Husband realtor crew, Central Florida Dwelling Boys, promotes LGBTQ+ homeownership


ORLANDO, Fla. – With homeownership charges among the many LGBTQ+ group beneath the overall inhabitants, a Central Florida realtor crew is working to vary that.

From dancing via listings to shimmying at closings, Shawn Layton and Jimmy Hendrickson are the husband realtor crew of the Central Florida Dwelling Boys. They’re making their mark on the Central Florida housing market.

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“I’m somewhat bit extra extroverted and he’s extra introverted and I feel the stability, the yin and the yang, work out in our favor in life and in enterprise,” Layton mentioned.

The husband crew began their actual property enterprise virtually 5 years in the past. They mentioned they each left comfy careers to grow to be realtors.

“We did it and by no means regarded again,” Layton mentioned.

They use social media and their iconic wood bowties to face out among the many 1000’s of realtors in Orlando with their canine and mascot, Kira, by their aspect.

Layton and Hendrickson mentioned they discovered success by simply being themselves.

“We’re sincere with one another and everybody else. We promote and encourage identical intercourse {couples} within the LGBTQ+ group,” Layton mentioned.

Layton and Hendrickson mentioned that’s the most rewarding a part of the job. They mentioned half of their purchasers establish as LGBTQ+, with many members of the group shifting to Orlando yearly as a result of the town is inclusive and accepting.

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Layton mentioned they perceive their purchasers’ wants.

“They do look to us for that security and safety, that’s actually why they give the impression of being to us,” he mentioned.

The husband crew additionally function presidents of the LGBTQ+ Actual Property Alliance Orlando chapter. It’s a nationwide nonprofit that brings the group and allies collectively to advertise honest housing throughout the nation.

They mentioned the LGBTQ+ group faces challenges identical to anybody coming into the aggressive housing market.

“I feel homeownership is essential to anybody within the LGBTQ+ group for a similar causes it’s essential to anyone for proudly owning a house. All people desires that feeling of residence,” Hendrickson mentioned.

However the charge of homeownership among the many LGBTQ group is decrease than the overall inhabitants, 49% in comparison with 64%, in line with the nonprofit.

“Whereas we reside in a really inclusive space, the struggles and challenges that different individuals face within the LGBTQ+ group nationwide are completely different, which is why we get lots of people shifting right here as a result of they need to be in a extra included space,” Layton mentioned.

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As they proceed to advertise homeownership among the many LGBTQ+ group, Layton and Hendrickson mentioned they are going to preserve dancing and shimmying to make every residence shopping for or promoting expertise for his or her purchasers a memorable one.

“A whole lot of them have come to us now to anticipating to shimmy on the closing desk and so they’re tremendous enthusiastic about it,” Layton mentioned.

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