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Featured Gay Real Estate Agent: Brian Scharick, Delray Beach, Florida

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Brian Scharick, Delray BeachPeriodically 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.

Brian is a driven producer specializing in Delray Beach and surrounding areas. Delray Beach offers an amazing downtown with superb restaurants and nightlife.

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Most Expensive US Housing Markets Also the Most Liberal

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Reliably liberal San Francisco has some of the most expensive housing in the country, as do heavily blue New York City and Los Angeles. At the other end of the political spectrum, housing often costs less in conservative parts of the country. These are the places — around Greenville, S.C., or Knoxville, Tenn. — that tend to be less dense, where land is cheaper and the large homes on top of it more affordable to the middle class.

Between these two poles, though (metro San Francisco voted for Obama by 58 points, metro Knoxville for Romney by 34 points), the relationship between housing affordability and politics across the country is startlingly strong. Consider this chart, from an analysis today by Trulia’s chief economist, Jed Kolko.

US Expensive Real Estate Markets

Kolko looked at the 100 largest metros in the country (these include core cities and their suburbs), according to their vote margins in the 2012 presidential election. The results show that there is affordable housing in red and blue metros. But the most expensive metros are overwhelmingly blue, with just one exception: Orange County, Calif.

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Authored By Emily Badger – See the Full Story at The Washington Post

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Is it Time for a San Francisco Real Estate Correction?

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San FranciscoSan Francisco is arguably one of the hottest real estate markets in the nation. Fueled by the technology economy, it has a limited supply of homes for sale, which has resulted in fierce competition and sky-high home prices. Rents also have grown in tandem.

“Have things cooled down a little bit? Yes. However, the properties that are still priced right and properly prepared, it’s a 10-to-12 day market,” said Jeff Salgado, a partner with McGuire Real Estate.

San Francisco home prices were up just more than 10 percent in July, according to the latest S&P/Case Shiller home price indices. It was the only one of the top 20 U.S. markets, however, to see a monthly price decline, down 0.4 percent from June on a seasonally adjusted basis. “It’s their comeuppance,” declared Nobel laureate Robert Shiller, co-author of the indices on CNBC recently. “They were the most bubbly city. It’s time for a correction.”

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Authored By Diana Olick – See the Full Story at CNBC

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Terry’s Blog: Common Answers To Home Mortgage Questions

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Common Answers To Home Mortgage Questions

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

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

Do you need to know more about mortgages? It is a type of loan that you pay for your home. This means if you cannot make the payments, your home will be taken by the mortgage holder who will sell it to cover their loss. Getting your mortgage is a major step so you need to do it right.

Before trying to get a mortgage approval, find out your credit score. Mortgage lenders can deny a loan when the borrower has a low credit score caused by late payments and other negative credit history. If your credit score is too low to qualify for a mortgage loan, clean up your credit, fix any inaccuracies and make all your payments on time.

Knowing your credit score is important before trying to obtain a mortgage. The better your credit history and score, the easier it will be for you to get a mortgage. Examine your credit reports for any errors that might be unnecessarily lowering your score. In reality, to obtain a mortgage, your credit score should be 620 or higher.

Refinancing a home mortgage when interest rates are low can save you thousands of dollars on your mortgage. You may even be able to shorten the term of your loan from 30 years to 15 years and still have a monthly payment that is affordable. You can then pay your home off sooner.

You might want to hire a consultant to assist you with the mortgage process. There are lots of things involved with the process and a consultant will be able to get you a great deal. They can make sure you get the best possible deal.

While there are many predatory lenders, you’ve got the information you need to find the legitimate ones. Using these tips should make the process better. If you need to, revisit this article.fbcoverTerryBornitz

Terry’s Blog: Make Real Estate Buying Work For You

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Make Real Estate Buying Work For You

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

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

With the current economy downturn profit can be garnered by purchasing real estate while property values are lowered. In a sense, homes, commercial space and land are one of the few investments that one can be guaranteed will not remain diminished in value long term. The reality is there is only so much land to purchase. If you buy some now, someone will have to buy it from you in the future.

When starting the search for a new home, research the area to find the neighborhoods that you would be happy in. Make sure to check out crime statistics, school quality, and the areas walking score. If you have an agent, let them know the type of area that you are looking for and they can point you in the right direction.

Real estate agents should contact those who they have helped buy or sell a home once each year. When your former clients receive a holiday card from you, they will remember how helpful your were when they purchases their home. Make sure you remind them about you working with referrals and that you would be honored if they mentioned you to the people they know.

Do not let your real estate agent change your mind for you about a particular property. They do not make money until a property changes hands, so unscrupulous agents may not have your best interests at heart and may try to get you to buy a property that isn’t right for you.

It is clear that buying real estate can be a wise investment choice with a high profit margin if you are willing to have patience and/or take calculated risks. Land is a fixed commodity. Mark Twain had it right when he said to “buy land”, its one of the best ways to secure a profitable future.fbcoverTerryBornitz

Terry’s Blog: Tips To Remember When You Are Selling In The Real Estate Market

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Tips To Remember When You Are Selling In The Real Estate Market

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

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

There are certain tools that you’re going to need in the real estate market if you want to succeed. Sellers out there have to contend with stubborn and picky buyers, and only the best in the business are managing to turn a profit. Read this article and find out how you can become a better seller in real estate.

When you’re selling your home, and you are working on your curb appeal, try renting or buying a power washer. They can make your driveway or porch look almost brand new. Also, if you have a wood porch or deck think about staining it so that it looks nice, clean and new.

Improving your home’s curb appeal will help you to sell your residence faster. Your lawn is one of the first things a buyer sees as they pull up to your house, and it is one of the last things they see as they leave. Your yard can make a huge impression on the buyer’s overall feeling about the house. Repair your driveway and tidy your yard to make a good impression.

Sellers are more motivated and inclined to negotiate during the fall months. They may have rejected offers during the spring and summer months that they would be more than happy to accept this late in the year. If a home that you looked at earlier in the season is still on the market, go back with a low offer and it may be accepted.

When selling your home, hire your own agent. The agent is representing the buyer, not you, and so they have a conflict of interest when it comes to helping you sell your home. The additional cost to you of hiring your own agent will be offset by the gain you will see in the final negotiations on selling price.

Only a lucky few are pushing their properties in today’s market. The rest of the homes are just sitting around and collecting dust. If you follow these tips, you can be part of the minority of real estate sellers, who are actually selling and not just sitting around on their hands.fbcoverTerryBornitz

Gay Resorts in Fort Lauderdale

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Are you looking for a Gay Friendly resort for your next visit to Fort Lauderdale, Florida?

Look no further!!  Below is a list of Gay Owned/Gay Friendly Resorts in the Fort Lauderdale Area.

Cabanas GuesthouseRainbow-flag
Contact: John Dory

The Calypso Inn
Contact: Wesley Leigh

Cheston House
Contact: Chuck Scheiner

Coral Reef Guesthouse
Contact: Bobby Raborn

Elysium Resort

Grand Palm Plaza Resort
Contact: Edward Otto Zielke

Grand Resort & Spa
Contact: Bill York

Liberty Suites Hotel
Contact: Joe Van Eron

Hotel Lush Royale
Contact: Andrew Durning

Inn Leather
Contact: Milan Gamiama

Island Sands Inn
Contact:  Michael Crego

Manor Inn
Contact:  Chip Wargo

Pineapple Point Guesthouse
Contact: Phil Quattrone

Royal Palms Resort & Spa
Contact: Philip LaFond

The Windamar Beach Resort
Contact: Vim Kruger

The Worthington
Contact: Jim Durhan

This post is courtesy of Florida Exclusive Living in Fort Lauderdale Florida.  This dedicated group of gay Realtors specialize in Luxury Homes in Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami Dade Counties.  If you are looking for your own slice of luxury real estate in Fort Lauderdale or the surrounding cities please contact us.


Terry’s Blog: Home Buying Process Made Easy For All

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Home Buying Process Made Easy For All

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

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

Real estate has historically been a solid way to build equity, but a downturn in the economy has diminished home values. Prospective buyers have also discovered lending institutions are less likely to extend credit without at least a 20% downpayment. This makes purchasing real estate more difficult for the average buyer.

Remember that what is outside the property you want is just as important as what is inside. The perfect piece of real estate inside can quite easily be in a noisy area, far from where you need to be or near schools that are not right for you and your family. Not having the right location can cost you in the long run.

To make money off real estate, look for thriving areas in a promising metropolis. You can buy a home there at a reasonable price and sell it years later once the prices on the local real estate market go up. Ask the advice of a professional if you are not sure about investing.

Information about how much other homes have sold for is available though a realtor and should be considered when figuring out an amount to offer a seller. You should also consider the money that you will have to spend to make any repairs or modifications to the home. Factor these numbers in when considering how much you are comfortable spending on a particular home.

To help you buy or sell real estate you have to find an agent that you are not personally involved with already. To hire a good friend or relative is setting up a potential disaster from the beginning. Not all agents work out with their client and there are ways to fire them. Imagine if it is your boss’ wife or your aunt.

Even though purchasing a dwelling is now more difficult for the average prospective home buyer, the current market offers opportunity for investors. If someone is able to purchase a home needing minor repairs and cosmetic work at a low price, there is the possibility of reselling the home at a higher price once the work is done and the market has recovered.fbcoverTerryBornitz

Statue of Liberty as a Condo Conversion?

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A NY satirist takes the current trend of converting historic buildings into condos for the rich to its logical conclusion:

As a condominium complex, “the landmark offers privacy, security, exclusivity and the feeling that you are part of history. One lucky penthouse owner will be able to experience breathtaking 360 degree views of the city (and New Jersey) from their torch-style terrace,” NYAnimal writes. And the poignant satire doesn’t stop there.

“The base of the statue will feature parking, assorted high-end retail stores, a five star restaurant and maids’ quarters… There will be limited affordable housing and an elegant poor door for entry, so low-income residents never have to see the rich people and get jealous. Applicants will just have to pass the totally reasonable credit check,” NYAnimal adds.

What would you pay to live in this landmark location? At some point, this whole condo bubble’s gotta pop, right?

Statue of Liberty Condo Conversion

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Fort Lauderdale LGBT Events for November 2014

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Fort Lauderdale LGBT EventsHere’s a list of upcoming Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender (LGBT) fundraising and awareness events planned to take place in Fort Lauderdale, Florida during Fall 2014.  Mark your calendar and come out to support our community!


Thursday, October 23 | 6:00 – 8:00 P.M.
The Pride Center’s Founders Circle Reception | Mayor’s Jewelry Store, Galleria Mall, 2414 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale
The Founder’s Circle are folks who make a monthly gift contribution of $100 to the Pride Center. To get on the guest list and learn more about the event, email Rodger Roa. You are not committed to becoming a member of the Founder’s Circle. Instead, you will get a chance to meet great people and hear about all the great contributions the Pride Center is making to our community.

Thursday, October 23 | 6:00 – 8:00 P.M.
GLLN Happy Hour | Progress Bar, 2440 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors
The Gay & Lesbian Lawyers Network (GLLN) provides a social setting  where gay, lesbian and gay-friendly lawyers can meet the community and make professional connections. Drink specails during the event include all drinks two-for-one and $4 Three Olive Vodka drinks. Finger foods will be provided, along with a chance to have a good time, meeting good people.

Thursday, October 23 | 7:00 P.M.
Mala Mala (presented by the Stonewall National Museum & Archives) | The Gateway Theatre, 1820 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale
Fort Lauderdale Gay and Lesbian Film Festival film screening and discussion with filmmakers Antonio Santini and Dan Sickles. Mala Mala is a celebration of the transexual community in Puerto Rico. Tickets are $15.

Monday, October 27 | 6:00 – 8:00 P.M.
Stonewall National Museum & Archives Opening Reception | Stonewall Museum, 2157 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors
The theme for this event is Queer Kids: Coming Out In America with photographs by Michael Sharkey. For eight years Sharkey has documented gay youth across the United States of America and Europe with his camera.

Friday, October 31 | 7:00 P.M. – Midnight
Wicked Manors – Freak Show | Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors
Calling all freaks! Join the street celebration of halloween with music, costume contests, food, drinks and camaraderie. All proceeds go to support the Pride Center, helping them to continue providing vital programs and services to the community.

Friday, November 14 and Saturday, November 15
SMART Ride | Miami to Key West
SMART Ride is a two-day, 165-mile bicycle ride from Miami to Key West. A unique attribute to this fundraiser is the 100% guarantee that all funds raised by participants will go to AIDS Service Organizations in Florida. Since 2003, The SMART Ride has raised more than $5.2 Million! Another unique aspect of this ride, is that you have some control over the distribution of the funds you raise to AIDS Service Organizations listed on the SMART Ride website.

These are just a few of many quality events happening in the Fort Lauderdale area. If you are interested in buying or selling a Fort Lauderdale luxury home, please contact the award-winning Luxury Living Fort Lauderdale group at Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate. They are so good that 100% of clients rated their experience with Luxury Living Fort Lauderdale as “EXCELLENT!” Now that’s great service!

Luxury Living Fort Lauderdale Real Estate Group Logo | LuxuryLivingFortLauderdale.comThis guest blog post is courtesy of the Luxury Living Fort Lauderdale real estate group.
Our passion is helping clients buy, sell or rent fabulous homes in Greater Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

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