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Terry’s Blog: Helpful Tips And Ideas For Selling Real Estate

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Helpful Tips And Ideas For Selling Real Estate

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


While the Internet is overrun with information on selling real estate, a lot of it is really unhelpful. In the following article, you will find facts about real estate selling and also good advice on how to get ahead when selling real estate.

When selling your home, remove anything of a personal nature. Prospective buyers want to be able to envision the house as their own. So, the last thing they need to see are photographs or keepsakes. If possible, keep furniture to a minimum also. This way, you are creating a blank space for the potential homeowner to fill up with their own belongings.

When people are selling their home they don’t always think of the little things. Potential buyers want to be able to picture their own things and family in the home. Or maybe they want to daydream about what they would do to the home. So try to help that vision out by putting some of your things in storage. Also painting your walls white will help them to imagine their own colors.

Hiring a professional real estate agent to sell your home can make all the difference in the world. An experienced agent will know the ups and downs of the market in your area and be able to help guide you and make the best possible decisions when it comes to pricing and accepting offers.

To help you generate interest in your home, you should make sure your home and yard look good from the street. It should look well-kept and attractive. This will create interest from potential home buyers. Many buyers assume that neglected yards mean that the interior of the home was ignored as well. You should mow the lawn, fix the fence, plant flowers or whatever else may have been ignored. It will be well worth it.

Once you have taken in all of these tips, put them to use! Use what you just learned to help you develop your market strategy. Don’t let changing market conditions scare you. Return to this article whenever you feel the need to refresh your memory about these tips, and keep in mind that it is important to stay up to date on the market.fbcoverTerryBornitz

Washington DC’s Winner and Loser Neighborhoods

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Logan Circle, Washington DC – Apple MapsLast month we looked at active vs. sold listings for D.C. overall. This week, we’ll look at the median price over the past seven months for D.C. neighborhoods based on zip code.

Washington, D.C. overall experienced growth in median price from 2013 to 2014, both in July (1.90 percent) and year-to-date (4.20 percent). Keep that in mind as a background against which to view the stats for individual neighborhoods.

Who were the biggest winners and losers in the month of July? The three zip codes with highest median price growth were 20020 (Anacostia/Hillcrest + 37.80 percent), 20024 (SW Waterfront + 35.90 percent), and 20032 (Congress Heights + 22.80 percent). This is not surprising: property is still fairly inexpensive in 20020 and 20032, and foreign investors are buying it up for rent and renovation. The growth in median price for SW Waterfront is also not surprising given the imminent development along the waterfront there.

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Authored By Ted Smith – See the Full Story at The Washington Blade

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Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Sheila D. Barnard, Nashville, Tennessee

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Sheila D. Barnard, Lesbian Nashville 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.

I was the 2013 Fav GLBT Realtor of the Year – and I also won for the two previous years. I have seen the changes within the GLBT community in Nashville – it is awareness & growth! Larger acceptance in the community, in TV spots, and on the radio.

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Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Robert H. Leininger, Baltimore, Maryland

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Robert H. Leininger, Gay Baltimore RealtorPeriodically 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.

Friendly, professional, caring, interested and definitely not high-pressured. That’s my style. There’s no place like home! Baltimore is a truly unique, bustling, fun city that is very welcoming and diverse.

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Are Our Gayborhoods Fading?

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The Castro GayborhoodAt 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 Jim’s for most of the 39 years it’s been in business. “They came to see if we fossilized.”

Call it a sign of progress, or as University of British Columbia sociologist Amin Ghaziani describes it, the “de-gaying” or “straightening” of America’s historically gay enclaves. In the midst of 20 straight wins in federal courts for same-sex marriage and polling that demonstrates Americans’ growing acceptance of LGBT people, scholars and demographers say there are signs that the draw of the so-called gayborhood is fading away.

Understanding the extent of the gay and lesbian migration from gayborhoods with precision is difficult, because the U.S. Census Bureau doesn’t ask all individuals about their sexuality. But the bureau does collect data on same-sex-couple households, providing the best, albeit incomplete, account of the nation’s LGBT population.

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Authored By Aamer Madhani – See the Full Story at The Leaf-Chronicle

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Manhattan Condo Inventory, Prices Up

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New YorkThe Manhattan condo market saw a spike in the number of available units and prices in July, according to a real estate report released Thursday.

StreetEasy’s report said the despite the 5.4% growth of inventory between July 2013 and this year, the number of available units is 16.2% below the five-year average level of inventory. Costs are now at a nineteen year high.

The median sales price in July was close to $1.4 million, a 14.4% jump from the $1.2 million median price during the same period last year.

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Authored By Ivan Pereira – See the Full Story at AM NY

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Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Dan Joy, Oakland, California

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Dan Joy, Gay Oakland 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.

I enjoy empowering my clients with my knowledge and expertise to assist them making the best property investment decisions. The East Bay offers the best housing prices in the greater Bay Area while being a diverse and gay friendly environment.

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Terry’s Blog: Home Mortgage Tips That Can Help You Out

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Home Mortgage Tips That Can Help You Out

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


So you’re in search of that dream home and wondering what it takes in order to pay for it. That is where the home mortgage comes in, and you will want to understand how to get one. The tips in the article below are simple to follow, and will show you what it takes to secure your new home.

There are loans available for first time home buyers. These loans usually do not require a lot of money down and often have lower interest rates than standard mortgages. Most first time home buyer loans are guaranteed by the government; thus, there is more paperwork needed than standard mortgage applications.

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.

Get a pre-approval letter for your mortgage loan. A pre-approved mortgage loan normally makes the entire process move along more smoothly. It also helps because you know how much you can afford to spend. Your pre-approval letter will also include the interest rate you will be paying so you will have a good idea what your monthly payment will be before you make an offer.

Get mortgage loan estimates from at least three different mortgage lenders and three different banks. By shopping around, you may get a lower interest rate, pay fewer points and save money on closing costs. It’s almost always preferable to get a fixed interest rate. With variable rates, you may not know from month to month what your mortgage payment will be.

Getting that home mortgage can sometimes be tricky, but it should not be that way if you follow the simple tips that were presented above. By using these tips, it will make the home mortgage approval process much smoother. All it takes is you having a plan, following through on it and then hopefully acceptance on your new home mortgage.fbcoverTerryBornitz

Where Are the New Condos in San Francisco?

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SF New Condos MapNewConstructionSF.com as put together a great interactive map of the current sand pending condo projects across The City:

For those you who are more visually inclined, here is our map of new construction condo homes across San Francisco. For your convenience, we have organized the condo buildings into three chronological groups – buildings that have sold out, buildings that are currently for sale, and buildings that are somewhere in the planning or construction pipeline.

To see the interactive map, click here.

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See the Full Story at NewConstructionSF.com

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Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Frank Silva-Berger, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Frank Silva-Berger, Gay Friendly Milwaukee 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.

Frank chose real estate in 1999 as a second career after serving the public school system for 25 years. The east side of Milwaukee is especially an area of diversity. Many vintage fixer-uppers still available.

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