Dream Town’s definition of family has always been inclusive … driven by a heartfelt respect for all our clients and real estate consultants.
When Illinois’ historic new Marriage Equality laws took effect in June 2014—and Chicago’s LGBTQIA+ buyers & sellers begin to officially form their new families—we knew many would have questions about the implications that the change in legal status would have on home finance options, title transfer, taxes, and other residential ownership issues.
From that milestone to the present and beyond, we’re committed to making sure that the LGBTQIA+ community has all the tools they need to fully understand their real estate rights and responsibilities. That’s why we created the Dream Town LGBTQIA+ Client Services Division—the first of its kind in Chicagoland. This division offers resources and connections—powered by Dream Town’s award-winning residential consultants who specialize in serving the diverse needs of this market and help the LGBTQIA+ community fully celebrate “Pride of Ownership”.
At Dream Town, we recognize that there should be Pride in being exactly who you are—regardless of color, creed, sexual orientation or gender identity. Beyond the LGBTQIA+ Division, we also established an intersectional diversity council in 2020 to better meet the needs of all our brokers and staff, and improve community engagement. This self-directed council advises leadership about opportunities for better communication, training, and community involvement, and provides feedback on how we are doing internally. Recent initiatives by the diversity council have included sponsorship of the Race Against Hate in Evanston, and fundraisers for The Boulevard and the Center on Halsted. Read more about our diversity initiatives here.
When launching the nation’s first-ever LGBTQIA+ 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 LGBTQIA+ community. Home purchase and ownership issues like home finance options, title transfer and tax implications were discussed.