Monthly Archives: September 2012

Street Names Make a Difference on Asking Prices?

The street name of a neighborhood can affect the asking price on a home, at least according to a new survey by Trulia.

Trulia analyzed the median asking price per square foot among various types of address suffixes, like “Lane” and “Park.”

Street addresses with the words “Boulevard,” “Place,” and “Road” were found to have higher average asking prices than homes with addresses ending in “Avenue,” “Drive,” or “Street,” according to the Trulia study.

For example, homes that were located on streets with the word “Boulevard” in the address sold on average about $117 per square foot compared to properties located on addresses with “Lane,” which would sell on average for $101 per square feet, or “Street,” which sold for about $86 per square foot.

Homes that had “Boulevard” in the address had the highest asking prices of all the street-names Trulia studied.

 

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Posted on September 28, 2012 in Home Prices

Featured Bellevue Gay Realtor: John, Comey & Shepherd Realtors

Let me put my 25 years of marketing experience to work for you during these challenging times. From staging advice to best ways to market your home…I can help.

For buyers, I bring my own relocation experiences to the process…I understand what it’s like. I also work throughout Greater Cincinnati, so I know most neighborhoods really well.

I volunteer a lot of my time to Cincinnati non-profits. Not only does that strengthen our community, but it helps me understand the city and all it has to offer.

Diversity means working with ALL communities and I look forward to working with you.

 

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Professional/Personal Distinctions:

Member of Ohio Association of Realtors, Cincinnati Board of Realtors and Northern Kentucky Association of Realtors.
President of Davidson College Cincinnati chapter
Vice President of the Cincinnati Gay Chamber of Commerce
Founding member of the Museum of Advertising
Membership VP for the Friends of CCM
Certified Association Executive
Marathoner

 

Specialties:

Single Family Residential; Resale and New Construcation. Condominiums, Townhomes and Loft Living. Relocation and Corporate Transfer.

 

 

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Posted on September 27, 2012 in Gay Realtors

Featured Cleveland Gay Realtor: David, Howard Hanna Real Estate Services

Gay Realtor David

You may never have a better opportunity to buy your dream home at such a wonderful price and historically low interest rates!

When you contact me, I’ll E-Mail New Homes in your price range daily, including all information and pictures. Also, let me know if you find a property in the Akron Ohio homes area that you are interested in, I’m happy to show you homes on your schedule.

Working with me when buying a home is absolutely free!

Considering SELLING?

I’m always in need of new listings. We have many buyers and not enough homes to show. This is the time to list and sell your home with a Top Agent at the number 1 Real Estate Company in NE Ohio, Howard Hanna Real Estate Services!

Contact me today for any of your real estate needs!

 

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Professional/Personal Distinctions:

Ohio Association of Realtors. Akron Area Board of Realtors. Lifetime Resident of Akron and Firestone Park. Garfield High School and University of Akron. Hondros College. Married 35 Years, Proud of Two Successful Daughters. I Have Traveled Extensively in Ohio and the USA. Licensed Private Pilot. I Have a Good, Working Knowledge of All of Northeastern Ohio. Achieving Many Awards for Quality, On Time Performance and Leadership. Member, St. Paul’s Church. Member, Firestone Park Citizens Council. Member, Archbishop Hoban Alumni Association. Member, The Ohio State University Presidents Club. Go Bucks !! Associations: Akron Area Board of Realtors, AABOR. National Association of Realtors, NAR. Ohio Association of Realtors, OAR. Northern Ohio MLS, CRIS. Cleveland, Ohio MLS, NORMLS. Real Estate Cyberspace Society. (Extensive Internet Training) AOPA, Aircraft Operators & Pilots Association.

 

Specialties:

Buyers and sellers Realtor. First time buyers programs. Senior homes advisor. Residential and Commercial. Short sales and bank owned homes. FHA, VA, REO homes.

 

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Posted on September 26, 2012 in Gay Realtors

SBA Raises Revenue Standards for Real Estate

The U.S. Small Business Administration announced that it will be increasing the revenue standards for businesses in 58 categories, including several in real estate.

The SBA’s size standards reflect the maximum amount a firm can have to still be considered a small business. SBA periodically reviews its size standards to make sure it reflects up-to-date marketplace conditions.

Within the real estate and rental and leasing sector, SBA announced it will increase standards for 21 categories. That will allow more than 13,000 additional companies to qualify as “small” under the new size standards, which will make them eligible for SBA loan and federal procurement programs.

One of the largest size increases will be for companies that lease commercial or residential property, SBA announced. They may now have up to $25.5 million in revenue — an increase from the current $7 million ceiling.

The revenue limit for real estate agents and brokers as well as property managers also will jump considerably — from $2 million to $7 million.

The changes will go into effect Oct. 24.

 

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Posted on September 26, 2012 in Real Estate

Presidential Election Prompts Home Buyers to Wait-and-See

A quarter of Americans say they want to put off purchasing a home until they know who the next president will be, according to a poll conducted on behalf of MortgageMarvel.com of more than 2,500 adults.

“It’s understandable that a considerable number of people say the upcoming election would give them pause for thought,” says Rick Allen, chief operating officer of Mortgage Marvel. “There has been speculation that tax policies could change depending upon who wins. Some have even indicated that the longstanding deduction for mortgage interest could be eliminated. It appears that mortgage interest rates will remain low for the foreseeable future, so there’s no pressure on people to act before rates rise. In such an environment, I can see that cautious people would take a wait-and-see attitude before making a home purchase.”

On a regional basis, people in the South had the highest percentage of those who said they’d delay buying a home because of the uncertainty surrounding the presidential election. Meanwhile, Americans in the West had the largest percentage of people who said the upcoming election has no effect on their home purchase decisions.

 

The author of this article is: realtormag.realtor.org

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Posted on September 25, 2012 in Home Buyers

Shadow Inventory Threat Lessens

The shadow inventory of troubled mortgages and foreclosed homes saw a 1.2 million decrease in the first half of the year, according to research conducted by JPMorgan Chase.

Chase researchers expect that progress to double before the year’s end, too. That would then bring the shadow inventory to more than 4 million, which is down from the 6 million peak reached in 2010.

A rising number of short sales has allowed more banks to clear the shadow inventory that has threatened the housing market’s recovery, according to the research. Banks also have been increasing loan modifications.

Shadow inventory is known for creating uncertainty in the housing market. In calculating the shadow inventory, Chase researchers include trouble mortgages that haven’t been paid in at least 60 days.

“Although re-defaults and new delinquencies will continue to keep shadow inventory elevated, the rapid decline should prevent downward pressure on home prices going into 2013,” according to Chase analysts. “Combined with better existing home sales, investors have reason to be optimistic about running recovery scenarios.”

Chase analysts say that if home prices rise 10 percent, the current number of 10.8 underwater borrowers could then decrease to 9 million.

 

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Posted on September 25, 2012 in Mortgages

Featured Cincinnati Gay Realtor: Elzie, Coldwell Banker

Gay Realtor Elzie

Certified Relocation Specialist

Appointed Ambassador to the City Of Cincinnati

Vice President of Northside Community Council

Multi Million Dollar Producer
5 Star BPO and REO Certification
Graduate Of Advanced Evaluations
From REO properties to Multi Million Dollar Homes

In the top 10% of sales transactions in the Multiple Listing Service of Greater Cincinnati

 

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Professional/Personal Distinctions:

Member National Association of REALTORS Multi Million Dollar producer, CABR Board of Equal Rights/Diversity Commitee with The Cincinnati Board of Realtors

 

 

Specialties:

First Time Home Buyers, from Investment properties to Resale and New Construction in the entire Greater Cincinnati area.

 

 

 

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Posted on September 25, 2012 in Gay Realtors

Neighbors Complain About Vacant Home Blight

Vacant homes from the foreclosure crisis are being blamed for creating blight in neighborhoods across the country and even presenting safety issues for those who live nearby. While vacant homes are blamed for dragging selling prices down, home owners who live nearby report that not enough is being mentioned about the affects these deteriorating homes has on them.

The abandoned homes are often left to deteriorate during a lengthy foreclosure process, causing lawns to become overgrown, roofs to leak, animals to move inside, and more. Neighbors complain that the vacant homes threaten their quality of life, AOL Real Estate reports. Some also say the homes threaten their safety. For example, neighbors recall a foreclosed home infested with snakes that also covered the backyard as well. Or another home that was in danger of a gas explosion after burglars removed a furnace.

These vacant homes “become magnets of crime,” says Ed Jacob, executive director of Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago. “They’ll get stripped of all their copper. People use them to stash their drugs. It’s a huge psychological effect on home owners who are hanging on.”

Local governments and consumer advocacy groups have been trying to get more banks to better maintain the properties. One of the most recent public efforts has been by the city of Los Angeles, which filed a lawsuit against Deutsche Bank and U.S. Bancorp for allegedly failing to maintain some of their repossessed properties. In another recent effort, the National Fair Housing Alliance has filed complaints with the Department of Housing and Urban Development, alleging that U.S. Bancorp and Wells Fargo haven’t properly maintained repossessed properties that are in mostly minority neighborhoods, AOL Real Estate reports.

 

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Posted on September 24, 2012 in Housing

San Francisco Considers Tiniest Apartments in U.S.

San Francisco lawmakers will vote Tuesday on a possible building code change that could allow some of the tiniest apartments in the country. The new apartments could be as small as 220 square feet, which would include a kitchen, closet, and bathroom.

In San Francisco, current building codes require that just a living room alone be 220 square feet. Those in favor of the micro units say that the smaller apartments would provide a more affordable housing option to the city’s “many single residents who have been priced out of the rental market as the region experiences a resurgent technology industry,” the Associated Press reports.

The apartments would likely rent for $1,200 to $1,500 a month and could accommodate up to two people. The average apartment rent in San Francisco is $2,734, which has risen 13 percent over last year’s levels, according to RealFacts. Some have spoken out against the micro units, arguing that the smaller apartments would boost population density and cause strain on public transit.

“Although in our fantasy world everyone would live in a single-family home or a huge spacious flat, the reality of life is that not everyone can afford that,” Scott Wiener, a San Francisco supervisor, told the Los Angeles Times.

 

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Posted on September 24, 2012 in Housing

Featured Brooklyn Gay Realtor: Matthew, Halstead Property, LLC

Gay Realtor Matthew

Originally from Long Island, Matthew has felt at home in New York City at a young age.
He has an extensive lay of the land not only in its architectural landscape, but also in its current market trends. As an avid proponent of social networking, Matthew has laid the groundwork for an innovative marketing initiative through Halstead to establish significant connections between clients and their agents with ease. With an unparalleled support team coupled with his youthful energy and enthusiasm, Matthew devotes himself entirely to his clients in an effort to efficiently and effectively accomplish what they need.

Prior to Halstead, Matthew spent some time as a Production Assistant for a Broadway Producer, helping to organize and produce the 62nd Annual Tony Awards. Upon completion of the awards ceremony, Matthew transitioned to become a personal assistant to the one and only comedienne, entrepreneur and diva extraordinaire – Joan Rivers. With these experiences, Matthew knows what it means to truly dedicate himself to his clients’ needs. Plus, he now has an artillery of one-line zingers to make even the most serious of clientele laugh.

Matthew is a magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Brown University with a degree in Theatre Arts.

When he’s not touring properties for or with clients, he can usually be found lounging in Central Park, tap dancing on the Upper West Side, or trying out a new place for brunch in the West Village. He currently calls Hell’s Kitchen home, where he has happily lived for the past year.

Contact Matthew today!

 

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Specialties:

Residential Properties

 

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Posted on September 21, 2012 in Gay Realtors