Where Should You Live in Ohio?

Posted on November 8, 2017 in Buying a Home

Are you thinking about making the move to Ohio? As a member of the LGBT community, simply moving to another state isn’t as easy as it would be if you were straight. You have to take into account what protections you’ll have, if there have been any reported hate crimes, how welcoming the schools are to children of same-sex parents, and other issues. It’s helpful to have an idea of what cities have been rated as great places for LGBT families. Here are a few of the places in Ohio where you and your gay or lesbian real estate agent should start your house search.

Cleveland

Cleveland is one of the largest cities in Ohio, and as such, it has just about everything you might need: many employment opportunities, great things to do on the weekends, and several areas that are very welcoming to LGBT people. In fact, in the 1940s, Cleveland was actually on level with San Francisco and New York as far as LGBT culture went.

There are a couple of suburbs in Cleveland that are especially great for LGBT individuals and families. Lakewood is smaller town that sits to the west of Cleveland proper, although the larger city has since grown into and around it. A trip through the neighborhoods here will reveal a number of rainbow flags and other pride symbols. During the 90s, Lakewood had the most per capita LGBT residents in the state.

Then there’s Tremont. This section of Cleveland is also very LGBT friendly. It features older homes that have been renovated over the years. The area is also known for its great restaurants and its access to Cleveland’s downtown area.

Columbus

The capital of Ohio, Columbus is also large enough that there are plenty of neighborhoods and nearby suburbs for you to choose from. The city has been named one of the top cities in the US to relocate to and one of the top up and coming cities of the future. Its zoo has also been highly rated.

If you’re moving to Columbus, check out German Village. It’s quite popular with the LGBT residents of the city, and there are many different gay bars, theaters, and other businesses owned by gay and lesbian entrepreneurs.

Cincinnati

Rounding out amazing places to live in Ohio is the other large city, Cincinnati. In Cincy, you’ll find a great annual pride festival, a liberal atmosphere, and acceptance from your neighbors. This is especially true if you live in the Northside, the city’s local gayborhood.

LGBT Welcoming Cities in Rhode Island

Posted on November 1, 2017 in Buying a Home

Rhode Island is the smallest state in the country, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be a great place to live. There are a number of LGBT people who live in the state. While it may not have many large cities, there are a great number of welcoming towns. There’s also the fact that Rhode Island isn’t too far from many of the large New England metro areas, including New York City, Boston, and Philadelphia. If you’re talking to a gay or lesbian real estate agent about a move to Rhode Island, here are some of the places you may want to start your search.

Providence

Many people start their search with Providence. As the largest city and the capital of the state, many move to Providence for work. The city is also very diverse and has a thriving LGBT community. In fact, Providence has been named as one of the top five LGBT-friendly cities by the website NerdWallet. There are a number of LGBT-owned businesses in the city, plus there are some great events hosted by the community. The Rhode Island Pride Parade is one of the most popular.

Bristol

If Providence is too modern and crowded for you, you might want to look at Bristol. It still has a good-sized popular, but it’s more laid back. It’s one of the oldest and most historic places to live in the state, but that doesn’t mean the residents are stuck in the past. They’re very progressive and welcoming. For those with children, Bristol also offers an outstanding school system. It’s just a little over half an hour to Providence, too, so you’re still close to everything there.

Newport

If you want to live near the ocean, check out Newport. The town does become something of a tourist destination during the summer, but for the rest of the year, it’s a little quieter. Like Bristol, the school system here is very highly ranked. You also can’t beat the access to the beach during the summer, even if there are a lot of tourists.

Barrington

Barrington has been named as one of the top ten “Best 100 Places to Live in the U.S.” by Money Magazine Another small town, Barrington is home to a good number of LGBT residents. This is one of the most beautiful areas of the state and has many outdoor areas to enjoy. Take a hike down the Osmequin Natural trail, visit the Nayatt Point Lighthouse, or play a round of golf. If none of that sounds appealing, Providence is less than 20 minutes away.

The Welcome You Can Expect in North Texas Varies by City

Posted on October 26, 2017 in Uncategorized

If you’re planning a move to the North Texas area, make sure you look at more than just the general region of the state. The attitude towards the LGBT community changes quickly between communities, even if those communities are located near each other. Before you look for a gay or lesbian real estate agent to help you find a place to live, read up on some of the major cities in North Texas so you have an idea of what to expect. Here are a few of the cities in this area and how they tend to treat LGBT individuals and families.

Dallas-Fort Worth

Many people who are moving to North Texas are headed to the Dallas-Fort Worth area. This major metro area is home to many large companies, universities, and tourist destinations. Both cities are very LGBT-friendly. In fact, the Human Rights Campaign gave both a perfect 100 on its Equality Index in 2017. That’s not unusual—both generally score very high on this scale. Austin, which is in the central part of the state, is the only other city in Texas to score a 100. When you consider that most cities in Texas scores around a 40, the fact that three cities ranked so well shows just how different Dallas, Fort Worth, and Austin are from much of the rest of the state.

Plano

If a huge metro area isn’t your ideal home, there are a few other cities that are welcoming. Plano is a suburb of Dallas, but it’s far enough north that it’s not as crowded. While the city hasn’t shown significant changes in its support for the LGBT community over the past few years (at least as far as the HRC is concerned, since they have scored it fairly consistently), it’s still a great place to live.

Other Texas Cities

Of course, there are some areas of North Texas that are quite conservative. You may not feel quite as comfortable in Irving or McKinney, for example, even though both are quite near the DFW metro. Irving, in fact, scored only a 6 on the HRC scale in 2017. That doesn’t mean you’ll be run of out of town or anything. It just shows that the city doesn’t have local nondiscrimination ordinances, protections for city employees, or strong ties to the LGBT community. You may still find a place in these cities or in other North Texas locations such as Grand Prairie or Denton.

Reasons to Consider Selling Your Home This Fall

Posted on October 18, 2017 in Buying a Home

Have you been thinking about selling your home in the near future? If so, you may want to think about listing your home sooner, rather than later. Selling your home in the fall can make the process easier. It can also give your home an edge over the competition. If you are thinking about selling your home, here are a few bits of incentive to help you decide.

People Still Look for Homes to Buy This Time of Year

There are a lot of misconceptions when it comes to the best time of year to sell your home. One of the bigger ones is that no one is looking for homes come the end of the year. That is not true. In fact, there are quite a few people who want to look later in the year. It means moving when the weather is not nearly as brutal.

Competition Slows Down This Time of Year

If you want to give your home an edge, keep in mind that fewer people sell this time of year. That gives you less competition to worry about. Get your home ready now, and put it on the market quickly. That way, you can take advantage of a time of year where fewer homes come up in the searches for those seeking a new home to buy.

Prices for Potential Homes Are More Flexible

When you want to sell your home, but it will be contingent on you also finding a new home, then it is good to know that flexibility exists this time of year. Just like people will come to you with offers that are lower than you have listed, you can also do the same with the houses you are looking at. Plus, housing costs are expected to increase about 5% within the next year, meaning you will get more house for your money now!

If you want to sell your home, think carefully about when you sell it. If you sell it during the fall, you can give your home an edge over the other houses in the area that may go up for sale. Should you want or need any help selling your home, contact us here at LesbianRealEstateAgents.com and let us help you. We can get your home ready to go up on the market, and help you with the entire selling process!

Things to Never Overlook When Going Through Houses

Posted on October 7, 2017 in Buying a Home

When you are in the market for a new home, you are undoubtedly going to see quite a few of them. You will walk through a bunch, and have to rely on your memory, and whatever notes you may remember to take on each house. When you get the chance to go through homes you are considering buying, you should take a minute after you leave and write down your first impressions. That way, you can tell them apart when you look back after the walkthroughs. Here are a few things you want to make sure you examine before you complete any home’s walkthrough.

Check on the Roof

One of the areas a lot of people overlook is the roof. You look at the kitchen, bathroom, floor plan, and bedrooms, but did you look up at the roof? If there was a glaring problem, chances are you noticed. However, if the roof was just in normal condition, you may not have even given it a second thought. Make sure you find out how old the roof is, and include that in your notes. That is a large expense you likely won’t want in your first year at a new house.

Do You See Signs of Previous Water Damage?

You need to look around the upper and lower floors of the home to check for signs of water damage. This could be water leaking down from the roof, or water coming up from a flood. Just look for signs. Problems with the drywall, mildew and mold growth, and even the smell of dampness can all be clues to previous water damage that could pose a problem down the line.

Is the Foundation in Good Shape?

When doing a walkthrough of a house, make sure you also look outside the house. You need to look around the entire outside of the house, including where the house meets the foundation. You want to look for cracks and gaps in this area. That could tell you that the house’s foundation needs repairs, which is definitely a major problem.

If you are not sure what to look for, ask your real estate agent. He or she can tell you what it is they know about the house, and can give you the numbers of people they trust to examine the property. From there, you can look over the reports and decide which house is going to be the best for your needs.

Remember These Tips Before Buying Your First Home

Posted on September 30, 2017 in Buying a Home

Buying your first home is an amazing prospect, but it can also be a time of great confusion. As soon as people find out that you plan on buying your first home, they want to give you advice they think will help you. Some of it might, or it might make you even more overwhelmed or confused. Here are a few simple tips that can make finding and buying that home just a tiny bit easier.

Remember, You Do Not Need to Own a Home

Before you feel like you must be going out and buying your first home, remember, you do not need to. A lot of people feel pressured to buy a home by specific ages. Their friends are doing it, so they must, too. If you do not want to, then don’t! It is that simple. Live the type of life that makes you feel comfortable.

If You Want to Buy Your First Home, Don’t Rush the Process

For those who do feel strongly that they want to go out and buy that very first home, that is wonderful. Just make sure you take the process slowly. It is not a race, and moving forward too quickly can actually make the process harder, not easier. Take your time to find the right everything – the right Realtor, the right lender for your mortgage, and most importantly, the right home.

Don’t Make Yourself Live with Regrets…

If you go with the first home that seems like it might work, you may look back later with regrets. It felt alright at the time, but then you realized it wasn’t enough. Some homes are big enough for a single person or a couple, but not large enough for kids. Other homes are not big enough to entertain, when that is a priority. Just think about what you want now, and what you will likely need tomorrow, and find a house that feels right.

… And Don’t Miss the Obvious

Plus, if you rush the process, you may miss obvious issues with the house that would have been caught if you took your time. Get the house inspected, by multiple people if necessary, and do not rush your time in the house. Your Realtor is there to help you spot problems, so ask them their opinions, too.

When buying your first home, make the experience a good one. Seek out professional help with each step of the process, such as what we can offer you here, and go with the soundest advice. Don’t go along with anything that does not feel totally right. It is not worth the risk with an investment as big as a new home!

Great Cities for LGBT People in New Hampshire

Posted on September 20, 2017 in Buying a Home

New Hampshire is a great state for anyone who loves the outdoors. The gorgeous landscape stretches across the horizon, highlighting the lakes, beaches, state parks, and other amazing locations you’ll find here. Moving to New Hampshire can be a nice change for those who have grown up in large cities, plus it’s popular with people who are retiring and want to get away from it all. But if you’re LGBT, you may want to find others in the community to live near. If that’s the case, talk to your gay or lesbian real estate agent about homes in these cities.

Keene

Keene is a college town. Keene State College makes the city very welcoming by bringing in a large, diverse population. Keene has grown nicely over the last ten years or so, expanding from a small town to a nice suburban area. Many residents love going skiing or snowboarding in the nearby mountains during the winter and camping or fishing during the summer.

Durham

Another college town, Durham is also fairly diverse thanks to the University of New Hampshire. In fact, many of the most welcoming cities in New Hampshire are college towns, showing that the younger generation is definitely not afraid of diversity. During the school year, Durham’s population almost doubles. That means residents can enjoy very quiet summers, something many look forward to. On the other hand, the university offers some fun cultural activities, sports, and theatre performances.

Portsmouth

Portsmouth is one of the new cities in New Hampshire that has a true Gayborhood. This area features a number of LGBT-owned restaurants, boutiques, and other businesses. It’s also a very safe city, and you’ll find a lot to do here. In the winter, there’s ice skating at the park, while summer means a trip to the water park. Even better, Portsmouth is easily within commuting distance to both Boston and the cities in southern Maine.

Manchester

Looking for city living? Then you want to check out Manchester, the largest city in the state with more than 110,000 people. It’s nowhere near as large as Boston or New York City, though, so it’s not overwhelmingly large. You’ll find a number of LGBT clubs, shops, and restaurants near Elm Street. There are several great parks and other places for family fun, too.

In addition to these cities, you may also want to think about living in Hanover, Concord, or Plymouth.

Why Move to San Francisco?

Posted on September 4, 2017 in Buying a Home

San Francisco – the gay mecca of the U.S. At least, that’s what many people call it. A lot of LGBT people have a dream of someday moving to San Francisco, especially those who grew up in conservative places where they were afraid to be out and proud. However, as a number of gay and lesbian real estate agents will tell you, housing prices in San Francisco are quite high. The city is one of the more expensive cities in not only California but in the country. But while the real estate may be expensive, there are a number of other reasons why you might want to move to the Bay Area.

Don’t Worry About Navigating the Hills

The hills of San Francisco are incredibly steep in places. Fortunately, you’re not going to have to worry about that. The city is fairly small, and you can usually walk to just about every place you need to go. If you’re not walking, you can make use of the city’s public transportation service. The cable car system, which was the last manually operated one to be built in the world, is still in operation and can get you around the city fairly quickly. The bus and light rail system will assist you in getting to areas the cable cars don’t service.

The Weather

Many people complain that San Francisco weather is very unpredictable, wet, and foggy. That’s true, but it’s also true that the city is cooler than other parts of California. Since it’s on the bay, it’s often a little cooler than the inland parts of the state. It’s also a city where wearing layers works. If it’s cool, put on your jacket. If you get warm later, take it off. Just never leave home without a sweater or jacket!

You’ll Never Be Bored

San Francisco may take up a fairly small space, but there’s a ton to do in that little area. From picnics in the park to the huge LGBT pride festival every year, you’ll always find something to do. There are many different gay and lesbian organizations you can join to find like-minded people. Art exhibits, concerts, theater, and much more—you’ll find something to do every weekend.

It’s So Welcoming

San Francisco is one of the places where you can feel very free to be yourself. You can live your authentic life without worrying about judgment.

Best Places for LGBT to Live in Alabama

Posted on August 28, 2017 in Buying a Home

A lot of LGBT people are cautious about moving to southern states, especially Alabama. They’re not certain just how welcoming the state will be. Fortunately, while there are definitely some conservative places, there are also many friendly cities here. Of course, you may not get a choice as to where you’re moving if you’re doing so for work. Even then, you can find some neighborhoods that are quite friendly and welcoming. Gay and lesbian real estate agents are always around to assist you with locating the perfect home. Here are just a few of these welcoming cities in Alabama.

Montgomery

As the capital of the state, it shouldn’t be surprising that Montgomery is fairly welcoming. It’s got a bit of that college town feel to it, thanks to Alabama State University, Faulkner University, and several other colleges. The downtown part of the city has recently been renovated, leading to some great condos and townhouses for sale. There’s even a large LGBT church in the area, too. The east part of Montgomery features some affordable homes, too.

Mobile

Mobile also includes several LGBT-friendly churches and a thriving community. The University of Southern Alabama brings in a younger, quite accepting demographic to Mobile. In fact, in 2013, the city was the HRC’s top ranking location in Alabama. The area around the university is a great place to find nice houses with an acre of land.

Birmingham

Birmingham is actually the largest city in the state, and it’s also fairly progressive. The city holds its own pride parade every year, plus it’s home to an annual LGBT film festival. There are a number of gay and lesbian-owned businesses, too. With PFLAG, support groups, and more, Birmingham is a great destination for those moving to Alabama.

Huntsville

Huntsville has a long history of supporting the LGBT community. The Rocket City Pride festival has been a citywide event for years, and it always draws a large crowd. There are many different activities and events centered around the LGBTQ community center, too. If you’re looking for a city with a thriving community, but with also a very affordable cost-of-living, Huntsville should be on your list.

Vestavia Hills

Finally, there’s Vestavia Hills. This smaller city is near Birmingham. In fact, some consider it a part of the larger city. However, the culture here is a little different. This area is very quiet, and it’s often considered a fairly luxurious area. That, of course, means that you can expect to pay a little more for housing here.

Looking for other places to live in Alabama that are welcoming? Try Mountain Brook and Tuscaloosa.

Best LGBT Cities to Live in in Tennessee

Posted on August 21, 2017 in Buying a Home

Thinking about moving to Tennessee? By working with a gay or lesbian real estate agent, you can find a great house that fits all of your needs. But where will that house be? There are many good places to live in Tennessee, but finding one where you’re comfortable as an LGBT person is a must. Fortunately, some of the most popular places to live in the state are also very welcoming.

Chattanooga

Chattanooga is located near both Nashville and Atlanta, Georgia, making it a great option for those who love the attractions in these two large metro areas but don’t really want to live in either. The city has many activities of its own, especially outdoor activities such as hiking and water activities. Chattanooga also has several different museums and other places to take the entire family. As far as LGBT issues go, Chattanooga was the second city in the state to provide domestic partner benefits to employees.

Memphis

Memphis ranked number two on the HRC Municipality Index due to its non-discrimination laws and other equality initiatives. This is one of the places to go if you want a great night scene because nothing really rivals Beale Street. You’ll also find an LGBT Community Center here along with many LGBT college groups—Memphis has over a dozen different universities and colleges, so many people here are young and very welcoming.

Nashville

The home of country music, Nashville has been nicknamed the “Buckle of the Bible Belt” due to its location. However, don’t let that name fool you. Nashville has many LGBT families, and it’s home to an LGBT newspaper and hosts a large pride festival every year. It’s also the headquarters for the Tennessee Equality Project. Like Memphis, much of this welcoming attitude is due to the number of colleges and universities located in the city. Nashville has over 20.

Knoxville

Knoxville found itself on the Advocate’s list of the Gayest Cities in America in 2012 and always ranks highly on the HRC’s scale. Once again, much of this is due to college students, but the population overall is very welcoming. The city does have its own pride festival, in addition to a number of LGBT-owned bars, clubs, and restaurants. Those looking for welcoming houses of worship will find a number of LGBT-friendly churches here, too.

These are just four of the best places to live in Tennessee that are very welcoming to the LGBT community.