CEO’s Vision Leads GayRealEstate.com

GayRealEstate.com has been around for over 25 years! We wanted to share a little bit with you about how the company was started – from the CEO himself, Jeff Hammerberg. We did a quick interview with him so you can get to know him and see how his personal experience leads the vision of our company!

Founding CEO of GayRealEstate.com
Jeff Hammerberg, Founding CEO of GayRealEstate.com

What do you love about your job?

I have the amazing opportunity to align fellow members of the LGBTQ community with a top gay / gay friendly realtor in any city in the United States or Canada. Many of these agents I’ve known and have worked with for over 25 years! It’s very gratifying for me to know that a client’s best interests will be fully and legally represented by a full-time professional realtor that stands in full support of our LGBTQ community.

 

What led you to start this company?

In the early 1990’s, I witnessed an instance of “quiet homophobia” while working at a Re/Max office. A gay male couple stepped into the ReMax Professionals office in Littleton, CO interested in buying a home and were assisted by the floor agent. A floor agent is an “on-duty” agent that handles all of the incoming calls and walk-in traffic – an opportunity to pick up new clients.

On this particular day, the floor agent was a straight friend of mine; honest, nice and kind, but someone who had probably never met an openly gay person. After he consulted with the couple, and they left, the agent took a lot of ribbing in the back room from fellow agents that had witnessed the interaction. It was shocking what I witnessed.

While the agent went on to sell these guys a home, I questioned how well they were represented. Were these clients’ best interests being represented? Was there a better way to ensure members of the LGBTQ community could be assured of fair, equal and honest representation by someone that understood the unique needs and desires of our community?

I realized in that moment, that by creating a database of gay, lesbian, and gay-friendly realtors, I could help other LGBTQ individuals and couples avoid discomfort, uncertainty, unenthusiastic representation or even hostility.

Individuals could be assured of a comfortable, smooth buying or selling experience while being fully represented.

So I created what today is known as GayRealEstate.com

 

Why is what this company does so important?

Listen, this is potentially the largest investment you’ll make in your lifetime. It’s not only important to know exactly where your realtor stands in reference to their acceptance and support of the LGBTQ community – it’s equally important to know the very large commission they will earn is not partially going to support a church, or political candidate or party that is not standing in full support of our LGBTQ community. Where we spend our dollars is of huge importance, especially in this day and age.

 

What sets Gay Real Estate (GRE) apart?

We’ve been representing members of our LGBTQ community for over 25 years!

In that time we’ve not only continued to build our business and systems and processes, to ensure they are cutting edge and seamless for our potential clients, we’ve given back to our community! We annually support dozens and dozens of organizations and individuals that continue to fight for our freedom and rights. We recognize this is as important a commitment today as it was back in the early 90’s when we first started.

 

What life experience has most influenced your career?

I was brought up in a “born again” family in Northern Minnesota – I dated women into my late 20’s and came to terms with my sexuality at age 30. My mother’s first comment when I came out to her was “you’re going to hell, you know that, don’t you?”

I guess I spent a great deal of my life exceeding at everything I did, and often that was to “make up for being gay”… that’s a tough way to spend half your life, but I know it’s not unique to me, and I also know it’s been part of my perfect path.

I learned early on in the US Navy that life would give back to me, what I gave to it. I’ve learned that each day if I take even the tiniest step in the direction of the life I’d like to have – it unfolds perfectly! I’m always taking action, and I’ve always been willing to work harder than anyone else would expect of me.

 

If you weren’t running this (and other) companies – what would you be doing?

It’s a good question. I have this HUGE entrepreneurial spirit – I’ve always got my hands in something! What business idea do you have? Lol! At a younger age I thought about motivation speaking – I’ve been a junkie of motivation since my childhood, where my dad had me listening to Earl Nightingale, Robert Schuller and others. I like coaching (I’m a Certified Professional Coach, CPC ®), mentoring and brainstorming.

The most gratifying for me, and I believe the biggest contribution I can make to society, is volunteering. I currently volunteer through SAGE, visiting elderly members of our LGBTQ community that leave their homes, transitioning into senior living facilities, retirement homes and assisted living. A large majority of them go back into the closet, a potentially very difficult, confusing and depressing readjustment in life.

 

What is a fun fact about you?

After 27 years in Denver, CO my husband and I are moving full-time to Palm Springs, CA. We’ve been visiting Palm Springs for a number of years, spending a couple of months during the Colorado winters. We’ve finally decided to make it full time.

If you haven’t been, I’d recommend a visit! Palm Springs has a wonderful pace of life. Amazing theatre, amazing restaurants, amazing hiking, amazing pool parties, and just 1.5 hrs. to Los Angeles. The Palm Springs community is 40% LGBTQ, and the ENTIRE city council and mayor are LGBTQ, it’s just comfortable… and where else could you live, where Leonardo DiCaprio, Barry Manilow and Suzanne Summers are your neighbors!

Gay Realtors Advice About Tapping Into Equity to Buy a Second Home

With interest rates low, and home prices rising, we have many of our Gay Real Estate .com clients asking if now is the time to buy a second home ~ we think the timing is great IF the investment is affordable to you… also after the recent crash, we’d prefer you not have all your eggs in one basket.

Tapping Into Equity to Buy a Second HomeWith housing markets heating up and interest rates still low, it can be a great time to invest in real estate. But if you don’t have a lot of extra cash on hand, how do you pay for it?

There are the usual methods, like financing the purchase with a mortgage or selling some stocks and bonds, and the usually bad ideas, like taking money out of your IRA or a loan from your 401(k), but some second home buyers have another option: the equity they’ve built up in their home.

Home equity is the difference between what a person owes on their mortgage and their home’s market value. For example, someone who owes $200,000 on a home that is worth $300,000 has $100,000 in home equity.

As home prices rise nationwide, so too does the value of your home’s equity…

Read the full story at: CNN/Money

Gay Kansas City | Real Estate and Neighborhoods | Housing

If you are gay and thinking about relocating, make sure to do some should do some research into Kansas City. Those in the gay community have so many great things to say about their town. Although there are no gay-specific neighborhoods located in the city, you will find many open and welcoming areas. Westport is among one of the communities that really stands out, the Ward Parkway area is another area that gets high marks.

Westport is one of the neighborhoods in Kansas City frequently mentioned and recommended to others as welcoming. It is one of the top gay neighborhoods in Kansas City. Westport is traditional yet trendy – the community was established about 150 years ago, one of the first neighborhoods to become established in Kansas City. Now it has become a destination for entertainment, clubs, unique shops and restaurants. The 8th annual AIDS bicycle ride recently took place in Westport. Housing options abound, with several in-demand apartments located in the area. Most are located within easy walking distance of restaurants, shops, bars and parks. Options from studio apartments to roomy two-bedroom arrangements are available. Several real estate offices are also located in Westport for those looking to purchase a home. Many businesses and services are located in Westport – everything from financial advisors to tattoo artists — making Westport not only an enjoyable but convenient place to live!

The Ward Parkway area is another top gay neighborhood in Kansas City. It is located near the Kansas and Missouri state line. It is a beautifully landscaped area with several homes located on the National Register of Historic Places. Like Westport, the West Parkway area has a lot of history. It was originally designed by J.C. Nichols, and he envisioned Ward Parkway becoming more beautiful than any other street in Kansas City. Ward Parkway was, and still is, one of the most desirable areas of Kansas City to reside. A variety of housing is offered in the area, from apartments to large homes. Those in the gay community are particularly drawn to the Country Club Plaza. The Plaza is both a shopping and residential neighborhood located near Ward Parkway. Restaurants, shops and entertainment abound. The Plaza and Ward Parkway have long been popular with the gay community.

If you are looking for a gay friendly community in the Midwest, you will be pleasantly surprised by how much Kansas City has to offer!

Author Jeff Hammerberg is the Founding CEO of http://www.GayRealEstate.com. Free Instant Access to the Nation’s Top Gay, Lesbian and Gay Friendly Realtors Coast to Coast. FREE Buyers Representation ~ Free Relocation Kit to any City, USA ~ Free Sellers Market Analysis for home sellers.

4 Big Drivers of the Housing Market Recovery

The Wall Street Journal highlighted four primary reasons why the housing market recovery is strong. They are:

  • Sales have made big leaps from year-over-year levels. Existing-home sales are up 9.7 percent compared to one year ago. Sales are at an annual rate of 4.97 million, which is the highest level since November 2009, according to NAR. Despite constrained inventories and recent price gains, home sales continue to post increases.
  • Non-distressed home sales are increasing. Home buyers are showing high demand for non-distressed homes. In April, about 18 percent of sales were in foreclosure or a short sale — down from 28 percent year-over-year.
  • Inventories have increased. In April, the number of homes for sale rose 11.9 percent from March. The limited supply — mixed with rising buyer demand — has helped home prices to rise around 10 percent year-over-year. “Rising inventory should ultimately slow some of the price rally while boosting sales volumes, helping to restore equilibrium in the housing market,” The Wall Street Journal reports.
  • Homes are selling a lot quicker. About half of all homes that were sold in April were on the market for 46 days, down from 83 days one year earlier, according to NAR data.

The author of this article is: realtormag.realtor.org

 See the original post at: http://realtormag.realtor.org/daily-news/2013/05/23/4-big-drivers-housing-market-recovery

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Featured Kingston Gay Realtor: Tim Hurley, Coldwell Banker Village Green Realty

Moving to the Hudson Valley in 1992, I wasn’t sure if this weekend getaway was a place I could live and call “home”. It took no time before I was at home with all the great amenities this area had to offer. I was most impressed with the outlook and diversity of the local community, and I made a lot of great friends right away! After living here for ten years, the search for my “dream home” began. I travel a lot and when I come home, I always realize how special the Hudson Valley is.I have worked in local radio and entertainment for many years now.

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Professional/Personal Distinctions:

Member of The Ulster County MLS. Founder of The Hudson Valley of the Dolls. WPDH & WDST radio. High Heels and Movie Reels film review.

Specialties:

Homes in Kingston, NY, (the city featured in this NY Times article…

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Featured Florence Gay Realtor: Shaun Abshire, Premier Properties Real Estate

“Your Executive Access to the Endless Possibilities of Northern Kentucky”

Dedicated to providing honest and outstanding service to both buyers and sellers before, during, and after the sale. Want to know how much your home is worth? Wondering if the home you’re looking at is over priced? Contact me and I will get either question answered and provide you with a Comparable Market Analysis for the property in question.

Professionally trained in all aspects of real estate sales.

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Professional/Personal Distinctions:

SRES, SFR, BPOR, CSSA, Member of the National, State and Northern Kentucky Association of Realtors.

Specialties:

For all Friends and Family members from Property Virgins, Well rounded buyers, and the more discerning buyers.

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Featured Houston Gay Realtor: Joshua, RE/MAX Metro

Houston is a vital, diverse city with a lifestyle for everyone; it is my goal to match the perfect home to that lifestyle. My expertise, talent and knowledge of all that Houston has to offer helps me provide excellent service whether you’re a first time buyer, relocating or upgrading to a new home.

For investors I have experience in several markets (CA, NV, TX, AZ) and understand the intricacies of building profitable real estate investments as part of a portfolio or financial plan.

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Professional/Personal Distinctions:

CRS, GRI

 

Specialties:

Investors (Single Family or Multi-Family), 1031 Exchange, New Homes, First Time Buyers or Experienced, National Relocation.

 

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Featured Gay Realtor: Dustin Brashire, John Aaroe Group ~ Los Angeles, CA

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As a child Dustin enjoyed visiting weekend open house with his grandfather. From that point forward Dustin had a clear vision of his future career. Real estate is a career for Dustin, not a part time gig. Starting his real estate career early, Dustin has gained a great amount of experience working all types of transactions that have come out of today’s difficult real estate market. In fact, Dustin has been a helpful resource for other agents his senior. Dustin’s experience includes assisting both buyers and sellers with REOs (foreclosures), luxury property, first time home buyers, trust sales, probates and more. Few agents are as ethical and involved as Dustin. He handles every step of the home buying process from start to finish and is known for his impeccable paperwork and attention to detail.

A low-key individual, Dustin is not into high pressure sales talk. Rather, he is very analytical and shows his clients what to do, not tell them. Dustin also understands the emotional value of buying and selling real estate and will be there with you every step of the way. He treats every transaction as if it were his own.

Dustin understands the needs of a LGBT client. Focusing on West Hollywood, Dustin also has worked in areas all over Southern California and serves a vast area, great for those moving within Southern California who would like to work with the same agent. Dustin serves most of Los Angeles County, Orange County, part of the Inland Empire and the City of Palm Springs.

Dustin will take into account your needs and match it with what it takes to sell a home in your community. If you are buying, Dustin will listen to your wants and needs and find the right home for you, and also help you narrow down communities if you are unsure.

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Professional/Personal Distinctions:

Beverly Hills/Greater LA Association of Realtors | California Association of Realtors | National Association of Realtors | Short Sale and REO experience

Specialties:

Residential: Single family, multi-family, income, condominium, townhome, luxury, land, foreclosure, short sale, probate, trust and more.

Dustin Brashire is a Member of the National Association of Realtors®.

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Featured Gay Realtor: Ray Gernhart, ReMax Allegiance ~ Washington, D.C.

With Ray’s successful career of over twenty five years in real estate, he has personally experienced all the ups and downs of the market. Since 1985, he has coordinated thousands of new home sales as well as easing the transition for families as they move on to new horizons. Ray’s expertise lies in his complete understanding of all facets of real estate, from buying and selling, to an all-encompassing grasp of the individual financial aspects for each client.

Ray’s background and success has earned him top honors in every club available including Lifetime Achievement Award Winner, Re/Max Chairman’s Club, RE/MAX Hall of Fame and the $20 Million Plus Sales Producer since 1999 with the Northern Virginia Association of Realtors.

Ray’s promise he makes to every one of his clients is to provide quality service, as a full-time agent, to achieve the client’s goals.

Why choose Ray?

The service that Ray provides shines through so that your real estate experience, either buying or selling, is a seamless process. He employs a full-time assistant to oversee the closing process ensuring that all the details are handled. This type of coordination creates a situation that moves effortlessly through the buying and selling stages. Ray’s dedication to his clients is proven through the numer of referrals and resales he is proud to be part of. Ray is there for you; before, during AND after closing. Bottom line? Ray makes real estate fun. He enjoys his work and it comes through in the service he provides. Treat yourself to a deal with Ray.

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Professional/Personal Distinctions:

Associate Broker, VA, DC & MD Lifetime Achievement Award Winner RE/MAX Hall of Fame Life Member Top Producers Club

Specialties:

Residential and commercial real estate to the LGBT community for over 25 years!

Ray Gernhart is a Member of the National Association of Realtors®.

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David Oesterle, Realtor ~ Featured GayRealEstate.com Phoenix, AZ Agent

“Whether buying or selling, we pride ourselves on getting you the most value for your money. It is a responsibility that we take seriously, and a commitment we make personally.”

RE/MAX Excalibur, HomeTeamAZ – One of Arizona’s premier multimillion dollar Real Estate teams specializing in Arizona Real Estate. With over 25 years of experience, HomeTeamAZ has developed a reputation of both attentiveness and responsiveness in assisting both buyers and sellers.

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Professional/Personal Distinctions:

RE/MAX Chairman’s Club, RE/MAX Hall of Fame, RE/MAX Lifetime Achievement, ABR (Accredited Buyer’s Agent), CRS (Certified Residential Specialist), GRI (Graduate Realtor Institute), CLHMS (Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist), CDPE (Certified Distressed Property Expert)

Specialties:

Residential, Relocation, Luxury Homes, Vacation Homes, Investment, Foreclosure and Short Sale Homes, Multi Family, First Time Buyers and Sellers.

David Oesterle is a Member of the National Association of Realtors®.

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At Gay Real Estate, we keep you posted about all the residential real estate news, gay real estate news and Gay Realtor stories affecting the gay and lesbian home buying and selling community coast to coast, and in your neighborhood!

Click here for list of gay realtors, lesbian realtors and gay friendly realtors Nationwide.

If you have a real estate story that you’d like to share with us with the LGBT community, please contact us at:
manager@gayrealestate.com