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The Welcoming Cities of New York

When people think of moving to New York, the first city that pops into mind is New York City. While it’s the largest and most populous city in the state, its cost of living may be much too high for some people. NYC is very welcoming and has many LGBT people living in it, of course, but it may not be right for you. If you’re moving to New York and want to find a place where you won’t feel like an outsider, but also won’t feel as if you’re always on the edge of being broke, here are a few suggestions.


The Welcoming Cities of New YorkBuffalo is only an hour away from Canada and Niagara Falls, making it a great location for those who may want to visit our neighbor to the north. Buffalo is home to the Pride Center of Western New York, which offers a good number of different programs and events throughout the year. The city also hosts Buffalo Pride Fest every year. The city has a growing arts scene, too. Your gay or lesbian real estate agent will be able to point you to an area of Buffalo that’s quite affordable, too.


Ithica is home to two major educational institutions: Ithaca College and Cornell University. That means it’s the definition of a college town. This rural area is fairly quiet in places, and its home to a number of LGBT bars and other businesses. Farmer’s markets, food festivals, and other food-related events are fairly popular here, too. If you love outdoors, you’ll enjoy spending time hiking in the nearby hills and viewing the 100-plus waterfalls that are spread throughout the area.


Albany is the capital of the state, and it’s also home to the U.S.’s very first LGBT community center. That adds a bit of history to the city, and today, Albany continues to show its support to the LGBT community. It has a very active pride group that hosts Capital Pride every year. If you’d like to try something a little different, there’s the Big Gay Cruise down the Hudson River. That’s a lot of fun for those looking to network with others in the LGBT community.


Rochester is the third-largest city in New York, and it’s also home to a couple of great universities. The city hosts the Rochester Pride festival every year, plus Rochester hosts the ImageOut LGBT film festival every year. If you’re looking for a larger city to call home, Rochester may be perfect.

Don’t Buy a New Construction Home without YOUR OWN Realtor

There are a ton of things to consider when you decide to buy a new home. Should you buy pre-owned, or freshly built? What area should you move to? What’s your minimum and maximum price point?

imagesBuying a new home that’s being freshly constructed has quite a few perks. For example, there’s no likelihood of past wear and tear damage; however, the buying process can be a bit more confusing than usual. Because of this, you absolutely need representation. agents have the proper knowledge, decorum, and experience needed to successfully negotiate a new property’s price on your behalf.

The Seller’s Representative Isn’t Looking Out For Your Best Interest

The representatives (agents) in the sales center at the new home construction site represent the seller. This agent(s) is looking out for the best interests of the property and the seller. This means that they may omit details about the construction, the neighborhood, the schools, the soils (anything) unless you ask. They won’t inform you of other local properties that may be similar at a lower price. And most importantly, they’ll charge the highest price they can get out of you. The seller of the property has an agent on-hand that is primarily invested in their best interests. Therefore, you should too.

Your Representative Can Communicate Better Than You Can

Your representative can communicate with the seller’s agent using industry jargon. Not only does it garner more respect for the both of you, it also means that both of you are more likely to be kept in-the-loop on every detail moving forward. This also takes haggling into account. When you haggle, it’s very easy to come across as condescending or rude by accident just because haggling in real-estate is complex. Your seller may be willing to haggle if it’s offered in a roundabout way. For example, instead of reducing the list price of the home from $500,000 to $485,000.00, they may be willing to front the cost of something else that costs $ 15,000.00. The list price of the house doesn’t decrease, and you still saved $5,000.00. The real estate agent representing you has experience in business dealings, so you won’t have to worry about making this potentially costly misstep.

Your Representative Has More Information Than You

Sites like Zillow are great for general information and pricing. However, your agent will be privy to different, in-depth sources that you won’t have access to. They also have the benefit of industry connections. Without this information, you could be working with a seller or seller’s agent who is known for making bad deals, or worse, building crappy homes, without knowing it!

Your Representative Might Find You Something Better

An experienced representative keeps themselves up-to-date with all of the current housing trends in the area. That means that they’ll tell you if a better home appears nearby at a similar or cheaper price. They’ll give you a giant list of options to consider before you commit to one home.

Buyer Representation is FREE!

When the seller contracts an agent, they agree to pay the agent a portion of the total commission when the house is sold. If you do business with the seller, the seller’s agent must pay your agent a portion from that commission as well. Buyer’s representation doesn’t cost you (the buyer) anything, so there’s no reason not to be represented!

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