Even though millions of Americans buy a home each year, there’s no exact science to it. Each person has a different set of variables to consider, including those in the LGBTQ+ community. Fortunately, you don’t have to navigate the process completely in the dark. Here are 9 things every LGBTQ+ homebuyer should know, along with resources to help you find and settle into the home of your dreams.
1. You have rights against discrimination
In another win for equality, a federal judge recently ruled that the LGBTQ+ community is protected against housing discrimination. That means that no matter where you live in the country, no seller can refuse to sell you a home based on your sexual orientation or gender identity. Unfortunately, we live in an imperfect world, and there is no guarantee that you won’t run into prejudice at any point.
Discrimination can take various forms: a house you’ve shown interest in may disappear off the market, a seller may raise their asking price without warning or cause, or a bank may assign you extra piles of paperwork in order to apply for a loan. Keep a close eye on the process to ensure you’re receiving the same fair treatment as anyone else. Consult friends, family, and neighbors who have recently bought property, and compare your experience to theirs — sometimes, it could be that a process only seems over-complicated, but other times, you may discover you’re taking unnecessary additional steps.
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