the best long term investment. Younger generations were found to be more skeptic about the viability of real estate as a long term investment while the older age groups were more agreeable with this fact. Do you agree with your age group? Don’t hesitate… Read more »

Is the US Real Estate Market Stalling?

After picking up momentum over the last couple of years, there are some signs that the US housing market may be slowing. The Washington Post reports: The third installment of Freddie’s “Multi-Indicator Market Index” (or MiMi), which sizes up homebuying activity and other factors, found that only 10 states and the District of Columbia fall… Read more »

Manhattan Condo Prices Decline the Most in Three Years

Manhattan condominium prices fell in April by the most in more than three years, a sign the market is slowing during the busiest selling season. Sale prices for previously owned units dropped 1.4 percent from March, the biggest decline since September 2010, after four consecutive monthly increases, according to a report today by real estate… Read more »

5 Reasons to Sell Now

Many sellers are still hesitant about putting their house up for sale. Where are prices headed? Where are interest rates headed? Can buyers qualify for a mortgage? These are all valid questions. However, there are several reasons to sell your home sooner rather than later. Here are 5 reasons to sell now! 1. Demand is… Read more »

Keeping It Local: Yorba Linda Richard Nixon Library

Keeping It Local: Yorba Linda Richard Nixon Library In this week’s series of Keeping it Local, we share information on Yorba Linda’s Richard Nixon Library and Museum. Below are highlights, tour information and  details on the Richard Nixon Library and Museum. Richard Nixon Library and Museum Situated on nine rolling acres in Yorba Linda, California, the Richard Nixon… Read more »

The Best Overlooked Cities for Gay Twentysomethings

“Best cities lists” for those who identify as LGBT are often pretty predictable: New York, San Francisco, London, Paris, Berlin, Provincetown, you know the drill. Lists that continue to look only to these obvious strongholds miss out on a growing number of other equally exciting and progressive locations around the world that are ideal for… Read more »

Keeping it Local: Haven Gastropub

Keeping it Local: Haven Gastropub In this week’s series of Keeping It Local, we feature the Haven Gastropub. This is a great place to enjoy high quality, freshly prepared food at reasonable prices, maintaining purveyors of local or organic produce, sustainable seafood, and humanely raised meat and poultry as often as possible. About Haven Gastropub Haven… Read more »

Tips for Cleaning Your Home

Tips for Cleaning Your Home Stains and odors Once you find a stain blot it up immediately while putting a plastic liner or garbage baf between the cushion and the fabric so the contaminant does not spread to the cushion. The rinse with cold water as best you can, the cold water doesn’t set stains… Read more »

Avoiding an Audit

Avoiding an Audit Ellen Stark, with Money Magazine, posted some insightful wisdom regarding audits. Here, she briefly explains the importance of your risk of getting audited. We have included the article and a small comment. “The clock is ticking toward the tax filing deadline on April 15th.  We’ve got tax tips for you.  Today, how… Read more »

Working with Lenders

Working with Lenders Referrals Referral from friends and family can offer extensive knowledge about a specific lender. Loan processes can change from lender to lender, therefore, understanding the processes of your lender beforehand is extremely beneficial. Research your lender From above, it should be noted that having the necessary information before you meet with a… Read more »

Emerging Home Trends

  Emerging Home Trends Cabinets Kitchen cabinets are shifting to warmer gray tones from oranges and browns for a more authentic look. Cleaner designs are becoming more popular and thus hardware is becoming less visible, more modern, big drawers are favored because of the easier access. Bathrooms Bathrooms are continuing to look more luxurious. TVs… Read more »

Tax Breaks for Homeowners

Tax Breaks for Homeowners Homeowners can acquire several tax breaks but most are clueless about such benefits. Two important tax breaks ‘homeowners can use are on mortgage interest and selling your home. Claiming Mortgage Interest Claiming mortgage interest is one of the most common deductions among taxpayers and has been evolving for the last 10… Read more »

Buy Now Not Later

Money Magazine: Buy Now not Later We have often suggested that potential home buyers consider rising interest rates when thinking about the true cost of a home. Remember, cost is not determined by price alone but by price and mortgage rate. The longer a buyer waits, the higher the mortgage payment will be if rates… Read more »

Fixed Rate Mortgages

Fixed Rate Mortgages Today there are many houses that you can buy. As such, there also several options on how to actually buy that house. Specifically, today we will discuss fixed rate mortgages, the pros and cons of 30 and 15-year fixed rate mortgages and the differences in interest paid over the life of the… Read more »

Prevent Basement Floods

Prevent Basement Floods Making your basement into a comfortable living area can significantly raise the value of your home but it is extremely important for you to take the necessary action before you start your remodel. The basement could turn into a massive loss if not protected. The largest concern a basement has is its… Read more »

Foreclosure Timeline

Foreclosure Timeline We know it is never in the minds of the borrower that they may foreclose at some point but it does happen.  A life changing financial event suddenly occurs such as medical bills, eroding property, divorce, etc., which significantly changes the nature of the borrower’s ability to pay his/her mortgage payments. Borrowers become… Read more »

Worthless Home Improvement

Worthless Home Improvement Homeowners partake in certain “renovations” that they think will drastically improve the value of their house. When in reality, it probably wasn’t the best investment. Here I will discuss a couple things homeowners do but don’t actually help the value of the home. There are more than you think. 1. Beautiful Landscape:… Read more »

Mortgage Monday: How to Speed Up the Mortgage Process

Mortgage Monday: Do you want to speed up the mortgage process? Do you want to speed up your mortgage process? The length of your mortgage process depends on the loan type, the property and several other considerations. Furthermore, consumers looking to make their mortgage move faster must have patience and preparation because you are at… Read more »

What Effect Do Gayborhoods Have on Urban Areas?

The sociological and economic benefits of urban “gayborhoods” — loosely defined as neighborhoods in which many gay men and lesbians concentrate — was discussed at length on HuffPost Live this week. Interestingly, Professor Janice Madden found an interesting discrepancy between the neighborhoods which traditionally attract gay men versus those that draw a high lesbian population…. Read more »

Why Gayborhoods Are Important

For the world premiere of HBO’s Looking, the new show about the lives of three gay men in the Bay Area, the cable network turned to one of the epicenters of gay culture in perhaps the most gay-friendly city in the country: the Castro Theatre, right in the center of one of the most thriving… Read more »

Gentrification is Hard to Stop

Cities are transforming, and it’s palpable. The reliable no-frills coffeehouse shut down and two months later, there’s an artisan bakery selling baguettes for $6. Your favorite barber tells customers he can no longer afford the rent; meanwhile a chain salon around the corner has an hour wait. These scenes are all too familiar for the… Read more »

The Castro Gayborhood Association Votes for Street Upgrades

A Castro group will pay nearly $122,000 for decorative improvements in the heart of San Francisco’s gay business district as part of a sidewalk widening project expected to break ground in late February. At its meeting last night (Thursday, February 13) the Castro Upper Market Community Benefit District board voted to allocate the money toward… Read more »

Ten Huge Apartments For Sale in New York City

Time for a little fantasy living – Jeremiah Budin has compiled a list of the ten largest apartments for sale in NYC. Curbed reports: One of the biggest concessions of living in New York City is giving up the dream of having what most people would call “a reasonable amount of space,” and instead squeezing… Read more »

The Advocate’s 7th Gayest City for 2014: Madison, Wisconsin

Madison is outdoorsy, educated, friendly, and progressive. Larger cities Milwaukee and Chicago are within driving distance, but even so, the city’s got its own day — and nightlife. Locals imbibe at slick video bar Plan B (PlanBMadison.com; Thursdays are 18 and over); the bear-leather-sports bar Woof’s (WoofsMadison.com): the big disco FIVE (FiveNightclubMadison.com); the relaxing Captain… Read more »

The Advocate’s 10th Gayest City for 2014: Arlington, Virginia

Sitting right next to D.C., Arlington has three LGBT elected officials and a gay rodeo association. But more than that, this city has the Arlington Gay & Lesbian Alliance, offering social activities and community service, and popular gay bar and brunch spot Freddie’s Beach Bar & Restaurant (FreddiesBeachBar.com) and gay-popular divey beer bar Galaxy Hut… Read more »

Should You Buy a Home in 2014?

2013 was an up and down year for mortgage interest rates, though they remained relatively low. What can we anticipate for 2014 and will it be a good time to think about buying a home? The Web site loanlove.com which offers prospective buyers advice on the ever-fluctuating mortgage rate market in a down-to-earth style, says… Read more »

Lake Tahoe is Reinventing Itself

It’s a long-awaited sight around here, as welcome as a big snowfall on the ski slopes ringing the lake. Hard hats are swarming over Lake Tahoe’s “hole in the ground,” a vast construction site on Highway 50 that sat dormant for nearly five years. A $15 million shopping and dining complex has been rising from… Read more »

Toronto’s Astounding Condo Boom

The worst of times are usually obvious, as in the case of Toronto under Rob Ford. The best of times can take longer to reveal themselves — as in the case of Toronto under Rob Ford, which is most likely to be remembered by future historians not for its political buffoonery but for the amazing… Read more »

Las Vegas’s City Center Makes a Comeback

Check into the Mandarin Oriental on the middle of the Las Vegas Strip, look out the window of your room and you might see something you didn’t quite expect. Yes, there are people living in the building across from you. The lights and TVs and stoves are on at the Veer Towers, where condos have… Read more »

New York City Announces Urban Renewal Project

The city on Wednesday announced plans for a residential, commercial and cultural complex on a large swath of undeveloped land on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Long known as the Seward Park Renewal Area project, the new Essex Crossing complex will be built on nine city-owned lots over a span of many years. It will include… Read more »

New LGBT Senior Apartments Opening in Minnesota

As rapidly as times are changing, the age group with the lowest acceptance for the LGBT community is inevitably seniors–which is especially difficult for those LGBT senior citizens in need of affordable housing. However, as of September 1, LGBT seniors now have an option custom-made for them: the newly opened Spirit on Lake apartments in… Read more »

Wisconsin Town Bans LGBT Housing Discrimination

Appleton becomes the third city in Wisconsin to adopt rules against housing discrimination based on gender identity. The city’s diversity coordinator, Kathy Flores, says there are no state or federal protections for transgender individuals, so it’s up to communities to adopt rules. The Department of Housing and Urban Development says 17 states and 160 cities… Read more »

Tips to Ease the Stress of Relocation

For many of us that have been “stuck in our homes” for the past half dozen years, this is great news. There comes a time in our lives that we need to pick ourselves up and move ahead. You’re going to start a new beginning, which is why you need to get started on the… Read more »

Austin’s Top Ten Gayborhoods

Austin is one of the most progressive, liberal, and gay-friendly places in America. If you ask a gay person in Austin where the gay neighborhood is, you’ll most likely get the response “We don’t have a gay neighborhood, the whole city is gay friendly.” That’s pretty accurate. Austin is one of the most friendly cities… Read more »

Kansas City Condo Sales Still Sluggish

As the condo market heats up in other parts of the country, sales in Kansas City are still in the doldrums. The Kansas City Star reports: The difference between buying a condo and a single-family home is night and day,” said Dan Farmer, a mortgage banker at Peoples Bank. “I ask Realtors to talk to… Read more »

New Project Debated in Dallas Gayborhood

Oak Lawn residents are petitioning the City Council to block rezoning that would allow the Dallas Housing Authority to build a high-density complex on their Cedar Springs Place property. A 200-unit development stood on the Hartford Street property between Kings Road and Hawthorne Avenue. Like many older apartments in Oak Lawn, it was torn down… Read more »

New London, Connecticut Becoming a Gay Mecca

Packed into this picturesque, pocket-sized seaport are three colleges, a slew of historic sites and a bustling, red-brick train station. Yet beyond the gleam of the Thames River lies a struggling Northeastern city. For a time, the pitch to remake New London revolved around visions of upscale condos, a five-star hotel and an influx of… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Mary G. Murray, Arlington, Massachusetts

Periodically we’ll feature one of our real estate professionals here to let our readers know about some great Realtors, Mortgage Brokers, and Other Real Estate Professionals. Mary is a lifetime Arlington resident with 26 years of experience in the city’s real estate market. Arlington is a diverse community offering a suburban setting with city access…. Read more »

Florida Condo Association Bars Gay Couples

Lovely – a Florida condo association is specifically barring same sex couples from buying a home in the project. On Top Magazine reports: Casa Di Amici Condo in Venice adopted the restriction in July. It states that only single people or couples legally married as “husband and wife” can purchase a home. “Sales limited to… Read more »

St. Petersburg, Florida – The New San Francisco?

The first time I ever heard St. Petersburg described as the “San Francisco of the East” was on an episode of Queer As Folk a few years ago. One character considered a vacation to Florida and another one asked him where he was going. When he responded “St. Petersburg.” the other character said something like… Read more »

Good News for DC Homebuyers

There are several pieces of good news on the horizon for homebuyers. First, the D.C. real estate market is about to enter its fall season of active listings, which will increase the inventory of available homes for purchase. The D.C. market has two seasons of market activity: spring and fall. Imagine a line graph in… Read more »

Steps to Home Ownership for LGBT Buyers

Buying a home may be the biggest investment you’ll make in your lifetime. The process can be exciting and for many, it can also be intimidating. There are additional factors for same-sex couples to consider that may make the process more complex, although some of these are changing due to recent Supreme Court rulings on… Read more »

Do You Need a Condo or a Single Family Home?

Vive la difference! We live in a society where we have choices, and can make decisions based on our lifestyles, needs and capabilities. Single family homes and condominiums are two of the choices we can make when electing to purchase a home and one of them is assuredly the better choice for you. The two… Read more »

What to Do First When Buying a Home

The recent uptick in the real estate market reminds us that the American dream of home ownership is alive and well. Many people experience a sense of pride and security knowing that their sanctuary actually belongs to them. If you find yourself scanning real estate listings and watching one virtual tour after another, it may… Read more »

The Revival of a Philadelphia Gayborhood – Midtown Village

“We love 13th Street!” proclaim chef Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran on their website. It clearly shows: The pair, partners in business and in life, have branched out from a lone home goods boutique at 107 South 13th Street in 2002 to six thriving businesses at the epicenter of Midtown Village, including the nucleus of… Read more »

Andersonville, One of Chicago’s Newest Gayborhoods

If there’s three things that Chicago is known for right now, it’s the Blackhawks, Oprah (It will always be Oprah), and its eclectic collection of neighborhoods. And the one neighborhood that remains a bit of a destination for Chicagoans and tourists alike is Andersonville. Traditionally a Swedish neighborhood, this budding home design district-meets-gayborhood-meets newly gentrified… Read more »

Jodie Foster’s West Hollywood Home for Sale

Actress Jodie Foster has put her Los Sngeles area mansion on the market. On Top Magazine reports: The Wall Street Journal reported that the Hollywood Hills Spanish villa is composed of roughly 6,000 square feet, has four bedrooms, four full bathrooms and two half-baths. Foster purchased the property in August 1997 from model and actress… Read more »

Why So Many Gays Live in Ft. Lauderdale

Well there’s a reason this sunny beach city is Florida’s gay capital, she’s filled with queers! As one of the first areas to legalize protection from discrimination based on sexual orientation, Broward County was also the first school district to support LGBT History Month this past October. Outside the legal wins and historical moments, Fort… Read more »

Gay Retiree Communities Popping Up Across the US

When David Webb, a real estate investor from the San Francisco Bay Area, and his longtime partner, Lynn McLaughlin, were looking to retire, they thought they’d give Naples, Fla., a try. “We were the token gay couple,” says Webb, 62. Invitations to dinner parties were frequent. But when a local country club refused them admission–not… Read more »

Silverlake – The New Gay Mecca

Looking for a great gay-friendly mecca in the Los Angeles? West Hollywood is sooooo 2010, Ken Williams at LA Weekly says… Silverlake is the new place to be: The new gay paradigm, in fact, makes the culture of West Hollywood look obsolete. It wasn’t long ago that gay men had to embrace certain cultural hallmarks… Read more »

Today’s Real Estate Report – Florida

At Gay Realty Watch, we look for news to share with you about the gay real estate market – both lgbt real estate news and news specific to gay and lesbian real estate meccas. If you have a gay real estate story that you’d like to share with us, contact us at info@2016.gayrealtynetwork.com. Today, in… Read more »

Today’s Real Estate Report: Mexico

Today, in our ongoing series about local real estate markets, we’ll take a look at home sales and trends in Mexico: First off, The New York Times has an article about Mexican tourist towns: Mexico’s tourist towns are slowly recovering from the global economic crisis, said Larry Stebbins, a broker for San Miguel Sotheby’s International… Read more »

How to Buy a House Online

(Spoiler alert–you have to get offline and go look at the houses in person) Like most things in the world, the internet has revolutionized real estate.  There was a time when you had to physically go into a real estate brokerage to look at listings.  They were printed up and put into a binder that… Read more »

Washington DC Market Remained Strong in October

Office and apartment vacancy rates in the Washington, DC, area are both lower than national averages, Washington Business Journal reported. Nationwide, the office vacancy rate for the final quarter of 2012 is 15.7 percent, according to the National Association of Realtors, the Business Journal reported: The office vacancy rate in the District is 9.4 percent…. Read more »

Northwest Arkansas Home Sales Strong in October

Local real estate agents possibly put 17.13% more money in their pockets in October, thanks to active buyers and higher home prices from the same month in 2011. Agents across Benton and Washington counties sold 470 homes in October with a value of $84.44 million, compared to $69.973 million for 420 sales in the year-over-year… Read more »

Talking Gay Real Estate With Realtor Andy Weiser

Andy Weiser is arguably South Florida’s best-known and most successful gay realtor. Weiser has consistently been ranked in the top 1 percent of Coldwell Banker’s 96,700 agents at 3,300 offices in 49 countries. Media as diverse as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Miami Herald and CNN use him as a resource… Read more »

Saint Louis City Neighborhoods

St Louis and St. Louis City is home to a significant number of GLBT and communities.  The City of St. Louis, which runs along the Mississippi River has resurrected itself to be one of the most open GLBT communities in the US (Advocate 2011). When I moved here 25 years ago, I found myself in… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Andrew D. Daily, Plymouth, Michigan

Periodically we’ll feature one of our real estate professionals here to let our readers know about some great Realtors, Mortgage Brokers, and Other Real Estate Professionals. Andrew helps sellers using the best of current technology, including property marketing services and advanced buyer tools, to give you a competitive edge in todays real estate sale &… Read more »

Winnipeg Home Sales Dropped in September

SALES of existing homes in Winnipeg dropped 14 per cent in September, but industry officials say it’s too soon to say if three straight months of weakening sales is the start of a market correction or a temporary aberration. The Winnipeg Realtors Association said Friday that Multiple Listing Service (MLS) sales fell to 1,040 units… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Virginia Ruffulo, Medford, Oregon

Periodically we’ll feature one of our real estate professionals here to let our readers know about some great Realtors, Mortgage Brokers, and Other Real Estate Professionals. Virginia been selling Medford real estate for over 12 years, and she is a lifetime member of the million dollar club. She lives on 20 beautiful acres, raises kids,horses,… Read more »