Herman Chan is a San Francisco-based real estate expert whose hit video blog, Habitat for Hermanity, earned him national attention. His unique brand of humor and insight can be seen at habitatforhermanity.com. In this article, originally published February 28, 2011, Chan shares with dot429 pieces of advice for prospective LGBTQ homeowners.
Even all the recent ups and downs of the market cannot deter people from pursuing their piece of the American Dream. And the LGBTQ community is no different. We have every right to stake our claim in that Dream. As exciting as it is to purchase property, special considerations must be taken into account for LGBTQ buyers. As you embark on your house hunt, keep these tips in mind:
1. The Right Representation
Finding an agent you are comfortable with is crucial. Whether it is a fellow LGBTQ member or an ally, realize that you may see this person every week for months and months. You better like him/her, at the very least! Work with someone who truly understands the nuances and needs of an LGBTQ buyer. If an agent asks you and your partner, “So, which one of you is the man, and which is the woman?Ã¢â‚¬Â move on!
2. Vet your Agent
Be mindful who you give your business to. For example, the local listing queen bee may sell beaucoup homes, but if she donated $30,000 to the Ã¢â‚¬Å“Yes on 8Ã¢â‚¬Â campaign, do you really want to support someone who thinks you are a second class citizen? Find someone who shares your worldview.
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