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. Generally, the floor agent is never the best agent in the office - the best agents are busy with clients and don't have time to sit around and wait for business to come to them.
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 find 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 my 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 I that moment that by creating a database of gay, lesbian, and gay-friendly realtors, I could help other LGBT 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.
And so, GayRealEstate.com was born.
Our country has come a long way toward recognizing our LGBT community, but we have a long way to go. Even today in 2017, with gay marriage now legal, only about 55% of the country believes we deserve that right. More than 1/3 of Americans still don’t believe our community deserves protection and dignity in housing, employment, adoption, and other areas of life. Now we have leadership in the White House that seems to be moving us backwards in terms of kindness, compassion, equality and acceptance.
This very day, at best you have about a 50/50 chance of working with a realtor who stands in full support of who you are, and your right to equal protection under the law. It shouldn’t be too much to demand representation with one of life’s largest purchases. Finding a competent and trustworthy realtor is a tall order for any person, let alone a person from the LGBTQ community. Using the “family realtor” - the nice agent you met at an open house - or getting a referral from your friend Joey is dated and not a sound plan. Again, you’re making what may be the biggest investment of your life.
Why Trust GayRealEstate.com?
We have no hidden agenda.
At GayRealEstate.com we’re committed to connecting members of the LGBT community to agents we know personally, have investigated and interviewed extensively, and in some cases have been working with for over 20 years! We understand their approach to working with LGBT individuals, and we have a track record of success, due to the success of our agents and the clients like you they represent!
Thousands of LGBT couples and individuals have bought and sold homes with the trusted partner agents listed here at our website – we close about a deal per day, coast-to-coast, every day of every year! I sincerely hope you choose to take advantage of our FREE database to enjoy the same success.
We take the hassle and worry out of aligning with a trustworthy gay, lesbian, or gay-friendly realtor by doing all the legwork for you. Just visit our main page and type your city into the search box provided. You’ll instantly be provided a free list of gay, lesbian, and gay-friendly realtors in the area you’re interested in. Read the real estate agent bios and choose the agent you like - there is never any cost or obligation!
I look forward to hearing your feedback regarding your chosen agent, and I wish you success, happiness, equality, and the home of your dreams for the future.
Yours sincerely,Jeffery Hammerberg, Founding CEO