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LGBTQ Division - Our Mission Statement

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 LGBTQ 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 LGBTQ community has all the tools they need to fully understand their newly won real estate rights & responsibilities. That’s why we created the Dreamtown LGBTQ Client Services Division — the first of it’s kind in Chicagoland. This division offers 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 LGBTQ communityfully celebrate their “Pride of Ownership”.

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How LGBTQ Laws Affect Your Home Ownership Rights - FAQ

When launching the nation’s first-ever LGBTQ 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 LGBTQ community. Home purchase and ownership issues like home finance options, title transfer and tax implications were discussed.

How LGBTQ Laws Affect Your Home Ownership Rights 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 LGBTQ 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 LGBTQ Client Services Division; Licensed Real Estate Managing Broker

How has the ability of LGBTQ couples to form legal relationships changed over time?

What benefits does a broker provide for a same-sex couple looking for a home?

What is different for a married same-sex couple versus a non-married couple looking for real estate?

What is the process so that same-sex couples can jointly hold a title?

Should same-sex partners wait until marriage to buy a house?

What is different for a married same-sex couple versus a non-married couple looking for a mortgage?

What do same-sex couples have to do to change their mortgage to reflect marriage?

How do gay and lesbian couples make certain that property will be passed along to the partner in case of death?

Are there economic advantages of being married for everyone?

What is the scope of protections created by the Illinois Human Rights Act for members of the LGBTQ community?

Will most same-sex couples see a savings by filing their taxes jointly?

What are some little-known tax benefits for same-sex couples?

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Amie Klujian - Dream Town Realty
We’re committed to making sure that the clients have all the tools they need to fully understand their real estate rights and responsibilities. Our LGBTQ Client Services Division offers resources and connections powered by our award-winning brokers and specializes in serving your diverse needs.” Amie Klujian - Executive Vice President, SwakeGroup at Dream Town Realty