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An LGBTQ+ Guide to First-Time Homebuying

Posted on May 20, 2022

BY DANIEL REYNOLDSMAY 09 2022 5:00 AM EDT

When it comes to real estate in 2022, it’s not a first-time buyer’s market, to say the least. Prices of houses are soaring, particularly in metropolitan areas that are queer-friendly. And mortgage interest rates are once again starting to rise. Would-be buyers who are LGBTQ+ also face unique hurdles like safety concerns and income disparity, which can make the experience particularly challenging.

Amber Ryland has navigated these issues firsthand. A lesbian realtor and certified mentor with eXp Realty (amberryland.exprealty.com), Ryland went through the process of buying a home with her wife Morgan and their young sons Hudson, Asher, and Westin. Below, she offers advice from her personal and business experiences.