Month: May 2014
My Partner And I Are Splitting Up…Can I Buy Him/Her Out Of The Home We Own Together?
You may buy your partner out of the home that you own together if he or she agrees to sell it to you. A problem arises when you both want the home or your partner does not want to sell his or her interest to you and you do not have a written agreement setting out how this situation will be dealt with. Your options are to work out an agreement with your partner or follow your state’s legal procedures […]
Dear Gay Realtor – Can my same sex Veteran husband and I obtain a VA loan together?
Whether you can obtain a VA loan with your same sex Veteran husband depends on a number of factors. The Veteran’s Administration, VA, issued Circular 26-13-18 in September 2013 in response to the President of the United State’s directive that the Executive Branch stop enforcement of the statutory language in Title 38, U.S. Code, defining spouse as someone of the opposite sex. The VA stated in that circular that it would determine whether same sex married couples qualify for a […]
Realtors Need to Be Culturally Competent
It’s certainly possible for a straight realtor to sell a home to an LGBT individual or couple, but the case can be made that they won’t fully understand their clients or their clients’ needs. Knowing real estate is one thing, but it’s not the same as knowing a client. That’s why many LGBT people turn to gay and lesbian realtors when they set out to buy a home or sell theirs. One reason why non-LGBT realtors may have a hard […]
Dear Gay Realtor, If My Partner Dies, Can His Family Kick Me Out Of His House?
If no legal precautions were taken before his/her death to secure your right to live in the house then his family may have the authority to kick you out. It will depend on issues including who will be inheriting the property through intestate laws or a will. Family members who have no right to the home cannot kick you out. According to Lawyers.com, if you and your partner were married and live in a state that recognizes same-sex marriages, you […]
Should you Fire your Realtor?
You’ve been trying to sell your home for months, or maybe you’ve been trying to buy one, but just haven’t found the right house. Sometimes, the issue is that there are too many houses on the market or that the market is down and no one is buying. Sometimes there are too few houses for sale and you can’t find the perfect one. But sometimes you just need a different realtor. Finding a realtor you really connect with can actually […]
Gay Relationships and “Common-Law” Marriage
You may be married to your gay partner and not even know it! As of May 2014, if you live in Rhode Island or the District of Columbia you are eligible to establish same-sex common law marriages. The basic legal requirements include that the parties must be of legal age, must be mentally capable of entering into a contract and must not already be married to another person. Rhode Island revised its marriage statutes in 2013 to make them gender-neutral. […]
Thinning Out Your Possessions When Moving
Packing is one of the largest parts of the moving process. Many people use it as an excuse to thin out their possessions. This can be a great time to clean out your closets and get rid of stuff that you don’t really use or need that much. Why move items that you’re just going to stick back in a closet somewhere and never take out again? Of course, you don’t want to go too overboard with your cleaning. Sometimes, […]
Preparing to Move
You’ve found the house of your dreams and your offer was accepted! You’ve also found the perfect buyer for your home, and everything is lined up for the sale! But you’re not out of the woods yet. Now you have to move, and that can be a headache of its own. Here are some tips for making the move as easy as possible. Remember, the closing date of the sale is when the new owners take official possession of the […]