Category Archives: Rental
Where Are LGBT Individuals Vacationing?
Want to know where some of the best places to live are for members of the LGBT community? One tip is to check out where they’re vacationing. While it’s not always true, some gay and lesbian real estate agents have found that cities with a growing LGBT tourism industry do tend to be much more open and welcoming. No one wants to vacation in a city where they’re going to be looked down on because of their sexual orientation. Some […]
Finding a Place to Live if You’re LGBT and Homeless
While many people have the goal of becoming a homeowner, it’s something that isn’t always easy for LGBT individuals. Many are uncertain about applying for a loan together and even for looking for homes due to discrimination. Even if they can’t prove it happened, some do feel as if their real estate agent or other person involved in the process discriminated against them. Even working with a gay or lesbian agent doesn’t always mean that the process will be smooth […]
Great Towns for LGBT Families in Iowa
Thinking about making the move to Iowa? The state is certainly a great place to live for some, but how is it for the LGBT community? The good news is that many cities in Iowa have passed a number of laws that protect LGBT citizens. If you’re looking to move to a city that has everything you’d want from a modern metro area, but isn’t as large or as crowded as cities in New York or California, Iowa may have […]
Should LGBT Couples Rent or Buy a Home?
If you’re in a same-sex relationship, but aren’t married, you probably assume that you should rent a house or apartment together. Many couples, regardless of their sexual orientation, do this because they don’t want to be tied to a mortgage together if they decide to split up. While same-sex marriage is legal now, some couples either don’t want to get married or are not ready to take that step. However, because interest rates on mortgages hit record lows in 2016 […]
4 Reasons Renters Need Realtors
Renting a space isn’t as large of a commitment as owning one. When you rent, you’re able to pick up and leave more easily and you’re not liable for damages to the home that you didn’t cause. However, renting can be a bit more risky than home buying because anyone can do it. You need to be extremely vigilant when you decide to rent from a landlord because the property isn’t yours. You could be subject to a lot of annoying […]
The Top Gay and Lesbian-Friendly Universities in the U.S.
Some people move to a new city for work. Others do so to be closer to their family. But some people contact a gay or lesbian realtor because they want to move to further their education. There are many great universities in the country, but some of them are more welcoming towards LGBT students and educators than others. Here are a few of the universities that are more accepting and diverse as ranked by the Princeton Review for 2014-2015. The […]
Apps for Testing Out Color Schemes
Have you ever walked into a new home for sale to see its walls all painted that sterile white or neutral cream tint and then wondered, “What would this place look like if I painted the walls a different color?” It used to be that we had to hold up color chips from the paint store and work our imaginations quite hard before we could picture how a place would look if the walls were redone in a different shade. […]
10 Hottest Rental Markets
Realtor.com® recently released a list of the top rental markets in the country, based on the most-searched markets at its site the last month. Among the top 10 markets: 1. Las Vegas Median rent: $1,100 2. Austin, Texas Median rent: $1,450 3. Charlotte, N.C. Median rent: $1,195 4. San Antonio, Texas Median rent: $1,100 5. Orlando, Fla. Median rent: $1,195 6. Raleigh, N.C. Median rent: $1,095 7. Chicago Median rent: $1,550 8. Los Angeles Median rent: $2,650 9. Atlanta Median […]
More Americans Become ‘Rent-burdened’
Rental costs have been on the rise, outpacing stagnant salaries and widening the affordability gap, according to a new study by DePaul University. “After the housing crisis, households shifted to renting for a number of reasons,” says Geoff Smith, co-author of a study on the affordability gap and executive director of DePaul University’s Institute for Housing Studies. “The weak economy, homes lost to foreclosure, increased difficulty receiving a mortgage, a lack of confidence in the housing market and flexibility with […]
Investors See Rising Profits From Rental Properties
Rental income produced by residential properties rose 12 percent year-over-year in September 2012, CoreLogic reports. “The rapid growth in rental income is a byproduct of fundamental shifts in the housing market, driven by a large increase in affordable investment properties and rising rents,” CoreLogic reports. This residential investment will contribute to additional economic growth. “Overall market uncertainty can be reduced further by a reduction in mortgage risk, investment-driven economic recovery, and further clarity on housing policies, leading to more sustainable […]