House Hunting in 2021: What LGBTQ Parents Can Expect

2020 proved to be a year of significant change. Despite it all, families have continued to press on in doing what is best for their loved ones. For some, this means relocating out of big cities to more suburban areas for the sake of their health or proximity to family. For others, it means upsizing to support the increased time spent at home. 

As a result, the 2020 U.S. housing market ended the year as an out-performing sector of the economy, and in 2021, it’s expected that over 14.5 million Americans will move across county lines. Looking at the year ahead, housing trends are projected to carry on in high demand, making it a prime opportunity for both sellers and buyers. For LGBTQ families looking to move in 2021, there are several considerations to take into account to ensure you’re making the best moves during your move. 

The LGBTQ community has long battled for equal housing opportunities in the United States — as only 49% of LGBTQ adults are homeowners compared to nearly 65% of heterosexuals. Today, as an increased number of states and cities become more queer friendly, trends are turning upward in favor of homeownership in notable areas around the country, dependent on a few key factors. According to NAGLREP’s 2020 LGBT Real Estate Report, the most important factors LGBTQ individuals are looking at when making the switch from renting to owning are:

  • Safety (lack of LGBT harassment/violence)
  • Neighborhood vibe 

  • Gender identity anti-discrimination laws/protections

  • Large existing LGBTQ population 

Considering this checklist, a few stand-out cities are making our top places to consider when buying your next home. 

Omaha, Nebraska

The city of Omaha’s LGBTQ population has been steadily increasing over the past few years, which can be attributed in part to the enacted protections of LGBT people. These protections ensure individuals are not discriminated against in both the private and public sectors, which lends to improved home buying experiences and an additional level of protection.  

  • Percentage of population identifying as LGBT in 2019: 8%

Rochester, New York

Upstate New York based city Rochester is a top choice for those looking to move to a highly LGBTQ populated area. Between 2018 and 2019 the gay population quadrupled, making it a top choice for those most interested in neighborhood vibes and community. 

  • Percentage of population identifying as LGBT in 2019: 8%

Salt Lake City, Utah

Utah hot spot Salt Lake City is maybe the most surprising but desirable LGBTQ homeowner destination. Former openly gay Mayor Jackie Biskupski contributed to the recent shift in the city’s culture and climb to one of the gayest cities in America. Left-leaning views and a highly profitable housing market  makes any investment in this city a financially smart move in the long-term.

  • Percentage of population identifying as LGBT in 2019: 6%

Asbury Park, New Jersey

Home to the state’s annual Gay Pride celebration, this Jersey Shore town is expanding beyond a beach destination to a more permanent location within the LGBTQ community. With the recent Supreme Court issued ruling that gay and transgender people are protected from workplace discrimination, more and better opportunities are becoming available in towns like Asbury Park.

Other Factors LGBTQ Parent Homebuyers Should Consider 

Apart from location, there are a handful of other essential factors to consider in regard to the 2021 housing market, the first of which is home affordability. While ultra-low mortgage rates have given homebuyers an advantage over the past two years, the pandemic’s impact on the U.S. economy has also contributed to a projected spike in house prices. Depending on your desired location, home prices in comparison to size can vary drastically. To ensure your time spent house hunting maintains a realistic perspective, it’s important to start the process by first calculating your affordability to determine your home budget. A clear cut budget can help in making smart decisions on where makes the most sense for your family to move and what homes are worth your time viewing.

Secondly, given the current environment and COVID-19’s impact on traditional processes, the home shopping experience will likely look a bit different in 2021. In order to maintain safety and health precautions, particularly for those looking at homes out of state, much of the process can be carried out digitally. Virtual home tours, interactive floor plans and other self-guided virtual technology allow you to shop on your own schedule, from the safety of your home. 

Finally, as 2020 forced many of us to alter our lifestyles by spending more time at home, the list of “must-haves” for those house-hunting in 2021 will reflect these changes. Virtual learning and work-from-home have created an increased need for more multi-functional spaces and secluded home offices. During your home search, assess your family’s needs and what sort of setup makes the most sense for your particular lifestyle. Whether that be an open floor plan with plenty of surrounding outdoor space or a multi-room home with the flexibility to support multiple home workspaces—considering these factors from the beginning can help streamline your experience.  

2020 demonstrated our incredible ability to withstand change and uncertainty. While 2021 is certain to elicit more change, we hope for positivity and that all endeavours you and your family take on are with a fresh outlook.

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