Gay-friendly California

Last 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 [...]

Gay-friendly places to live

In celebration of Pride Month, I’m taking a little excursion around the U.S., breezing through some old and new gay friendly places. This week, a general look-see at the country as a whole and then next, a close-up on our fair state of California. Let’s start with the criteria. What does it mean, exactly, to [...]

Seasonal trends in real estate

The weather begins to turn warm, there are flowers in the air and millions of people begin to … yes, think about moving. In most states, the real estate market lies dormant for the most part in the cold winter months from November to February, and then – poof – it awakens. The count on [...]

Real estate as a profession — part 2

A salary in real estate? Is that a possibility? Well, yes it is, in the many support areas that surround real estate brokerage. If you don’t like the insecurity of a commission-only position, one of these vocations may appeal. They are all good, solid ways to earn a living and while they may not offer [...]

Real estate as a profession

Many people have an interest in real estate; the ups and downs of the business are matters of general discussion at tables around the country. But how about real estate as a career? What kinds of jobs are out there and how do they measure up against other vocational choices? In this two part article, [...]

California migration patterns

“Go West!” That was the mantra of millions who flocked to California seeking sunshine and the good life. For decades after World War II the population of the state was continually increasing, some 137 percent between 1960 and 2010. But in the last 20 years, the migration has reversed, and more people are now deciding [...]

San Diego property: from the lowest to the highest

Writers love comparisons; if fact we all do. I thought I’d have some fun this week comparing two pieces of property on the real estate market right now: the most affordable and the most stratospheric in price. Of course, there’s a lot in the middle, and a house for every budget. If you thought San [...]

Amenities: those little extras that make all the difference

Amenities, we’ve all heard the word, and we know we want them. But what exactly is an amenity? Amenities are benefits that increase the value of a property. They can be tangible, like a swimming pool, garage and tennis court; or intangible, like a good location perhaps, a great mountain view or proximity to a [...]

Today’s lending with the mortgage guru

I had a chance this week to sit down with Matt Young and talk about financing. Matt is a loan officer at MDC Financial Services Group and was recognized in 2012 and 2013 as a member of the elite class of the top 1 percent of mortgage originators in the U.S. He knows his stuff. [...]

Illinois real estate firm becomes first in US to offer LGBT division

Dream Town Realty

CHICAGO – Until now, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) couples in Illinois — (as in most U.S. States) — faced a number of historically significant challenges and hurdles, especially when it came to the sale or purchase of a home. Generally, members of the LGBT community had to rely upon a number of complicated legal instruments [...]

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