A Queer Resource to Help You Get Home

A Queer Resource to Help You Get Home

A Queer Resource to Help You Get Home


Ts Madison and Dominique Morgan Launch Housing Initiative for Transgender Community

Transgender activist and entertainer TS Madison, along with Dominique Morgan, a renowned LGBTQ+ advocate, have unveiled the TS Madison Starter House initiative. This project aims to address the critical housing needs of transgender individuals by providing safe, supportive, and affirming housing. The initiative focuses on creating a community where transgender people can find not only shelter but also access to resources and support systems essential for their well-being and empowerment.

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Agent Spotlight

Fawn Dabrowiak (Denver, CO)

I am a queer real estate agent at West+Main Homes supporting folks with their real estate needs in Colorado. I'm passionate about helping my clients navigate the home buying and selling process in a way that is transparent, communicative, and empowering for them. I especially love helping first-time homebuyers and folks relocating to Colorado from elsewhere.

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Survey: Most LGBTQ+ individuals experience discrimination in housing

Zillow is working for change through advocacy, product innovation and partnerships

More than three-quarters of LGBTQ+ individuals in a recent Zillow survey said they have experienced housing discrimination based on their identity — at 79%, it’s the most of any group in the survey. 

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Agent Spotlight

Matt Rosenblatt (Long Beach, CA)

I specialize in selling single family homes, condos and units in SoCal

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These Are the Top 5 Most Affordable LGBTQ+ Friendly Small Cities

Eager to ditch the congestion of the big city for the comforts of a smaller one? Our friends at the Queer Money Podcast have compiled a list of the Top 5 most affordable small cities that are queer-friendly.


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Kailey Taylor (Bend, OR)

I specialize in selling single family homes, condos and units in SoCal

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How Real Estate Commission Changes Could Lower Home Buying and Selling Costs

The real estate market is undergoing a transformative shift as new regulations on commission structures aim to make buying and selling homes more affordable. These changes, which stem from recent legal settlements and mounting pressure for greater transparency, could significantly reduce the costs associated with real estate transactions.

Key Changes to Real Estate Commissions

The primary change involves how commissions are negotiated and disclosed. Traditionally, sellers have determined the commission rates for both their own agents and the buyer’s agents, embedding these costs into the property’s listing price. Under the new rules, buyers will negotiate commissions directly with their agents. This approach not only fosters a more transparent process but also allows buyers to potentially lower their costs by opting for services that better suit their needs and budgets.

Impact on Buyers

For buyers, these changes mean greater control and clarity over the fees they pay. Previously, the commission for the buyer’s agent was often a hidden cost, bundled into the overall price of the home. By negotiating directly, buyers can now see and understand the specific costs associated with their agent’s services. This transparency enables buyers to make more informed decisions and could lead to substantial savings, especially in high-cost markets.

Impact on Sellers

Sellers will also experience changes. While they can still offer to compensate buyers' agents, these offers will no longer be displayed in property listings. This adjustment might alter how sellers price their homes and negotiate with potential buyers. In a competitive market, sellers might need to adjust their strategies to attract buyers who are mindful of additional costs.

Broader Market Implications

These new regulations are a response to legal challenges that argued the traditional commission model inflated real estate costs. The lawsuits claimed that fixed commission rates kept prices artificially high, disadvantaging consumers. By dismantling these structures, the market is expected to become more competitive, driving down overall commission rates.

Real estate agents will need to adapt to these changes by emphasizing the value they bring to clients. With buyers more likely to scrutinize costs, agents must clearly demonstrate their expertise, market knowledge, and negotiation skills to justify their fees.

Potential Challenges

While the new rules promise benefits, they also pose challenges. Buyers who previously financed agent commissions through their mortgages might now face upfront costs, which could be a barrier for some. Moreover, the transition to a new commission model might create temporary confusion as buyers, sellers, and agents adjust to the new processes.

The overhaul of real estate commission structures marks a significant step towards a more transparent and consumer-friendly market. By giving buyers the ability to negotiate directly with their agents, the new rules promote competition and could lead to lower costs for both buyers and sellers. As the real estate industry adapts to these changes, consumers can expect a more straightforward and potentially less expensive process when buying or selling a home.


Agent Spotlight

Mark Pattison (San Diego, CA)

Mark and his team are selling a record number of homes in record time and for a record price. Our team has received the prestigious awards and hundreds of glowing reviews from satisfied clients on Zillow and Trulia.

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Supreme Court Upholds Ban on Sleeping Outdoors in Homelessness Case

The Supreme Court on Friday upheld an Oregon city’s ban on homeless residents sleeping outdoors, a decision likely to reverberate far beyond the West Coast as cities across the country grapple with a growing homelessness crisis.

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