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LGBTQIA+ 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.

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”.

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Our Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion

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.

How LGBTQIA+ Laws Affect Your Home Ownership Rights - FAQ

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.

How LGBTQIA+ 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 LGBTQIA+ 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 LGBTQIA+ Client Services Division; Licensed Real Estate Managing Broker

How has the ability of LGBTQIA+ 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 LGBTQIA+ 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?

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 LGBTQIA+ 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