Montclair has long been seen as a destination for families of all shapes and colors. Those of us who have raised children here know that our kids all have friends with two moms or two dads - as far as they're concerned, it's just another family. How heartening it is to think that soon that may become the sentiment in suburbs all across America.
The Supreme Court's ruling on gay marriage last week has far reaching implications in so many sectors, and real estate is certainly one of them. Making same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states makes it easier for LGBT couples to get approved loans as a couple - and in towns like Montclair, where lenders often need to see two incomes to qualify buyers, it can be a game changer.
My colleagues and I are so happy to finally be able to leave behind those particular obstacles for so many of our clients. Finding the right house for your family should be fun and exciting, not a series of hoops to jump through.
Will it be sad to one day wake up and realize that Montclair's inclusive nature is no longer its unique selling proposition - that towns everywhere have finally started to regard LGBT couples as just another family? No. It will be awesome!