Homownership: A Gay Friendly Guide

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By: Mark William Murphy, M.Ed. BRE. GAY

Main Street Realtors
Homownership.com

I am here to present this new book: Homownership,

A Gay Friendly Guide to Purchasing and Profiting from Real Estate and Attaining Self Reliance and Financial Security in the Process.

We gay people are educated, motivated, tenacious and aware. We see the world around us and continue to improve our place in it. In the big picture, we have made significant strides in our quest and right for civil liberties. We have staked our claim in society and continue to grow in places where we are not. One place we are not is the real estate market. We should own a more substantial share of it. By not having any significant presence in the market, we are letting potential to be pulled out from under us, and as a result, we are being pushed out of our neighborhoods.

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Global Acceptance of Homosexuality on the Rise According to New Study

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Residents of 90 percent of countries have become more accepting of homosexuality over the last 20 years, according to a new study conducted by the Williams Institute and NORC at the University of…

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November 13, 2014 :: 6:13 AM

Residents of 90 percent of countries have become more accepting of homosexuality over the last 20 years, according to a new study conducted by the Williams Institute and NORC at the University of Chicago.

The study examined responses to 2,000 questions asked in hundreds of surveys worldwide between 1981 and the present, and found that there has been a noticeable overall increase in acceptance of lesbian and gay people across that time period.

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HOMOWNERSHIP

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screen-shot-2016-08-12-at-3-20-58-pmWe Gay Guys are under-served, un-informed and un-prepared for our financial futures.  Who’s advising the gay boys in financial matters? Who?

Our dads, brothers and uncles have Donald Trump, Robert Kyosaki and Dave Ramsey to advise them.  Suzie Orman seems to have all females straight and gay on her client list – but where are the gay boys? Who’s advising them? Who’s mentoring them?

Do they know that real estate investing and home ownership, are as much a part of their American dream as it is their straight brothers, who marry their high school sweethearts and settle down to raise a family? Do they?

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Why the Most Popular Gay Neighborhoods are No Longer Affordable

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There Are Numerous LGBT Neighborhoods That Are Still Affordable

The Castro in San Francisco.  Boystown/Lakeview in Chicago.  Greenwich Village in New York City.  These neighborhoods have been known as “gay ghettos” for decades.  They were the original places where LGBT people could come together and live in an area without fearing for their property or their lives.  Today, many young gays and lesbians have heard of these neighborhoods as the original gay villages, and many want to visit or even move to these areas.  But those who start seeking real estate in one of these popular gay neighborhoods may be in for some sticker shock.

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The Gayborhood Isn’t Dead: Where Gays and Lesbians Are Moving Next

The Gayborhood Isn’t Dead: Where Gays and Lesbians Are Moving Next

Chelsea. The West Village. The Castro. South Beach. These are some of the priciest neighborhoods in the country.

They were also once the nation’s most prominent gayborhoods. These trendy, high priced neighborhoods were built in large part by gays and lesbians (with a heavy emphasis on gay men) who were unmarried, mostly single and without children; more adventurous than their straight counterparts; in need of their own territory; and thus willing to go into an architecturally promising area that might be considered sketchy or simply desolate and make it their own. Read the rest of the article here. 

America’s ‘Gayborhoods’ Are a Lot More Expensive, a Lot Less Gay

What becomes of a trendy gay neighborhood when housing prices soar and straight people move in?

As gay acceptance has risen over the years, gay people have increasingly moved away from historically gay neighborhoods, such as the Castro in San Francisco and Chicago’s Boystown. Simultaneously, more and more straight individuals and couples have felt comfortable enough to move into these neighborhoods. As a result, many gay neighborhoods—call them “gayborhoods”—aren’t nearly as gay as they used to be. Read the rest of the article here. 

Be trendy, not tragic: expert tips for future-proofing your interior

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screen-shot-2016-09-18-at-3-35-50-pmJumping on board a decor trend is tempting, but an overly themed interior will date very quickly.

Trends happen to the best of us, and they’re a lot of fun. But they don’t last forever.

Sometimes no matter how much money and time you invest in decorating your home, your interior decor becomes a bit tired and the look you once loved doesn’t work as well.

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Long Beach Listed as one of 50 Most Expensive Places in US to Buy a House

Long Beach Listed as one of 50 Most Expensive Places in US to Buy a House

Long Beach snuck onto Coldwell Banker’s annual Home Listings Report as the 50th most expensive city in which to purchase a home in the country, with an average listing price of $881,315.

The report, conducted annually, evaluates market data for “2,000 real estate markets nationwide, analyzing more than 50,000 similar-sized four-bedroom, two-bathroom homes ranking the most expensive and affordable markets in all 50 states,” according to the website.

The listings were published around the same time Long Beach landed on Time Out‘s list of top 15 places in the country to live—which included affordable rental prices as part of its methodology, believe it or not.

Long Beach came in at 50, sandwiched between Walnut California ($886,647 average) and Novato, California ($863,900).

California cities dominated the top 50 list, along with cities in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Minnesota. Read the rest of the article here.