Many gay and lesbian homebuyers aren’t aware that their rights in 2006 to a non-discriminatory home purchase process could be guaranteed by local or state laws. Mark Nash real estate author of 1001 Tips for Buying and Selling a Home shares with single or partnered gay and lesbian home buyers some do’s and don’ts that can help eliminate headaches and frustrations before and after purchasing a home.
Utilize national gay and lesbian real estate agent referral services such as Crossroads Relocation and HomeLounge.com. Many referral services can direct you to a gay or lesbian or affirming agent if you desire one.
Locate an experienced real estate attorney to advise you on the best way for you and your partner to have the deed and title to a property you purchase delivered to you by the seller. Look for protections in case one of you dies, so the living partner has full rights of survivorship, especially if you don’t want the family of the deceased assuming ownership of your partners portion of your home. Have enforceable wills and living wills completed before closing or escrow on your new home.
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