housing

House Democrats seek to expand housing protections to LGBT people

House Democrats seek to expand housing protections to LGBT people

Democrats on Capitol Hill are seeking to extinguish LGBT housing discrimination with legislation introduced today that would amend a key provision of the Civil Rights Act.

Introduced by Reps. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) and John Conyers (D-Mich.) in the House of Representatives and Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) in the Senate, the Housing Opportunities Made Equal (HOME) Act would amend the Fair Housing Act to prohibit discrimination in the sale or rental of housing, the financing of housing and in brokerage services on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, source of income or marital status.  Read more »

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Same-Sex Couples Face Significant Housing Discrimination, Historic Government Study Says

WASHINGTON -- Same-sex couples face significant levels of discrimination in the rental housing market, according to a landmark government study released on Tuesday.

The new survey by the Department of Housing and Urban Development is the first-ever study examining housing discrimination against same-sex couples at the national level.

HUD found that same-sex couples were "significantly less likely than heterosexual couples to get favorable responses to e-mail inquiries about electronically advertised rental housing." In fact, heterosexual couples were favored over gay male couples in 15.9 percent of the tests, and over lesbian couples in 15.6 percent. Read more »

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Obama Circumvents Gridlocked Congress To Advance LGBT Rights

Obama Circumvents Gridlocked Congress To Advance LGBT Rights

Don't expect any landmark gay rights bills in the 113th Congress. The GOP-controlled House of Representatives continues to use taxpayer money to uphold a law barring federal recognition of same-sex marriage, and even smaller provisions often meet with stiff resistance.

But in the meantime, the Obama administration has been advancing LGBT equality by using its executive authority in federal agencies. Working within existing law, Cabinet secretaries have searched for ways to ensure that gay men and women receive equal rights through regulatory changes. Read more »

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How to Improve Your Swing

For those looking to relieve some pressure from the uncertainty of when to swing their buy-it-now bat and make contact with the house-ball, the number of listings  are creeping up again, wouldn't you know it. (See the brown line in the "Monthly Average Sales Price" chart below).

Price ChartWhy is that, you ask?

Many people who bought prior to 2005 are more comfortable selling now. And investors who bought those record low prices between 2009 and 2011 have renovated and are now selling. This means a little less pressure. Read more »

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