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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@terrybornitz.com

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


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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Terry’s Blog: Ideas That Will Get Your House Sold

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Ideas That Will Get Your House Sold

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


Doing the best in any career they choose, is what most people aim for. When you are selling real estate, it can be hard when the economy is not doing so great. Here are some tips for any real estate agent or anyone looking to sell their property. Use these tips as best as you can and always remember to be patient.

You should challenge your real estate tax bill because most municipalities wind up changing the value once they see your evidence. Because the appraiser is trying to value everything based on one set of standards for the entire area, his data is not as specific as what you can show for recent sales near your property.

Another trick to increase your chances of selling your home is to paint all your walls. Choose a neutral color when you do this. It doesn’t have to be a basic white or beige, you can mix it up a little. Try a butter color in the living room or a light blue or green in a kids bedroom.

When renovating a home to sell, repaint all of the molding a bright vintage white. This will draw the eye to the interesting design of the molding, making the rooms feel bigger and brighter. Complex designs in the kitchen and dining room increase the beauty of the room while simple designs make the bathroom and bedrooms feel comfortable.

Look to your neighbors when considering what upgrades to make in your home prior to sale. If your neighbors all have stainless steel appliances, then buyers will expect that same amenity in your home. If you put in an upgrade that none of the homes in your area have, don’t expect to get that money back.

You have just read some great tips on selling real estate. During hard times, this job can be tough. You have to continually keep your goals in mind and know that you can pull through and succeed. Re-read this article whenever you start to feel a little stuck and you need some advice.fbcoverTerryBornitz

Terry’s Blog: Advice On Home Mortgages Straight From The Financial Pros

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Advice On Home Mortgages Straight From The Financial Pros

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


It can be hard to get a home mortgage because the process is a bit complicated. This article will explain how to go about obtaining a home mortgage. Continue reading and learn some helpful tips when it comes to home mortgages.

Predatory lenders are still in the marketplace. These lenders usually prey on home buyers with less than perfect credit. They offer low or no down payments; however, the interest rates are extremely high. Additionally, these lenders often refuse to work with the homeowner should problems arise in the future.

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.

Once you have chosen the right loan for your needs and begun the application process, make sure to get all of the required paperwork in quickly. Ask for deadlines in writing from you lender and submit your financial information on time. Not submitting your paperwork on time may mean the loss of a good interest rate.

Know what the going interest rate is. This will help you know when to lock in an interest rate. Many mortgage companies offer to lock you into a particular interest rate for a period of 30 to 60 days. If the interest rates increase, you are protected. If they decline you can opt for the new interest rate.

You don’t want to go into the process of getting a mortgage without understanding it. Fortunately, it does not have to be a complicated process. They will prepare you for all the ins and outs of obtaining a good home mortgage.fbcoverTerryBornitz

Terry’s Blog: Tactics That Will Help You Get What You Want Out Of Your Next Real Estate Sale

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Tactics That Will Help You Get What You Want Out Of Your Next Real Estate Sale

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


Doing the best in any career they choose, is what most people aim for. When you are selling real estate, it can be hard when the economy is not doing so great. Here are some tips for any real estate agent or anyone looking to sell their property. Use these tips as best as you can and always remember to be patient.

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.

Before you put hour house on the market, consider installing some energy-saving elements that will appeal to purchasers. Using energy monitors, outdoor solar energy lights, LED bulbs, or anything with an Energy Star rating, can make people more interested in your place since they can reap the savings without buying anything.

If you are a seller that is about to put your home up on the market you should get your own home inspection done ahead of time. You wouldn’t want to have a problem when a buyer has it inspected and they decide to look elsewhere. Save yourself the headache and get it checked beforehand so that you can get repairs made.

Before setting a selling price, don’t just rely on the real estate agent to tell you what you can set the price at. Look around at recent sales of properties similar to yours to see what the actual sales price was. This will give you an idea of what the market is like and what people are actually paying for properties like yours.

You have just read some great tips on selling real estate. During hard times, this job can be tough. You have to continually keep your goals in mind and know that you can pull through and succeed. Re-read this article whenever you start to feel a little stuck and you need some advice.fbcoverTerryBornitz

The Castro Gayborhood May Get a Hamburger Mary’s

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The Castro GayborhoodA proposed Hamburger Mary’s franchise in the Castro will go before San Francisco’s planning commission in early December, according to the project sponsor. In response to a question from the Bay Area Reporter, Les Natali, who is seeking permits to open a location of the fast casual chain at 531 Castro Street, said over the weekend that he was informed Friday the hearing date would be Thursday, December 4.

As the B.A.R. reported on its blog back in February, nearly a year ago Natali sought the city zoning administrator’s opinion on whether Hamburger Mary’s falls under the city’s formula retail rules that require any chain with 11 or more locations nation-wide to seek a conditional use permit to open a new location in San Francisco.

Natali, who also owns the Castro gay bars Badlands and Toad Hall, had argued he didn’t need to seek a conditional use permit because his version of Hamburger Mary’s would differ from the others. But in January Zoning Administrator Scott F. Sanchez ruled that Natali would need to seek permit approval from the Planning Commission as his planned Hamburger Mary’s qualifies as a formula retail business.

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Terry’s Blog: Thinking About Buying A House? Use This Advice

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Thinking About Buying A House? Use This Advice
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Taking a step into the mysterious land of buying real estate for the very first time might feel somewhat daunting. By keeping the helpful tips listed below in mind, you will soon find yourself buying the property of your dreams, all while using some helpful information that can help you avoid scams.

Treat real estate like any other investment technique: buy low and sell high. This maximizes your return on investment while minimizing your risk. Home ownership is one of the best investments you can make, as it allows you to build equity in something that everyone needs anyway, a place to live.

For prime real estate pay close attention to the reputation of the schools in the area. Even if you don’t have children, schools that are held in higher esteem usually indicate a better neighborhood. These neighborhoods are typically safer and more affluent, though they do not always cost a fortune to live in.

When looking at a home to purchase, be sure that the work that may have been done was done with permits. Check to make sure that the square footage matches up with the records on file with the tax assessor, and if they differ have an agent check for work permits that may have been taken out for that home. It will save you the hassle of being responsible of bringing the work up to code.

When buying a house be sure to have an inspector thoroughly inspect it. The house may look good to the untrained eye, but there may be problems with the structure of the house. A trained home inspector will be able to spot any issues that might be present.

So, after reading and applying the helpful tips listed above, you should feel a bit more at ease in the land of buying real estate. You have the tools and now you need to use them. You should be ready to begin your property buying journey to reach your dream property, without losing money.

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

Featured Gay Real Estate Agent: Ron Redder, Austin, Texas

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Ron Redder, Gay Austin 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 am a Real Estate professional – Broker/Owner of mid-size brokerage with 18 years experience in the Austin area. Austin is a progressive arts-driven city on many Top 10 lists. It’s filled with natural beauty and blessed with moderate climate year-round.

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Dallas Gayborhood Seing More Architectural Destruction

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Oak Lawn Gayborhood - DallasA wrecking crew tore down a house in the SoHiP (South of Highland Park) neighborhood in Oak Lawn this week. While the neighborhood does have one of Oak Lawn’s few neighborhood associations, no buildings in the area are protected with landmark designation.

This house was on Bowser Avenue, one door down from Douglas Avenue. Combined with an empty lot next door and zoning changes that encourage more density, the block will probably have double the number of residents within a year.

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Authored By David Taffet – See the Full Story at the Dallas Voice

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