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Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Patty Rogers, San Francisco

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Periodically 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.

Patty Rogers, Lesbian San Francisco Real Estate AgentPatty Rogers has been helping her clients buy and sell San Francisco real estate for more than thirty years, and she is the founder of Domicile Properties. She has an encyclopedic knowledge of San Francisco’s many neighborhoods, blocks, and streets.

She is also passionate about seeing as many properties as humanly possible, and this gives her a leg up on her competition. Her combination of passion and knowledge has earned Patty the trust of her clients and the respect of her peers.

Patty educates her clients about the City’s real estate market, about the pros and cons of Bay Area properties, and about what it takes to close the deal and get the best possible price.

She’s a shrewd negotiator and knows how to put together a winning deal when multiple offers are involved.

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Oregon Economy Showing Signs of Life

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Oregon EconomyEconomic recovery in Oregon is like spring: It arrives more slowly than you would like. But as the first quarter of the year comes to an end Saturday, a few economic blooms provide hope sunnier days are ahead.

Daimler Trucks’ announcement this week that it is hiring 30 professionals and managers at its North American headquarters in Portland is one such bloom. It’s the latest sign that important Oregon manufacturing employers are rebounding from the recession. Daimler already had made 200 hires in Portland this year, and Oregon economic mainstays Intel and Precision Castparts also are growing.

The housing market shows its own signs of a gradual thaw. Portland-area home sales climbed 17.5 percent in February over a year earlier, though a large inventory of foreclosed homes continues to hold down prices. Building permits are increasing, too.

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Full Story from Oregon Live

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US: Midwest Real Estate Market Getting Better

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Midwest Real EstateIt’s not ready to get discharged from the hospital yet, but it’s out of the ICU. Thus describes the Midwest housing market, parts of which suffered mightily during the collapse that began in 2006, says David Blitzer, managing director and chairman of the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index, which tracks 20 major U.S. metro markets.

“Prices in the Midwest are still not on an upswing,” says Blitzer. “They are falling and continue to fall, but prices are always one of the last things that turn up.” He notes that the increase in home sales and housing starts over the last year is bringing inventory levels back in line, as rock-bottom interest rates and growing consumer confidence encourage buyers to get off the fence. “Hopefully, we’ll see prices start to turn up sometime this year, but that hasn’t happened yet,” says Blitzer.

According to the National Association of Realtors, existing home sales in the heartland increased 7 percent in the fourth quarter of 2011 over the prior three-month period. They ended the year 14 percent higher than in 2010.

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New Orleans Real Estate Market Improving

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New Orleans Real EstateThe New Orleans area housing market finally appears to be recovering, Latter & Blum president Rick Haase told the UNO Economic Outlook and Real Estate Forecast Seminar Friday afternoon.

When a real estate market begins to recover, the number of homes sold increases, the backlog of unsold homes on the market decreases, but prices continue to fall because those are the last to turn.

In the past few months, that’s exactly what’s begun to happen. If one looks at December, January and February, and the three same months a year earlier, the number of homes for sale has dropped by 10 percent, the number of homes sold has increased by 11.7 percent, and the number of pending home sales, meaning those with signed contracts, increased by 26.2 percent.

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Full Story from Bayou Buzz

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Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Shannon Jones, Long Beach

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Shannon Jones, Gay Friendly Long Beach RealtorShannon has been selling Long Beach real estate since 1998, and she specializes in listing and marketing Long Beach area homes. She has consistently been one of the top Realtors in the Long Beach area.

Before becoming a Long Beach Realtor, Shannon enjoyed successful careers in both journalism and public relations. She has a bachelors degree from UC Irvine and a masters degree from UC Berkeley. She also has E-Pro, CDPE (Certified Distressed Property Expert), and PSC (Pre-Foreclosure Specialist) certifications.

Shannon is a California native, she loves gardening, travel, reading, cooking and poker when she’s not selling Long Beach homes.

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Jackson, Mississippi Real Estate Market Sees Improvement

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Jackson, Mississippi Real EstateJackson’s real estate sector ranks No. 90 out of 843 markets in the nation for number of employees, according to a new On Numbers report.

The report is based on 2009 Census data, the latest information available. Metro Jackson has 591 rental, real estate or leasing firms employing a total of 3,228 workers, with an average pay of $36,400. Of those firms, 589 are small businesses with 99 or fewer employees.

Johnny Brown, president of the Jackson Association of Realtors and Realtor at ERA Real Estate Professionals, said employment is tied to market health, which appears to be improving. “I can tell you over the past two to three months our pending sales have improved. I think we’re 10 to 13 percent higher than we were this time a year ago, and that’s very good news,” Brown said.

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Full Story from the Clarion Ledger

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Mobile, Alabama Home Prices Dropped in January

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Mobile Home Sales in JanuaryHome prices in Mobile dropped 11.1 percent in January when compared with January 2011, according to the new data from California-based research firm CoreLogic.

They declined by 7.7 percent in December 2011 compared with December 2010. Excluding distressed sales, year-over-year prices declined by 9.6 percent in January compared with January 2011 and by 7.2 percent in December 2011 compared with December 2010.

The local decline was noteworthy compared with national declines, which have held for six consecutive months. The data shows that national home prices, including distressed sales, declined on a year-over-year basis by 3.1 percent in January and 1 percent when compared to December.

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Austin Real Estate Market Improves in February

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Austin, Texas Real EstateReal estate sales in Austin continued their revival in February with 24 sales, increasing 14.3 percent from a year ago, according to newly released numbers from the Southeast Minnesota Association of Realtors.

Pending sales were up 27 percent to 33.

“Both pending and sold listings are up for the month of February,” said Winona Realtor Angie Schott, MLS president of SEMAR. “When you combine that with equally as strong pending and sold figures as January, the statistics show that we are off to a good start for house sales in 2012.”

Year-to-date sales in Austin totaled 50, up 13.6 percent from a year ago. This market has been showing increasing strength for a year.

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Full Story from the Post-Bulletin

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Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Gretchen B. Pagnotta, San Diego

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Periodically 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.

Gretchen B. Pagnotta, Gay Friendly San Diego Real Estate AgentMy 25+ years experience selling homes in North San Diego County allows me to provide a comprehensive Lifestyle Assessment when working with buyers and also when marketing a home. This approach allows people to truly identify what is important to them in selecting a particular property.

Anyone can sell a 3 or 4 bedroom home but to insure true satisfaction with a purchase buyers need to understand what is most important to them. The factors I consider when communicating are hobbies, sports, entertaining style, daily routine including sensitivity to a commute and the importance of nearby restaurants and shopping. Walkability scores now make it easy to factor in some of these preferences. My extensive experience allows me to focus on various communities and neighborhoods that match my buyers preferences. I always start with area and then focus on particular home styles.

When determining a style of home I determine how my clients use a home and what rooms are most important to them. Someone that loves to entertain will enjoy an open kitchen and plenty of space for dining and living. Some people prefer our door courtyards for casual entertaining. Many times it takes a creative eye to look at a floor plan and use rooms for different purposes.

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PA: Home Sales Rise in Philadelphia

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Philadelphia Real EstateHousing data continued their seesaw behavior Monday, with sales contracts for existing houses falling in February from January, the National Association of Realtors reported.

The Realtors’ Pending Sales Index slipped 0.5 percent in February, but the agreements of sale signed during the month were still 9.2 percent higher than a year ago, the group reported.

In the eight-county Philadelphia region, however, signed contracts were 23.5 percent higher in February than in January and 23.9 percent above the same month in 2011, according to the Prudential Fox & Roach HomExpert report.

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Full Story from Philly.com

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