In the early 1990's, I witnessed an instance of "quiet homophobia" while working at a Re/Max office.
A gay couple interested in buying a home stopped into the office and were assisted by the floor agent. A floor agent is an "on-duty" agent, and gets to handle all of the incoming calls and walk-in traffic – it's an opportunity to pick up new clients. Generally, the floor agent is never the best agent in the office… the best agents are busy with clients and don't have time to sit around and wait for business to come to them. On this particular day, the floor agent was a straight friend of mine, someone who had probably never met an openly gay person.
After the couple left, the agent took a lot of ribbing for working with these new clients. While he went on to find these guys a home, I questioned how well they were represented. Were these clients really being taken seriously?
I realized that by creating a database of gay, lesbian, and gay-friendly realtors, I could help other LGBT couples and individuals avoid hostility or, at the very least, unenthusiastic representation. They could enjoy a comfortable, smooth buying or selling experience while being fully represented.
And so, GayRealEstate.com was born.
Our country has come a long way toward recognizing our LGBT community, and ensuring we are treated fairly. But even in 2015, with gay marriage now legal, only about 55% of the country believes we deserved that right. More than one-third of Americans still don’t believe our community deserves protection and dignity in housing, employment, and other areas of life.
You have slightly more than a 50/50 chance of working with a realtor who stands in full support of our community and your right to equal protection under the law.
Finding a competent and trustworthy realtor is a tall order for any person, let alone a person from the LGBT community. Using the “family realtor” – the nice agent you met at an open house – or getting a referral from your cousin Joey is dated and potentially dangerous. After all, you’re making what may be the biggest investment of your life.
Why Trust GayRealEstate.com?
We have no hidden agenda.
We are committed to connecting members of the LGBT community to agents we know personally and have interviewed extensively regarding their approach to working with LGBT individuals. Thousands of LGBT couples and individuals have bought and sold homes with our trusted partners. I sincerely hope you choose to take advantage of our FREE database to enjoy the same success.
We take the hassle and worry out of seeking a trustworthy gay, lesbian, or gay-friendly realtor by doing all the legwork for you. Just visit our main page and type your city into the search box provided. You’ll instantly be provided a free list of gay, lesbian, and gay-friendly realtors in the area you’re interested in. Read the real estate agent bios and choose the agent you like - there is never any cost or obligation!
I look forward to hearing your feedback regarding your chosen agent, and I wish you success, happiness, equality, and the home of your dreams for the future.
Jeffery Hammerberg, Founding CEO