Until now, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) couples in Illinois — (as in most U.S. States) — faced a number of historically significant challenges and hurdles, especially when it came to the sale or purchase of a home. Generally, members of the LGBT community had to rely upon a number of complicated legal instruments to help them achieve their dreams of joint home-ownership. That is changing rapidly in Illinois.
“This change in legal status is affording LGBT couples a range of new opportunities, including helping to ‘simplify’ the process of joint home ownership. That’s why we created the Dream Town LGBT Client Services Division — the first of its kind in the nation,” explained Yuval Degani, President of Dream Town Realty. “As these new families begin to form, we know that many will have questions about the implications this change in legal status will have on their home finance options, title transfer, real estate taxes and other significant residential ownership issues.”
“We fast-tracked our plans for launching Dream Town’s LGBT Client Services Division — following a dramatic Federal Court ruling on Friday, February 21 that moved the ‘official’ start date of legal Same-Sex Marriage for residents of Cook County up by a full 3 months,” continued Degani. “Our strategy for the new LGBT Division has been in the works since last fall’s passage of Illinois’ landmark “Religious Freedom & Marriage Fairness Act.”
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