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Featured Gay Realtor: Bill Thon, West Hollywood

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Bill Thon - Gay 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.

Bill Thon helps buyers and sellers with high end realty in Los Angeles, West Hollywood, and Beverly Hills.

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San Francisco Homes See Fastest Appreciation in the Country

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san-franciscoHomes prices all across the country have rebounded sharply from the housing downturn. CoreLogic, a real estate information firm, reported that over the past year, prices rose in 371 of the 401 metro areas it tracks. But 10 metro areas, as defined by the U.S. Census, have experienced the sharpest increase, ranging from 11.4 percent to 20.5 percent, according to Kiplinger magazine.

Not too surprisingly, the San Francisco metro area leads the list with the median price up between 13.4 percent and 20.5 percent, according to the magazine. In fact, their survey found prices have come all the way back – or even surpassed – their peak levels of 2006 in many communities.

“Demand has outstripped supply in the nation’s most-expensive housing market for decades,” Kiplinger reports. “This is what happens when high population growth meets geographic and regulatory constraints on new housing construction.” The publication said that another tech boom fueled by an influx of social media companies to the Bay Area (San Francisco, Oakland, Vallejo) is again driving up home prices.

At Gay Realty Watch, we look for news to share with you about the gay real estate market – both lgbt real estate news and news specific to gay and lesbian real estate meccas.

Authored By Mike James – See the Full Story at California Home

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Pesky, But Potentially Costly Home Maintenance

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Pesky, But Potentially Costly Home Maintenance

If you’re new to home ownership, you may not be familiar with all of the responsibilities that are now yours. All of those things you used to call the super or management office for now fall in your lap.

Here are some items to keep in mind, especially if you got a “great deal” on your home because it needed a little TLC.

Little Drips and Leaks

Plumbing maintenance can by far cause some of the most costly problems if you ignore those little, niggling drips, clogs or strange sounds in the pipes. Leaks and drips under the sink are out of sight, so they often are out of mind. However, a buildup of moisture in a sink cabinet can set the stage for costly mold problems.

If the leak is on an upper level and the moisture seeps into the walls and subfloor, it endangers the structural integrity of the ceiling below. Latex paint has the particular ability to “stretch” and hold moisture. When this happens, you may not notice the damage to the ceiling below until the paint forms a moisture-filled bubble. By this point, drywall, insulation and subfloor will need extensive and expensive repairs.

Better to get the leak looked at right away by a certified plumber.

Roofing

To an untrained eye, a roof may appear perfectly fine, but hail, heavy rain, ice, snow or wind can cause damage to your roof. When left unrepaired, a damaged roof exposes your home to the elements, inviting potential damage. Here are some signed you need an expert rooferto inspect your home:

  • Missing shingles: During heavy downpours, strong windstorms or as snow and ice melts and slides off your room, tearing shingles away. While roofing tiles are designed to overlap, offering double protection, when one layer is missing, water can seep underneath and cause damage. Having a few shingles replaced is much less expensive than have to completely replace the deck (the layer of wood under your roof) of your home and completely re-roof it.
  • Curling or lifting shingles: A curled shingle or a row of lifted or buckled shingles indicates that you may already have a leak, or the potential for one. Have these shingles replaced immediately and inspect the deck and sub-roof materials for damage.
  • Decay and mold: When mold, moss or lichen grows on your roof it’s a sign that areas of the roof are holding water. Treat the growths with a killing agent immediately. Have damaged shingles repaired as soon as possible.
  • Damaged flashing and drip edge: Flashing refers to the metal or vinyl pieces that surround chimneys, pipes, exhaust fans, while a drip edge is the metal piece along the outer edge of the roof. If any of the metal or vinyl pieces are bent, buckled, dented or have holes, your home may be exposed to water damage. A certified roofer can repair flashing and drip edges.
  • Gutters are the metal or vinyl troughs that collect water runoff and direct it to downspouts away from the home. Gutters require extra maintenance. In the fall, leaves and debris collect in gutters potentially damning them and causing water to back up under the roofing tiles. Make sure to clean gutters each year before winter weather begins.
    In the winter, your gutters may fill with ice and snow forming an ice dam. The best way to avoid ice dams is to have sufficient insulation in your attic to avoid overheating your roof, and sufficient ventilation that accumulated heat can escape. Yes, it is too much heat coming from the inside of the house that causes a rapid snowmelt and pushes snow and ice into your gutters.
  • Extra precautions: If you live in an area with lots of snow and ice, consider having ice and water barriers or shields added to the “valleys” of your roof. A valley is where two differently angled roofing lines meet and where water, ice and snow can pile up.

Electrical Problems

If you have a breaker that continually trips or (in older homes) a fuse that blows, you may have an electrical problem. Of course, you may simply have too many items running on one breaker, but blown fuses and continually tripping breakers may indicate a fire hazard.

Have your home inspected by a certified electrician. If you own an older home, with fuses, consider having them replaced with modern breakers. Replace outlets in bath areas with a GFI (ground fault interrupter) outlet that switches off when the outlet is overloaded or when the appliance comes in contact with water.

We want your home ownership to be the best possible experience. We suggest getting an inspection before purchasing your home, and a yearly or bi-annual maintenance inspection to keep your home in top shape. When the time comes to sell this home and move to another one, you won’t have costly repairs needed before you can put it on the market.

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Todd and Nancy Moeller
Seven Gables Real Estate
5481 E Santa Ana Canyon Road
Anaheim Hills, CA 92807

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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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Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Tim Cardy, Santa Barbara, California

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Tim Cardy, Gay Santa Barbara 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.

Allow me to help you find your dream home! We have a wide range of community groups and a strong presence in Santa Barbara.

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Condo Prices Up Again Along the West Coast

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Linea San FranciscoCondominium prices rose again in June in downtown Los Angeles, San Francisco and downtown Seattle, according to The Mark Company’s Condominium Pricing Index.

According to The Mark Company Trend Sheets, the value of new construction condominiums in downtown Los Angeles was up eight percent in June over the previous year. In San Francisco, the value of new construction condos was up 13 percent. In downtown Seattle, it was up 17 percent year over year.

“All three markets face low inventory levels, strong consumer confidence and job growth,” Alan Mark, president of The Mark Company, tells MHN. “The confluence of these factors has resulted in rising prices. Another factor [is] an anticipated rise in interest rates, which could make borrowing more expensive. Buyers don’t want to miss the chance to purchase a home while interest rates are still relatively low.”

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Authored By Jeffrey Steele – See the Full Story at MHN Online

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Living in Gay Friendly California

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Gay Long Beach Real EstateLast week, we took a look at the most gay-friendly places to live in the U.S. Today we are zooming in to have a look at California, assuredly a great place for gay people to call home. We reviewed The Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) “Equality Index” which evaluated 137 U.S. cities from all 50 states as to their LGBT- supportive criteria. Of that bunch, only 11 scored 100 percent on the index, and yes, six of those 11 were located in California.

The 47 standards included such elements as nondiscrimination laws, relationship recognition, employment practices, inclusiveness of city services, law enforcement and municipal leadership. The six California cities to be anointed as deserving a perfect rating were Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Palm Springs, Long Beach and West Hollywood. Cities receiving A’s but slightly less than perfect scores included Berkeley (95); Sacramento (91) and Oakland (92).

Trulia did a comparable study of gay-friendly communities and broke it down to specifically gay male and lesbian concentrations. San Francisco made both lists, with the Castro district and Noe Valley high on both. As to California venues, Palm Springs and West Hollywood made the gay list; Oakland and Guerneville, Calif. the lesbian one.

At Gay Realty Watch, we look for news to share with you about the gay real estate market – both lgbt real estate news and news specific to gay and lesbian real estate meccas.

Authored By Del Phillips – See the Full Story at LGBT Weekly

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Dive in with Drake! Long Beach: A Mecca of diversity

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As a native of  Long Beach, Drake Cruz is a Realtor with Keller Williams, who truly believes "there's no place like home!" To learn how he will not only meet, but exceed your expectations, contact Drake at 562-884-9016.

As a native of Long Beach, Drake Cruz is a Realtor with Keller Williams, who truly believes “there’s no place like home!” To learn how he will not only meet, but exceed your expectations, contact Drake at 562-884-9016 or drake@RiveraAndCompany.com.

A Mecca among the gay mega-metropolis makes up the greater Los Angeles area, for years Long Beach has become home to many gays and lesbians who wish to nest near the water. It’s been recognized by USA Today as the most diverse city in the United States – one of the City’s strongest assets. With no official statistics, it is thought to be one of the largest concentrations of gay people in any American city. While the ethnic breakdown is approximately 40-percent Hispanic, 29-percent White, 14-percent Black, 13-percent Asian, and 4-percent all other ethnicities.

Long Beach Pride Parade and Festival is purported to be the second-largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) event in the region, behind West Hollywood’s. While the major event is held annually the third weekend in May, a robust LGBT community makes its presence known not only during this time, but also throughout the year.

At the central core of the Long Beach LGBT community is The LGBTQ Center of Long Beach, which offers many programs and services to provide education about emotional and physical health, housing, cultural and social activities, as well as legal and social justice. Along with several other organizations around town it advocates for the inclusion of all with no judgment or restrictions based on sexual orientation or gender identity and offers countless opportunities to get involved in a thriving community of like-minds.

Several gay-owned businesses have been deeply rooted, with a rich history throughout the city. This is in large part due to the Long Beach Community Business Network, which is more affectionately known as the Long Beach Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. It’s had a positive impact on the LGBT business and professional community since being established in 1922. This has helped to increase LGBT visibility amongst allies as a powerful economic force within the Greater Long Beach community.

Of course, there is also a nightlife scene most easily found at the watering holes in the Alamitos Beach neighborhood along the Broadway Corridor, but also on tap throughout town. Still, there is more to gay life than parties and chat rooms. Several opportunities to network and meet neighborly friends abound in the many gay and gay-friendly sports clubs found around the 52-square-miles of surf and turf in Long Beach. This includes the Long Beach Frontrunners, Long Beach Grunion Swim Team, Lambda LA/Long Beach Basketball, Long Beach/OC Surf & Sun Softball Association, the Long Beach Gay Bowling League called CAUL and the Gay and Lesbian Tennis Alliance, to name a few.

Undoubtedly the sunny Southern California community of Long Beach is a wonderful place to live for many reasons. One of which is that it allows us to share a common bond forged by our collective and individual drives to be who we really are. Now’s the time to get in on all of the fun that Long Beach has to offer and own your own piece of this beach oasis.

5 Reasons to Sell Now

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Sell-your-house-fast-nutleyMany sellers are still hesitant about putting their house up for sale. Where are prices headed? Where are interest rates headed? Can buyers qualify for a mortgage?  These are all valid questions. However, there are several reasons to sell your home sooner rather than later. Here are 5 reasons to sell now.

1. DEMAND IS STRONG

There is currently a pent-up demand of purchasers as many home buyers pushed off their search this past winter & early spring because of extreme weather. According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the number of buyers in the market, which feel off dramatically in December, January and February, has begun to increase again over the last few months. These buyers are ready, willing and able to buy…and are in the market right now!

2. THERE IS LESS COMPETITION NOW

Housing supply is still under the historical number of 6 months’ supply. This means that, in many markets, there are not enough homes for sale to satisfy the number of buyers in that market. This is good news for home prices. However, additional inventory is about to come to market.
There is a pent-up desire for many homeowners to move as they were unable to sell over the last few years because of a negative equity situation. Homeowners are now seeing a return to positive equity as prices increased over the last eighteen months. Many of these homes will be coming to the market in the near future. Also, new construction of single-family homes is again beginning to increase. A recent study by HarrisPoll revealed that 41% of buyers would prefer to buy a new home while only 21% prefer an existing home (38% had no preference).
The choices buyers have will continue to increase over the next few months. Don’t wait until all this other inventory of homes comes to market before you sell.

3. THE PROCESS WILL BE QUICKER

One of the biggest challenges of the 2014 housing market has been the length of time it takes from contract to closing. Banks are requiring more and more paperwork before approving a mortgage. As the market heats up, banks will be inundated with loan inquiries causing closing timelines to lengthen.  Selling now will make theprocess quicker and simpler.

4. THERE WILL NEVER BE A BETTER TIME TO MOVE-UP

If you are moving up to a larger, more expensive home, consider doing it now. Prices are projected to appreciate by over 19% from now to 2018. If you are moving to a higher priced home, it will wind-up costing you more in raw dollars (both in down payment and mortgage payment) if you wait. You can also lock-in your 30 year housing expense with an interest rate in the low 4’s right now. Rates are projected to be over 5% by the end of next year.

5. IT’S TIME TO MOVE ON WITH YOURLIFE

Look at the reason you decided to sell in the first place and determine whether it is worth waiting. Is money more important than being with family? Is money more important than your health? Is money more important than having the freedom to go on with your life the way you think you should?
Only you know the answers to thequestions above. You have the power to take back control of the situation by putting your home on the market and pricing it so it sells. Perhaps, the time has come for you and your family to move on and start living the life you desire.
That is what is truly important.

Don’t hesitate to contact us with any and all real estate questions. We can be found on the web at www.themoellerteam.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/moellerteam

Todd Moeller

Seven Gables Real Estate

Todd@themoellerteam.com

714-404-9540

Next Phase of Castro Sidewalk Project Begins

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Castro ConstructionCrews will be back at it in the Castro next week replacing the sidewalk section adjacent to buildings as work on the second phase of the streetscape project ramps up. As the Bay Area Reporter noted last month, fencing around the newly poured sidewalk extensions along the 400 and 500 blocks of Castro Street came down in early June to provide pedestrian access to the widened pathways.

But due to a late start this winter, crews ran out of time to replace the entire sidewalks by a self-imposed deadline to wrap up work by June 17 so as not to interfere with the Frameline LGBT film festival and Pride activities in the city’s gayborhood.

According to a posting today on a website tracking the project, demolition of the remaining older sections of sidewalk will begin Monday, July 14 on the east side of the 400 block of Castro Street, between 18th and Market streets. This portion of the sidewalk work will be done at night in order to allow for customer access during daytime business hours.

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Authored By Matthew S. Bajko – See the Full Story at the Bay Area Reporter

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