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A Coast-to-Coast Look at the Impact of the Coronavirus on the Housing Market
Over the course of the last few months, life for many, all over the world, has changed significantly and suddenly. On the list of things we expected for 2020, many of us probably wouldn’t have put “worldwide pandemic” on our list – but one truth about life is that we can often expect the unexpected. The Coronavirus has caused a shift to a new normal in many aspects of our lives – and the housing market is no exception. Prior […]
Will Airbnb Units Rescue the Housing Shortage Across America?
I live in a beautiful single level condominium in Palm Springs, CA – It’s Paradise. In late February a unit across the green belt from me sold for a record price. At first I was a little stunned, because it was a mediocre fix-and-flip, and then came the “Seasonal Rental” sign, “oh, an investor” I thought, followed shortly by Coronavirus/Covid-19. I obviously felt bad for the new owner who had purchased not just the unit itself, but window coverings, towels, […]
What Factors Should I Consider When Choosing a Community in Which to Retire?
Are you considering retirement? If so, congratulations! Retirement is certainly a life milestone to celebrate, and one that is often the start of a wonderful new chapter. Whether you’re interested in traveling, exploring new hobbies, or simply spending extra time with the people you love, there is so much to look forward to. Two things that also often go hand-in-hand are retirement and relocation. Often, when people make the decision to retire, they also make the decision to move to […]
Does the Gayborhood Have a Future?
The gayborhood, gay ghetto, or whatever you want to call it exploded during the 80s. Boystown in Chicago, the Castro District in San Francisco, and many other neighborhoods attracted LGBTQ people because they offered a safe space. Over the years, the people who moved into these communities transformed them from run-down areas to gorgeous neighborhoods where many people, regardless of their orientation, want to live. But has this gentrification extended the life of the gayborhood or is it going to […]
Should You Come Out to Your Real Estate Agent?
When buying a house as a member of the LGBTQ community, do you have to come out to your real estate agent? Should it matter what your orientation is or if your agent knows? It shouldn’t matter, although it does leave you open to discrimination, especially if you’re not working with a gay or lesbian agent. However, whether or not you do come out is up to you. If You’re Married, It’s Important If you’re married, you’ll have to disclose […]
Wilton Manors – A Gay Village for Retirees
Wilton Manors in Florida is home to a very large LGBTQ population. Many of these individuals are retired individuals and couples who have moved to Florida to spend their golden years in peace. The city has the second highest percentage of LGBTQ residents to total population (behind Provincetown, MA), with 140 out of every 1,000 identifying as a member of the community. This 14% is much, much higher than the national average of 1.1% of the U.S. population, so if […]
A Brief History of Pride Month
Many people know June is LGBTQ pride month, but few people really understand what exactly that means. Why was June picked, and is there any special significance to pride other than showing off your love of the LGBTQ community? Pre-Pride Events Prior to the creation of Pride Month, there were a number of different movements and activities. The first pride parades were held in June in 1970 on the anniversary of the famous Stonewall Riots. These marches were held in […]
Building Your LGBTQ Road Trip Bucket List
There are a number of places around the U.S. that played a key part in getting the LGBTQ community to where it is today. Some people like to visit these historic sites to learn more about what part they played in LGBTQ history, while others enjoy the welcoming atmosphere and openness. You might even love one of these areas so much that you want to move there! While some are fairly well-known, others may not immediately come to mind when […]
Up and Coming Gay Neighborhoods
Despite some reports, the death of the gay neighborhood is far from true. These areas may not be as prevalent today since more and more people are welcoming LGBTQ individuals and families into their neighborhoods, but they still exist. In fact, there are a number of new “gay ghettos” that have burst onto the scene, giving people options other than New York City, San Francisco, or Boystown in Chicago. Here are a few of these up and coming gay neighborhoods […]
Is Gaytrification Real?
You’ve probably heard of gentrification, the term for when a run-down neighborhood is built back up until it attracts residents who are more affluent. Often, this means those who used to live there are unable to afford the area and are forced to move to a cheaper place. Recently, another, related term has been coined: gaytrification. It’s basically the same idea as gentrification, but it’s occurring in gay ghettos and neighborhoods across the country. The Founding of the Gay Neighborhood […]