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A New Reality for Real Estate Agents – Adapting During the COVID-19 Pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed life for everyone – suddenly and in significant ways. Without question, its health impacts are the first and foremost concern. Beyond the immediate and obvious effects on health, however, the virus has changed day-to-day life for many – and real estate agents are certainly no exception. Many agents who were conducting a booming business only a month or two ago suddenly find themselves with few, if any showings. Open houses filled with buyers are no longer feasible in this time of social distancing, and in-person […]
The Benefits of Living Near an LGBTQ Community Center
As a member of the LGBTQ community center, you may want to move into an area with other LGBTQ families or near the city’s gay district. One advantage of living near this area is that you’re close to the LGBTQ community center. This center offers a number of different benefits to those who live nearby or who are able to visit the center on a regular basis. Here are a few of the reasons why you might want to live near an LGBTQ community center or at least visit one […]
Selling Your Home to Millennials
It’s true that Millennials have been slow to jump into the home-buying market, but today, these individuals are hitting their mid to late 30s, and many of them are starting to want a house of their own. In fact, surveys have shown that about one out of every three potential buyer is a Millennial. As an LGBTQ home owner, does this help or hurt you when it comes to selling? Younger Buyers Are Often Very Accepting Selling to a younger buyer often means that they’re more accepting of the LGBTQ […]
Is North Dakota LGBT Friendly?
North Dakota is definitely not known for its large number of residents. In fact, the state ranks 47th in terms of population, even though it’s 19th in terms of size. Despite that, this state features a number of natural resources, low unemployment, and has shown a good amount of growth, both economically and in terms of population, in recent years. Those in the LGBT community may not immediately think of North Dakota as a place to live, but there are some reasons why they might consider a move here. History […]
Do You Have to Out Yourself to Buy a House?
Some LGBT people are out and proud, and they don’t care who knows. These people will announce their sexuality to their realtor, loan officer, and anyone else who asks. However, some LGBT people aren’t as out or as vocal about it. They may seek a gay or lesbian realtor because they know coming out to them won’t be a problem. There’s no chance they will be discriminated against because of their orientation. But what about coming out to the person processing your mortgage, or to the agent at the title […]
Living in Montana as a LGBT Person
Montana – most people think of it as a big, empty state, and that’s not entirely wrong—a good portion of the state is open plains or mountain ranges. The Big Sky Country state is home to some incredibly beautiful places, though, including Yellowstone National Park and Glacier National Park. It’s also home to a number of LGBT people. If you’re going to move to Montana, you’re certainly going to want to work with a gay or lesbian real estate agent. That’s because you’re going to want to find a home […]
Tips for Moving
Selling your home is just the first part of the battle. Now you’ve got to move! But moving is more than just putting things in boxes and driving them to your new home. To move with the least amount of stress and work, you need a plan. Here are a few tips to help make your move easier. Ask your Realtor for Information – While your realtor may not be able to help you pack up your things, he or she may be able to give you a contact list […]
Are there Benefits to Renting to Own?
Renting to own, also called a lease option or lease purchase, can be perfect for those who want to own their own home, but simply can’t get financing or are unable to come up with a down payment. A portion of the monthly rent is applied against the price of the home. Often, homeowners have covered their down payment within a year of renting the property. In that case, they may be able to go ahead and get permanent financing to purchase the home. How does a lease option work? […]
Why Isn’t My Home Selling?
You’ve found a great realtor. You’ve fixed all those little nagging issues you’ve put off for months. You’ve even done some great lawn maintenance and put on a new coat of paint. But for some reason, your house is still sitting on the market. It’s just not moving. Why? There can be a number of reasons. While the ones listed here may be common issues, they by no means will apply to every seller or every situation. Your realtor can help you identify the particular issues with your property. That […]
Looking Past the Ugly Wallpaper
First time homebuyers are often distracted by things like ugly wallpaper, dark lighting, and a backyard that’s more dirt than grass. Often, these things make people walk away from a house that may otherwise be absolutely perfect. That’s why many realtors stress that it’s important to see beyond the décor and look at the structure itself. A good house may be hidden behind some ugly colors, but it’s still a good house. You can always repair and change things that you dislike. This is especially true in the middle of […]