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June Existing Home Sales Report

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June Existing Home Sales Report

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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.

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Todd Moeller

Seven Gables Real Estate

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714-404-9540

Terry’s Blog: Important Things To Consider When Selling Your House

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Important Things To Consider When Selling Your House

Terry is a gay friendly realtor in Sioux Falls SD.  You may reach him at 605-351-1008 or terry@terrybornitz.com

Terry is a gay friendly realtor in Sioux Falls SD. You may reach him at 605-351-1008 or terry@terrybornitz.com


Everyone knows that it takes a lot to sell your home. It is a long process that you must have patience for. However, the process can go a lot smoother if you are well-informed about the details of home selling. That is what the following article is going to do, give you information so you are well-informed before selling your home.

Improving the lighting in your home will increase its appeal. Take down any dark curtains you might have up, replace light bulbs with higher wattage bulbs and clean all of the windows until they shine. A bright, well-lit home, is at the top of the buyers wish list, right behind a good location, so be sure to do all that you can to illuminate your home.

Hiring a Realtor is worth considering when selling your home. Using a Realtor, versus selling on your own, gives you professional advice and opinions, and accurate information for pricing your home. In addition, you’ll receive maximum exposure through MLS listings and advertising. This can help you achieve a faster sale and higher selling price.

Many studies have shown that a goal that is written is more likely to become a reality. When buying or selling a home, take a minute to write down the goals that you have. Set a budget and a schedule to work with and you will find it quite helpful in either side of the market.

Clean out your closets. Not only do prospective buyers not want to see all your belongings, they need to be able to get an idea of exactly how much storage space is available. Do the same thing with kitchen and bathroom cabinets. It’s all about creating the idea of extra space.

In conclusion, selling our home is a long process, one that you have to try to be patient with. You can help make the process easier if you are educated in the topic of home selling. The goal of the above article is to help you become informed about home selling. Good luck!fbcoverTerryBornitz

Living in Gay Friendly California

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Gay Long Beach Real EstateLast week, we took a look at the most gay-friendly places to live in the U.S. Today we are zooming in to have a look at California, assuredly a great place for gay people to call home. We reviewed The Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) “Equality Index” which evaluated 137 U.S. cities from all 50 states as to their LGBT- supportive criteria. Of that bunch, only 11 scored 100 percent on the index, and yes, six of those 11 were located in California.

The 47 standards included such elements as nondiscrimination laws, relationship recognition, employment practices, inclusiveness of city services, law enforcement and municipal leadership. The six California cities to be anointed as deserving a perfect rating were Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Palm Springs, Long Beach and West Hollywood. Cities receiving A’s but slightly less than perfect scores included Berkeley (95); Sacramento (91) and Oakland (92).

Trulia did a comparable study of gay-friendly communities and broke it down to specifically gay male and lesbian concentrations. San Francisco made both lists, with the Castro district and Noe Valley high on both. As to California venues, Palm Springs and West Hollywood made the gay list; Oakland and Guerneville, Calif. the lesbian one.

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 Del Phillips – See the Full Story at LGBT Weekly

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Terry’s Blog: Real Estate Tips For The Home Buyer

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Real Estate Tips For The Home Buyer

Terry is a gay friendly realtor in Sioux Falls SD.  You may reach him at 605-351-1008 or terry@terrybornitz.com

Terry is a gay friendly realtor in Sioux Falls SD. You may reach him at 605-351-1008 or terry@terrybornitz.com


Anyone that is in the market to buy a new home or has ever purchased a house knows how long of a process this can really be. It is time consuming, and stressful, though it usually turns out for the better. This article will give you some tips to get through the home buying process.

If you are a first-time homebuyer, don’t make the mistake of buying the first house that you like. You need to view at least three other houses that are comparable in value, before making a decision. Too often, people get caught up in the mere idea of buying a house, not realizing that there may be something better out there.

To find a well-maintained property, try looking for a home in the fall. You will be able to see issues that may not have show up during other times of the year. For example, pay close attention to the gutters; if they are full of leaves, it indicates that the seller hasn’t been caring for them properly. This may lead you to question what else on the residence hasn’t been maintained.

To select the right city or area for you, you should visit it before thinking about moving there. Ask people who live there what the job market or the school district is like. Make sure you move to an area that will open new careers possibilities for you and your family.

To make sure you get a good home, you should pay attention to details such as appliances. Most people will sell their kitchen and bathroom appliances with their home. Make sure everything functions properly and does not look too old. Check the furnace too. If anything looks too old, do not forget to include it in your budget.

You saw how hard it can be to buy a house. You can lose a lot of sleep and feel very stressed. Hopefully you can follow the advice given in this article and lessen some of the hardship that home buying can bring to your life. Remember to take your time, and never rush into buying a house.fbcoverTerryBornitz

Weekly Mortgage Rate Update

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Weekly Mortgage Rate Update as July 11th, 2014.

 

 

 

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Seven Gables Real Estate

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Terry’s Blog: Real Estate Tips For Sellers That Work

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Real Estate Tips For Sellers That Work

Terry is a gay friendly realtor in Sioux Falls SD.  You may reach him at 605-351-1008 or terry@terrybornitz.com

Terry is a gay friendly realtor in Sioux Falls SD. You may reach him at 605-351-1008 or terry@terrybornitz.com


Selling a home can be one of the most biggest decisions a person can make in life. That is why it is very crucial that you are educated on the topic. In the following article, you are going to be given advice and tips that will help you through this important decision.

Don’t rely on your Realtor alone to do all of the advertising for you. In today’s real estate market, you need all the exposure you can get. Take out an ad in the paper, and post to Craigslist. Always refer back to their contact information, but put the word out there yourself to ensure that no one misses out on the property that you have for sale.

Think about your sales price and choose it carefully when selling your home. If you set the price too high, it will turn off many buyers. You cannot undo this damage once it has been done. Those buyers will always know what you originally asked and they will see it as a weakness.

If you’re waiting to sell your house: maybe until the market recovers a bit; or because you can’t find a buyer, then renovate! Re-tile the entryway, plant some flowering bushes, go ahead and get those new cabinets for the kitchen. It’ll make the house more appealing and make your home worth more when you do find a buyer. Of course, if you do the work yourself, you’ll get even more bang for your buck!

As was stated in the beginning of the article, one of the most important decisions a person makes in their life is to sell their home. Being educated on the topic can make selling your home a success. The advice provided to you in this article is the first step in becoming educated in the home-selling process.fbcoverTerryBornitz

Are Gayborhoods Going Straight?

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There Goes the Gayborhood coverNew research finds that traditionally gay neighbourhoods are becoming increasingly “straight” places, and could be at risk of losing their distinct cultural identity.

Fewer same-sex couples reside in historically gay neighbourhoods compared to 10 years ago, according to one of the largest studies of sexuality in the U.S. Led by University of British Columbia sociologist Amin Ghaziani, the study found the number of gay men who live in gay enclaves has declined eight per cent while the number of lesbians has dropped 13 per cent.

Ghaziani’s research, which is collected in his new book There Goes the Gayborhood, suggests that San Francisco’s Castro district, New York’s Chelsea, Chicago’s Boystown and other “gayborhoods” are changing as growing numbers of heterosexual households join or replace gays and lesbians. He offers several reasons for the shift, including gentrification, changing attitudes among gays and lesbians, and growing acceptance of same-sex couples.

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.

See the Full Story at UBC News

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Is the US Undergoing a Mass Gentrification?

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Census data suggests that in 1980 a college graduate could expect to earn about 38 percent more than a worker with only a high-school diploma. Since then, the difference in their wages has only widened as our economy has shifted to bestow greater and greater rewards on the well-educated. By 2000, that number was about 57 percent. By 2011: 73 percent.

These figures, though, reflect only part of the inequality that has pushed the lives of college and high school graduates in America farther apart. As the returns to education have increased, according to Stanford economist Rebecca Diamond, the geographic segregation of the most educated workers has, too — and not by neighborhood, but by entire city. This effectively means that college graduates in America aren’t simply gaining access to higher wages. They’re gaining access to high-cost cities like New York or San Francisco that offer so much more than good jobs: more restaurants, better schools, less crime, even cleaner air.

“With wage inequality, you could just observe the average wage of a college graduate, and the average wage of a high school graduate,” says Diamond, whose research has gone a step further to calculate what she calls “economic well-being inequality.” “But then on top of that, college graduates also live in the nicest cities in the country. They’re getting more benefits, even net of fact that they’re paying higher housing costs.”

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 Emily Badger
– See the Full Story at The Washington Post

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Terry’s Blog: Getting The Best From Your Home Mortgage

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Getting The Best From Your Home Mortgage

Terry is a gay friendly realtor in Sioux Falls SD.  You may reach him at 605-351-1008 or terry@terrybornitz.com

Terry is a gay friendly realtor in Sioux Falls SD. You may reach him at 605-351-1008 or terry@terrybornitz.com


Home mortgages are serious business, and it should be handled with care. Getting a mortgage without the right information results in negative consequences. If you want to get a home loan, read the following article to learn more.

Save enough money to make a down payment. Lenders may accept as little as 3.5% down but try to make a larger down payment. If you put down 20% of your total mortgage, you won’t have to pay private mortgage insurance and your payments will be lower. You will also need cash to pay closing costs, application fees and other expenses.

Don’t put off a possible new mortgage any longer, or you’re just wasting money. Chances are very good that with a new mortgage, you can pay a significantly lower amount of money every month. Look into all your options, shop around, and then decide on the terms that will suit your budget well, and save you the most cash!

To make your application for a mortgage fast and easy, make electronic copies of your last two pay checks, two recent bank statements, W2s, and tax information. Lenders will ask for all of this information to go with the application and having them on hand in electronic format makes it easy to supply this information.

Get a copy of your credit score before you apply for a mortgage. It is best to know where you stand before you complete an application for a mortgage. You should check your credit even if you are sure you have a good score since identity theft or mistakes can occur.

After finding out more about how home mortgages work, you might want to go further. Use these tips through the process. Now you just have to choose a lender and begin the process of applying for a loan.fbcoverTerryBornitz

Terry’s Blog: Winning Strategies You Should Incorporate When Buying A Home

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Winning Strategies You Should Incorporate When Buying A Home

Terry is a gay friendly realtor in Sioux Falls SD.  You may reach him at 605-351-1008 or terry@terrybornitz.com

Terry is a gay friendly realtor in Sioux Falls SD. You may reach him at 605-351-1008 or terry@terrybornitz.com


There are many sources from which to glean real estate buying information. All of the options can leave you feeling a bit dizzy. You should take the time to find information specific to your needs. Below you will find some very useful tips for making your upcoming purchase go as smooth as possible.

To know everything about your new home, spend some time with the previous owners. Ask them questions about all the repairs they have done. If there has not been a lot of repairs, find out if the house needs work, or if it happens to be a relatively new house. If they have carried out many, there might be something wrong with the house.

Make a list of all the features you want your new home to have before you start shopping. This way, you’ll have a clear picture of what you need in a home and what you’d want. Going out blindly looking at houses can be exhausting until you sit down and write out what exactly you want.

Don’t let the decor or minor cosmetic issues keep you from buying what would otherwise be your dream home. Simple home improvements like repainting, changing (or just cleaning)carpeting, or upgrading fittings and tiling, could turn something you find ugly, into something that feels like it was a custom built home just for you.

If you are considering purchasing a house in a new neighborhood, you should look up information about the neighborhood using resources on the Internet. Lots of information about neighborhoods can be found online. Even extremely tiny towns have information available online. Look at things like average salaries, unemployment levels and travel times. See if the place is worker friendly and if you can make the area a viable place to build a career.

Hopefully, your head is not still spinning! Now that you have been given some helpful tips, you should be more prepared for making that big purchase! Taking the time to educate yourself first, will certainly contribute to a smooth experience!fbcoverTerryBornitz