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Dream Town’s definition of family has always been inclusive … driven by a heartfelt respect for all our clients and real estate consultants. As Illinois’ historic new Marriage Equality laws take effect in June 2014 —and Chicago’s LGBT buyers & sellers begin to form their new families — we know many will have questions about the implications this change in legal status will have on home finance options, title transfer, taxes and other residential ownership issues.

We’re committed to making sure that the LGBT community has all the tools they need to fully understand their newly won real estate rights & responsibilities. That’s why we created the Dreamtown LGBT Client Services Division — the first of it’s kind in Chicagoland. This new division will offer resources and connections — powered by Dreamtown’s award-winning residential consultants who specialize in serving the diverse needs of this unique market — in order to help the LGBT communityfully celebrate their “Pride of Ownership.” Sign up here to receive information about upcoming seminars and events.

Left to Right: 1. Brad Edwards, General Assignment Reporter for CBS 2 Chicago 2. Terry Cosgrove, Commissioner, Illinois Human Rights Commission 3. Byron Wardlaw, Assistant General Counsel, Illinois Human Rights Commission 4. Nicole Bashor, Equality Illinois Board Member & “Marriage Rights” Book Author; Vice President of the Gay and Lesbian Bar Association 5. Rick Garcia, Longtime LGBT Community Activist 6. Jill Metz, Jill M. Metz & Associates, Attorneys at Law; President of the Board of Directors for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Illinois 7. Vince Kueffner, President of Kueffner Group at Guaranteed Rate Mortgage; Professional Speaker and Trainer, Goal Setting and Personal Growth 8. Amie Klujian, Licensed Real Estate Broker; Executive Vice President, SwakeGroup at Dream Town Realty 9. Todd Szwajkowski, President of the Dream Town Realty LGBT Client Services Division; Licensed Real Estate Managing Broker

HOW LGBT LAWS AFFECT YOUR HOME OWNERSHIP RIGHTS

Dream Town Realty’s definition of family has always been inclusive. And when launching the nation’s first-ever LGBT real estate client services division, we were committed to helping everyone celebrate their ‘Pride of Ownership.’ That’s why, on April 26, 2014, we hosted a panel discussion featuring notable subject matter experts and community leaders to discuss how Illinois’ new Marriage Equality laws would impact the homeownership rights of the LGBT community. Home purchase and ownership issues like home finance options, title transfer and tax implications were discussed.

Below you’ll find answers to the many important questions that were raised.

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