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A New Bubble?

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Home values are appreciating faster than experts expected, rising almost 5 percent over the past year, according to the April Zillow Real Estate Market Reports. There are 3.4 percent fewer homes for sale in the U.S. than there were 12 months ago.

Zillow forecasted home values would grow 2 percent from April 2015 to April 2016, and outside housing experts said they expect slower growth in coming years. However, Zillow’s latest data show a different trend with home values currently appreciating at 4.9 percent — almost 3 percentage points faster than Zillow predicted a year ago — to a Zillow Home Value Index of $187,000.

Shrinking inventory is the story of the summer home shopping season for those looking to buy a home and entry-level homes have been hit the hardest; the number of entry-level homes for sale is down almost 8 percent over the past 12 months. Stiff competition and high demand, in addition to low inventory, stronger wage growth and low mortgage rates, are driving up home prices across the country, especially for entry-level homes, which is forcing many want-to-be-homeowners into bidding wars.

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Authored By Isaac M. O’Bannon
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Is San Diego Too Pricey?

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The economy is looking up for many and according to the Case-Shiller index tracking resales of single family homes, this trend is being reflected in home prices. Nationally, prices are up 5 percent in the last 12 months, but in popular San Diego, that number is even higher. At a rise of 6.3 percent our fair city is still way under the leaders – Portland (up a staggering 12.3 percent) and her sister Seattle up over 10 percent. The reason for the rise? A generally upbeat and positive economic climate plus low mortgage interest rates and lower unemployment, at least in these leading markets.

So where does a budget conscious prospective homeowner turn for value?

The answer may be found in the northern suburb of Escondido with an average sales price of $415,000. With the San Diego median inching up to half a million (currently $490,000) there’s a saving to be found in this community for both families and retirees. Located 30 miles northeast of downtown San Diego, the city is located in a shallow valley surrounded by rocky hills. It is home to the San Diego Zoo’s Safari Park and the California Center for the Arts, and is a draw to tourists for its many local eateries and attractions. Festivals such as the “Cruisin’ Grand” featuring snazzy and retro automobiles and the “Grand Avenue Festival, held both fall and spring, lure visitors.

By Del Phillips – Full Story at LGBT Weekly

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Melissa De Maria, Gay Friendly Tampa Real Estate Agent

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Melissa De MariaPeriodically 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 30+ year resident of the Tampa Bay area. When you work with me, I have the knowledge of the entire area and can assist you in locating the right location for your new home or have knowledge to assist in selling your home. Working with me and my team is all about the customer experience. I have created of team of experts that can assist with all of your real estate needs. Our goal is to not only provide our clients with an exceptional buying or selling experience but to create lifelong relationships and to always be your resource.
My goals are to be:

1) Always working for my clients best interest
2) Have Fun in the process
3) Assist in creating the lives that my clients are trying to achieve.

Regardless of what type of home or lifestyle you are looking for, I can help you find it. Think of me as “Your Best Friend in Real Estate”

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Pokemon Go A Real Estate Selling Point?

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Real estate agents are starting to jump on the Go bandwagon to try and sell homes.

Since the game’s release in early July, thousands of people have signed up for the game; by now, use time is allegedly higher than that of Whatsapp, Facebook and Twitter.

And as the small creatures once again take over millennials’ lives, much like they did nearly 20 years ago (feel old yet?), Pokémon Go opens up business opportunities.

Scrolling through Craigslist, countless ads reference the game, from San Francisco to New York City and presumably every other big city in between.

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Authored By Stefanie Gerdes
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Linda Jain, Lesbian Ft. Lauderdale Real Estate Agent

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Linda Jain, Lesbian Ft. Lauderdale 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:

Ft. Lauderdale Real Estate Agent Linda Jain knows the Fort Lauderdale and Wilton Manors real estate markets inside and out, and knows the importance of great customer service and residential building experience. These skills allow Linda help home sellers, buyers or investors to understand what’s going in the Lauderdale real estate market today.
Linda is a licensed Real Estate Salesperson with long, successful previous career in Customer Service. She brings her enthusiastic personality and service skills to the real estate market, working well with other agents and going beyond expectations for her clients. In this business, an agent thrives by creating long-term relationships, not just by closing individual transactions.

Linda has also had a license as a Code Inspector in Ithaca, New York – she knows how houses should be put together, an invaluable skill for her clients, especially when buying a new home.

Linda works hard, but takes a low-key approach with her clients – she is a good listener, both patient and understanding.

Linda received her BA in Public Administration at the State University of New York, and currently lives in Oakland Park, Florida.

If you are buying or selling a Fort Lauderdale home, give Linda a call.

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Matthew Fenicle, Gay Phoenix Real Estate Agent

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Matthew Fenicle, Gay Phoenix 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:

Matthew Fenicle is an Ohio native and moved to Phoenix to enjoy the lifestyle that only Arizona can offer. Bringing with him a strong Midwestern work ethic, Matthew began work as a REALTOR and Firefighter in Phoenix over 15 years ago. Building a business based on integrity and communication with a willingness to work hard, Matthew enjoys a great deal of repeat business and referrals from satisfied clients.

In 2006, Matthew obtained his broker’s license and started his own real estate office. Great challenges bring great rewards, and as a broker and agent, the personal interaction with each client brought him back to his true love of working with individual buyers and sellers on a daily basis.

As a resident of Central Phoenix, Matthew cares deeply about the community in which he lives and is committed to the growth and success that continues to make Phoenix what it is today.

A passion for travel has taken him to 23 countries and numerous cities around the world. Living in Arizona helps to satisfy his love for the outdoors and the activities that Arizona has to offer.

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Did Detroit Gayborhood Ever Exist?

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Palmer Park mapI’m interested in the history of whether or not there was a Detroit gayborhood.

The Short Answer

After World War II, downtown Detroit was a hub for gay bars. Then, starting in the 1950s, the gay population began following the migration pattern of many Metro Detroiters, heading northward. By the 1970s, there was a community in the Palmer Park area that thrived until the late 1980s. But by the 1990s, a mostly-White segment of this population moved to suburbs like Royal Oak and Ferndale. Today, the area around Six Mile Road and Woodward Avenue has remained a hub for the African American gay community.

‘Michigan’s Gayest Square Mile’

Greg Piazza, a former Palmer Park resident, recalls, “There was one building we called ‘The Barracks’: 48 apartment units, 46 of them were gay men.” This was in the 1980s.

Piazza, author of A History of Detroit’s Palmer Park, says the architecture of the buildings, open-minded management, and some child-free living policies, attracted a strong gay contingent. He remembers that on nice days people would congregate on a stretch of lawn nicknamed, “The Green Beach.”

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21 Striking Future Homes

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The World Architecture Festival has announced the shortlist of projects running for their 2016 awards.

Now in its ninth year, the festival has seen a record number of entries for November’s event, resulting in a shortlist of 343 designs, based in 58 countries, competing to come out on top in one of the 32 categories.

Ranging from private homes to housing projects and schools to large-scale commercial developments, the designs cover a width and breadth of styles and cultures, with design practices from 42 nations involved in the competition.

By Stefanie Gerdes – Full Story at Gay Star News

Alex Tooke, Gay Denver Real Estate Agent

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Alex TookePeriodically 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:

Why real estate? It’s a question Alex gets asked all the time.
“It really just comes down to that we love doing, being able to meet awesome people and build great relationships,” he explains. “Real estate combined my love of customer service and business and creativity. You take business and passion and put it together into something you want to do in life, and hopefully that’s your career.”

For the last several years, Alex has built his business with passion and done so in an unconventional way. He began Peak Properties, co-founding with Derek Weber, with a team concept in mind from the start, which is a departure from the traditional model of most realtors that grow a team out of necessity. The usual arc sees an enterprising realtor gain success, build a team to accommodate the increase in demand, and function as a realtor’s ad hoc fiefdom.

“We think of ourselves more as an agent co-op,” Alex says. “Our agents have their own buy-in, and I don’t make every decision. Our clients dictate the majority of our decisions, and we support our agents in service of those decisions. That’s what we bring to the table.”

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Terry’s Blog: Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Buying A Home

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Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Buying A Home
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Buying real estate can be beneficial for many reasons. For investors, the purchase of real estate will mean both rental and capital profit. For home owners, they gain a valuable place to live. The advice in this article will help you whether you are an investor or home seeker looking to purchase real estate.

If you need first months rent, last months rent and a deposit, in order to rent a property, ask the landlord about possibly paying the last months rent over time. By adding a couple hundred dollars to each month’s payment, you can get that new place, without having to have all of the money up front.

When you are buying your first home there is an insurance called Private Mortgage Insurance. This protects the lender in case you don’t make your loan payments. If you can, try to have a down payment of more than twenty percent to: avoid looking like a high risk, and having to carry that insurance.

Build a strict set of goals when selling or buying your real estate. This will help you to establish boundaries in not only monetary terms, but also in other areas such as locations or features. It will also help you setup due dates for success. In the end, this will enable you and the other party to “get on the same page.”

For most families the kitchen is the center of the house. Buyers should consider the size, the location and the equipment of the kitchen. Old, outdated kitchens are expensive to upgrade and it can add thousands of dollars to their budget while a spacious kitchen with up-to-date appliances can significantly reduce the final costs, and can add additional joy to the ownership of the home.

Buying real estate can benefit both home seekers and investors. Both obtain property for a specific reason, whether it is for a living space or for profit. By following the advice in this article, you can start purchasing real state for your particular needs.fbcoverTerryBornitz