By Don King | January 6th, 2011
You’ve met that special someone; you’ve dated for a period of time; and perhaps you’ve even flown off to New York (or Iowa or DC) and married. You’re now ready to begin your new life here in Virginia together – congratulations!
Knowing that, here in the Old Dominion, your license isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on, nothing says commitment more than a shared 30 year mortgage! Add to that the investment and tax advantages of purchasing a home – not to mention the security and privacy of owning your own home and buying just makes good sense.
Purchasing real estate is actually a fairly straightforward business transaction. But as with most things in our world today, there are intricacies that can make the process daunting and perhaps even a bit frustrating. Add to this situation being part of a legally and socially marginalized group who must take extra precautions to protect their property rights and the process becomes that much more complex.
By Michael Hamar | January 5th, 2012
A year ago today at approximately 2:20 PM I lost my wonderful mother. Not surprisingly, it will be a rough day today. I had lost my father in the fall of 2006 and at times I still find it hard to believe that they are both gone. They were certainly the glue that had held the family together and that void has yet to be filled. I have spoken often about how lucky I was compared to so many to have parents who never flinched from fully supporting me when I came out to them in August, 2002. Their love and constant affirmation are one of the things that helped me survive the often horrible coming out journey. In their honor - and in honor of Hampton Roads Business OutReach ("HRBOR") I used a not insignificant part of my inheritance to endow a scholarship through the Hampton Roads Community Foundation which is described as follows on the Foundation's website:
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