Category Archives: Realtors
Should You Change Real Estate Agents?
Being a member of the LGBTQ community may make you hesitant about simply hiring any real estate agent. You want to make certain the person you’re working with is going to be able to help you find the home that fits all of your needs, while also respecting who you are. In some cases, you may find that the agent you’ve hired doesn’t seem to be on the right track. Should you look for someone new? Here are a few […]
Phoenix – A LGBTQ Haven in the Southwest
The southwest is known for its dry heat, native American influences, and deserts. It’s not exactly known for being an LGBTQ destination or a place to live, but Phoenix, Arizona, has a thriving gay and lesbian community. This metro area is gorgeous all year long, so if you love bright, sunny days, it may be the perfect place to call home. There’s a lot to do in both the LGBTQ community and in Phoenix as a whole. Phoenix is home […]
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 […]
Things Straight Real Estate Agents Might Not Understand
There are many great real estate professionals out there, and chances are any of them will be able to help you find the perfect home. However, there are some things that gay or lesbian real estate professionals will understand right away while straight agents may not. Here are a few things these real estate experts might not grasp right away and why going with an LGBTQ agent might be a better option for you. They May Not Realize You’re a […]
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 […]
Where Do LGBTQ Homebuyers Stand in 2018?
LGBTQ rights have come a long way in the past ten years. While the fight for equality isn’t over, things have gotten better in some areas. Thanks to Obergefell v. Hodges, same-sex marriage is now the law of the land. Being able to marry your partner provides you with many more legal protections and options. This is especially true when it comes to buying a home. Some couples aren’t aware of these changes or where exactly same-sex couples stand when […]
2015 National LGBT Real Estate Conference a Success
On October 12th through the 14th, gay and lesbian real estate agents, lenders, appraisers, and many others who work in the industry headed to Fort Lauderdale for the 2015 National LGBT Real Estate Conference. This annual gathering is organized by the National Association of Gay & Lesbian Real Estate Professionals and included a number of speakers from some of the top real estate agencies and other organizations in addition to breakout sessions, presentations, and more. This was the second year […]
Top 10 Reasons to Hire a Gay Realtor for your Home Purchase
Purchasing a home is a huge investment of your time and money. It makes sense that you would want a professional who understands your needs to assist you in the process. Below are the top 10 reasons to hire a gay realtor for your home purchase. 1. You can be yourself so that you can develop a trusting relationship with your realtor. He will listen to and understand your needs. If you do not trust your realtor and do not […]
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 […]
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 […]