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Atlanta to Get a Rainbow Crosswalk in the Gayborhood

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Georgia Gayborhood Rainbow CrosswalkThe intersection of 10th Street and Piedmont Avenue is already nicknamed by some as the Corner of Gay and Lesbian, Where Gay meets Gayer, or Gay Ground Zero. Now an art installation could make Midtown Atlanta’s LGBT epicenter official.

Other cities across the country and around the world have taken a page from the Beatles “Abbey Road” and rainbowed up an iconic crosswalk in the gayborhood. Now Gay Atlanta’s own Robert Sepulveda Jr. is one meeting away with the City of Atlanta from making it a reality here.

The project is near and dear to his heart not just for himself, but for all of Atlanta and its diverse rainbow of fruit flavors, he tells Project Q Atlanta.

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Authored By Mike Fleming – See the Full Story at Project Q

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Terry’s Blog: What You Need To Know About Home Mortgages

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What You Need To Know About Home Mortgages
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Securing a mortgage is a major financial move that must be done carefully. It can end in disaster if you don’t know what you’re doing. If you are currently going through the motions of the loan process and have any doubts about your understanding of how it all works, then it may interest you to read on.

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!

Be prepared before obtaining your mortgage. Every lender will request certain documents when applying for a mortgage. Do not wait until they ask for it. Have the documents ready when you enter their office. You should have your last two pay stubs, bank statements, income-tax returns, and W-2s. Save all of these documents and any others that the lender needs in an electronic format, so that you are able to easily resend them if they get lost.

Start saving all of your paperwork that may be required by the lender. These documents include pay stubs, bank statements, W-2 forms and your income tax returns. Keep these documents together and ready to send at all times. If you don’t have your paperwork in order, your mortgage may be delayed.

Do not waste time in your home mortgage process. After you’ve submitted a mortgage application to the lender, this is when your clock start ticking. You have to send any necessary documents for the application process quickly. Any delays could destroy a purchase and cost you your deposit. Get an expected closing date, and then keep in touch with the lender periodically until your loan closes. Some lenders close quicker than others.

After finding out more about how home mortgages work, you might want to go further. You have these tips at the ready, so make use of them. Now find a lending company and put the advice to use.fbcoverTerryBornitz

Featured Gay Real Estate Agent: Vince Verni, Babylon, New York

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Vince Verni, Gay Long Island 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.

I love being a Long Island Real Estate professional and assisting individuals and families in achieving life-long aspirations. Meeting and exceeding your expectations is what I do best, because I take the time to listen to all of your hopes, dreams, wants and needs. My goal is to assist buyers and sellers achieve their goal. I will combine personal attention and hard work to make every transaction a pleasant, stress-free and rewarding experience for everyone involved.

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“Death” of Capitol Hill Gayborhood is Progress

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Capitol Hill SeattleLike it or not, the death of “gayborhoods” is a sign of progress, even if it does bring with it some feelings of loss. That, despite an article in Salon.com that highlights one Capitol Hill resident’s complaint that Amazon killed his “gayborhood.”

It’s a gripe I’ve been hearing a lot of lately, but it’s one that lacks both an understanding of history (Capitol Hill wasn’t always a gayborhood) and, frankly, an understanding of its meaning.

The basic argument is that, thanks to Amazon’s high paid, mostly heterosexual work force, not only have they moved to the neighborhoods surrounding their offices, bringing the cost of rent up with them, but they’re taking over spaces that have traditionally been known as gayspaces (bars, coffee shops, etc.). Thus, you have heterosexuals moving into what’s traditionally been known as a gayborhood. But the evolution of a neighborhood becoming all-inclusive is progress.

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Authored By Jason Rantz – See the Full Story at MyNorthwest.com

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Terry’s Blog: Tips To Help You Become A Real Estate Expert

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Tips To Help You Become A Real Estate Expert
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Real estate will vary from state to state and even city to city. What you can sell for top dollar in a metro area, will only be worth a fraction of the price in a rural area. But no matter where you’re located, the tips in this article will help you to get top dollar for any property that you’re trying to sell, in any location.

Choose your real estate agent carefully. When looking for a real estate agent, choose one that is familiar with the neighborhood in which you are looking. They will be aware of a reasonable price to offer, and will also be able to tell you if your house is expected to increase in value in the future.

When selling your house, find a suitable realtor. This person is actually working for you, and you need to be sure that they will do the best job. Talk to friends and neighbors who have recently bought or sold a house, and find out about their experiences with a particular agent. If possible, try to meet the agent at their place of business. This will give you a good idea as to how organized they are. Most of all, trust your gut instincts. If you don’t think that the agent is suitable for you, then the chances are you won’t have a positive experience when it comes to selling your home.

Selling your home in today’s sluggish real estate market can be difficult, but you can make it easier by improving your home’s appeal with some quick and easy fixes. Updated kitchens are a main concern of potential buyers. If yours is outdated and a complete overhaul is too costly, consider having your cabinets refaced. This costs substantially less than investing in new cabinets, and the change can be dramatic. Give your bathroom a facelift with a new pedestal sink and toilet seat. A prefabricated tub surround can quickly make those chipped and dingy tiles disappear. Give the walls of any room a fresh coat of paint in a neutral color. Now stand back, and watch the bidding war begin!

You obviously want to make a nice profit or else you wouldn’t be attempting to sell your real estate. This isn’t always easy to do, even if you’re dealing with ideal market conditions. The tips contained in the article you just read, will help you when you’re making your next big real estate move.fbcoverTerryBornitz

Terry’s Blog: I Will Work Hard For You

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You Need To Hire A Real Estate Agent That Is Willing To Work Hard For You
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It is easy to be overwhelmed by all of the regulations, financing options, and other details associated with real estate investing. Knowing something about all of these aspects is critical.

Purchasing a home is a big decision and a large investment. To make sure you know all there is to know, consider a course in home buying. Many local real estate offices offer these classes as ways to educate potential clients about the process from beginning to end.

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.

When you rent your home, you can expect your housing costs to increase every year as rent is usually raised every time you renew your lease. Buying your home at a fixed interest rate, makes your monthly payment the same for 15 or 30 years which makes your financing more manageable.

Buyers or a hired inspector should thoroughly check the electric and plumbing system in the house. A remodeled, updated system can increase the value of the home but an outdated, not up to the code one can turn into a financial nightmare. When buyers decide to buy a home needing extensive plumbing or electrical repairs, they have to make sure they have enough funds for the upgrade or they need to offer a lower price for the property.

Consider these tips a starting point for you to understand how to buy a new home. Make certain that you use any information here that may be useful so that you don’t run into a lot of common problems. With this advice in mind, you won’t need luck to be successful in your search for a new home that will bring you happiness and comfort for many years to come.fbcoverTerryBornitz

Featured Gay Real Estate Agent: Ray Gernhart, Alexandria, Virginia

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Ray Gernhart, Gay Washington 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.

With my successful career of over twenty five years in real estate, I have personally experienced all the ups and downs of the Alexandria market. Since 1985, I have coordinated thousands of home sales as well as easing the transition for families as they move on to new horizons. My expertise lies in a complete understanding of all facets of real estate, from buying and selling, to an all-encompassing grasp of the individual financial aspects for each client.

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Pros and Cons of Micro Units

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condo buildingWhen it comes to living in the city, when is too small considered way too small? For many, confined living was limited only to a shared dormitory experience while attending university or for that brief time when first moving to the city. However, with demand for living in the District rising, there has been an increase in efficient living as the supply of developable land is limited.

Developers across the area have begun to design condominium and apartment buildings that capitalize on efficiency while giving the resident access to some of the most desirable locations in the District.

Micro-units, for those who haven’t yet heard of the trend, are typically 250-400 square foot livable apartments, and are on the rise in the District. Whereas the typical studio or one bedroom condominium has about 450-550 square feet, micro-units are designed to combine even more amenities into a smaller space. Surprisingly, most have all the features a normal livable unit would have: 2-in-1 washer and dryer units, enough space for a queen size bed, and full kitchen appliances.

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Authored By Tim Savoy – See the Full Story at The Washington Blade

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Featured Gay Friendly Real Estate Agent: Tony J. Milone, Miami, Florida

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Tony J. Milone, Gay Friendly Miami Beach 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.

Join me, Tony Milone and live the South Florida lifestyle. I have been a resident and owner of my own condo in South Beach for over 10 years. I specialize in the Miami Beach and the South Beach real estate markets, however I service all of South Florida including Wilton Manors, Fort Lauderdale and the Palm Beaches.

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Why Isn’t the Condo Market Rebounding?

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Castro CondosWhile construction of single-family homes and multifamily rentals is on the rebound, condo construction has sunk to new lows. A condo rebound has been delayed by stringent rules on condo mortgages that took effect post-housing crisis, as well as stronger demand among young people for rentals, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Condo construction in the first quarter comprised only 5.5 percent of all construction of multifamily housing — the lowest ratio since the Commerce Department began tracking such data in 1974. Historically, condo construction falls at a 24 percent average.

Condos traditionally offer higher returns for investors than apartments. “Many developers would rather be building condominiums,” says Peter Bazeli, senior vice president at New York-based real estate consulting firm Weitzman Group. “With condos, you’re paying down debt with every closing and then putting money in your pocket right away.”

But many factors are hampering the condo market’s recovery. For one, economists note that young adults have been flocking to rentals instead, and condos typically cater to entry-level buyers. Also, developers say construction loans are limiting the supply of condos they build. Developers say they can get a construction loan for about 75 percent of the cost of building an apartment complex, but only about 50 percent for a condo complex because lenders are deeming it a higher risk.

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See the Full Story at the Hampshire Review

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