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Debbie Barrera, Lesbian Austin Real Estate Agent

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Debbie BarreraPeriodically 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:

Debbie is a fun, friendly, professional Austin Realtor with over 10 years real estate experience. Austin is a Blue dot in a Red State, very LGBT friendly!

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Terry’s Blog: You Need To Hire A Real Estate Agent That Is Not Afraid To Negotiate When You Are Buying A Home

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You Need To Hire A Real Estate Agent That Is Not Afraid To Negotiate When You Are Buying A Home
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The way the real estate market works might seem more simple than it sounds. You find a house you like, you put in an offer, and you move in if accepted. Nevertheless, from finding financing to locating the right inspector, there’s so much more that goes into it. Here are some of the things you may not have known about purchasing real estate.

If you are planning on making improvements to a property after purchase, have several professionals in that line of work come and give you quotes before you close the deal. You may be able to factor some of these costs in at closing and/or get a credit towards your purchase from the seller.

For buyers that have lost their home to foreclosure keep your dream alive. There may have been many reasons for losing the home such as job loss. Keep in mind that someday you will own a home again and places like Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac can give you that dream again. Just make sure that you start saving now because you might have a higher down payment because of it.fbcoverTerryBornitz

Prices Surging for Philly Home Sales

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Philadelphia Real Estate

Home values in a highly competitive Philadelphia Real Estate market – newly reclassified by the real estate search engine Zillow as “very hot” – finished the first quarter of 2016 higher than the peak the Philadelphia Real Estate market reached just before the housing bubble burst in 2007.

“[This] implies that all of the losses in house values due to the bubble’s deflation and subsequent recession have now been recovered. The average Philadelphia home has achieved a new all-time high in value,” said Kevin Gillen, chief economist for Meyers Research and senior research fellow at Drexel University’s Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation.

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.

Authored By Alan J. Heavens
See the Full Story at Philly.com

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Pat Shannon, Gay Friendly Arlington Real Estate Agent

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Pat Shannon, Gay Friendly Arlington Real Estate AgentPeriodically 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:

Pat Shannon is an experienced, professional Arlington real estate agent – she cares about her clients on a personal level.

While some Arlington real estate agents may see you as just another transaction, Pat knows that buying or selling a home can be an emotional and often complex experience. She will treat you with respect, and help make the process more clear and straightforward.

If you are selling your Arlington-area home, or want to buy Arlington real estate, please give Pat a call!

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Rainbow Crosswalks for Austin?

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Rainbow Crosswalks - Austin

LGBT advocates in America’s third-gayest city have renewed their push to install rainbow-colored crosswalks on a downtown street.

Austin Pride wants two rainbow-colored crosswalks on Bettie Naylor Street — named for a pioneering Texas LGBT activist — in the city’s warehouse district, which is home to its largest gay nightclubs.

The rainbow crosswalks received initial approval from the City Council in 2014, but the proposal was later rejected due to a lack of public support after some nearby business owners objected.

Now, Austin Pride has launched a Change.org petition to resurrect the project.

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.

Authored By John Wright
See the Full Story at Towleroad

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Terry’s Blog: Benefit From Staging A Home

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Benefit From Staging A Home
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To increase the chance of actually selling a home you need to think about different ways you can make a home look appealing. Staging a home is one of the most overlooked ways you can interest buyers to make an offer. When you present a property you want it to look like the type of home a family or couple would want to move into. Read this article for some tips on how to stage a home to catch the interest of potential buyers.

Before you decide to add furniture and items to stage a home clean it out first. Repaint any rooms that have faded paint and redo floors that have been chipped. Take a tour of the interior of your home and fix anything that is not working properly or that does not look presentable. Homebuyers thoroughly look through a home to determine whether or not it is a place they want to live. Remember, this could be a place they are going to commit a lot of years to live in so they want the home that is in the best shape possible. Closely inspect your home and change anything you feel doesn’t look presentable.

If you have already moved out of the home then you are going to want to fill it with furniture. Either place some of your old furniture back in the home or borrow some from neighbors and friends. You can add a combination of the two and mix furniture together. Just as long as you make the home look like it’s being live in it will help increase your chances of selling. This is called staging a home to look presentable during an open house. When you do not have access to furniture consider calling a local furniture store. Work out a deal where you can present their furniture in a home you are trying to sell. You can let them know this is free advertising and that you can hand out business cards or flyers to people that are interested in the furniture.

The inside and outside of a home must both be staged. Clean up the landscape of a home to make it look appealing to buyers. Take advantage of any patios or decks. Add a grill and lounge area if possible to give people an idea of what it would be like to experience the backyard during those warm summer days and nights. A lot of buyers look to have a home that has promising backyard.

Staging a home is part of the selling process. Empty rooms make a house look dead. Do what will help improve your chances at selling a home and give people an idea of what the home would look like with furniture. The biggest mistake people make is neglecting to take the time to think about what will appeal to buyers. Do not forget to take pictures of the home when it is staged so that you can upload them online and on the MLS to attract buyers.fbcoverTerryBornitz

Clara Mitchell Enns, Gay Friendly Winnipeg Real Estate Agent

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Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Clara Mitchell Enns, Winnipeg, Manitoba, CanadaPeriodically 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:

Clara has worked in Winnipeg real estate for more than twenty years.

Whether you are buying or selling Winnipeg real estate, we will use our strategic pricing techniques and proven marketing techniques to get you the best price, as quickly as possible.

Give Clara a call and put her and her full service team to work for you!

Winnipeg is one of the most gay-friendly Canadian cities, with many neighbourhoods that welcome all walks of life!

Clara is familiar with all of Winnipeg’s neighborhoods, and can help you find the one that suits you best.

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Terry’s Blog: Home Buying Tips And Tricks Of The Professionals

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Home Buying Tips And Tricks Of The Professionals
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Buying real estate doesn’t have to be difficult, but you have to learn more about it to get into it and be able to make the right choices. So often, people forget the importance of their investment and are swept away by the moment, but you could avoid doing that with these simple tips.

For both sellers and buyers make sure that you always gather data about things. Look at the newspaper in that area for things like foreclosed homes, current and historic median selling prices and also how long homes are staying on the market. Also look up things like unemployment rate and crime rates for the area.

To avoid costly upgrades, pay attention to the heating or plumbing when visiting a house. Look at the ceilings and floors to detect any leaks. Ask the owners to turn the heat on so you can see if the furnace functions well. If anything looks old, prepare yourself for replacing it.

A better interest rate is available for the home buyer that has the money to put a deposit or down payment on a home. The more money that you have to put toward the down payment, the less you are going to pay in interest charges, for the duration of your mortgage.

Know the maximum amount that you want to pay for a home or that you can afford to pay for a home. Getting a pre-approval from a lender can help you know how much this is. Just because you got pre-approved for a certain amount does not mean that you have to buy a house for that much.

Don’t forget that buying real estate is an instant benefit and should be a long term benefit, as well. This is an investment, and one that you want to be made with the right knowledge in mind. Getting started isn’t hard, and can be done with the help of this article and the tips that are offered.fbcoverTerryBornitz

Why Washington DC is the Best City for Gays

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New York? Yawn. San Francisco? It’s been overrun by tech junkies. Chicago? Might as well be Shreveport.

The jury is officially in, via my Facebook page, and Washington, D.C., has been declared the best city to be gay. But what makes our nation’s capital the ideal urban fruitopia for the LGBT community? Succinctly, today’s Washington is the perfect coming together of vibrant neighborhoods, good restaurants, nightlife, events and cute guys.

Gay sports leagues, happy hours, a growing theater scene — all of this gives D.C. a certain gay camaraderie that other cities seem to lack. Plus, this city makes brunching an Olympic sport. Here are nine reasons of why you shouldn’t waste your time with any other city.

#9 There Are More of Us Here. There’s no denying that. Even though we aren’t a state, yet, D.C. has the largest percentage of gays and lesbians in the United States. Bringing up the rear, so to speak, North Dakota.

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Authored By Brock Thompson
See the Full Story at The Washington Blade

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Terry’s Blog: Having A Hard Time Understanding Home Mortgages? Follow These Tips!

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Having A Hard Time Understanding Home Mortgages? Follow These Tips!
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Watch out for banks offering a “no cost” mortgage loan. There is really no such thing as “no cost”. The closing costs with “no cost” mortgages is rolled into the mortgage loan instead of being due upfront. This means that you will be paying interest on the closing costs.

If your mortgage has been approved, avoid any moves that may change your credit rating. Your lender may run a second credit check before the closing and any suspicious activity may affect your interest rate. Don’t close credit card accounts or take out any additional loans. Pay every bill on time.

Determine what sort of mortgage you want. There is more than one kind of home loan. Understanding these differences will make it simpler to apply it to your own situation, this way you can figure out what works best. Talk to your lender about your mortgage optionsfbcoverTerryBornitz