Home Buying Tips for Everyone
On this episode of Queer Money, we talk with William S. Matthews, real estate broker, buyer and investor, about home buying tips. William teaches financial and real estate classes and counsels young people on creating healthy relationships with money. William is the author of Everything I Needed to Know about Money I Learned from my Broke @$$ Friends. Thanks to his parent’s prescient, William got his real estate license even before he went to college.
William shares his thoughts on the state of the national real estate market and what his primary demographic, millennials, are looking for in real estate. We discuss home buying tips all prospective home owners should know when buying or selling a home, including “shining up” their credit history and score. We come to an agreement about how most home buyers should think of their first home.
Home Buying Tips for Queer People
We discuss home buying tips for queer people, including safety considerations and how the federal Fair Housing act doesn’t specifically protect queer people. William shares his home buying tips for buying into safe neighborhoods.
We revisit the idea of queer people living in second and third-tier cities (Atlanta, Salt Lake, Austin) over first-tier cities (LA, NYC, Chicago) because of the long-term financial benefits.
Home Buying Tips about Gentrification
We discuss how to make gentrification work for you and the risks and rewards of buying into gentrifying neighborhoods. We, also, discuss how to spot neighborhoods that are gentrifying. Two articles to read about gentrification:
- Trulia’s 7 Signs of an Up and Coming Neighborhood
- How to Spot the Next Neighborhood That’s Ready to Gentrify
- Everything I Needed to Know about Life I Learned from an Event Planner
- The Fair Housing Act
- Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE)