Courtesy of Skandar MradSkandar Mrad, shown here on vacation in Italy, is looking for a home in the Los Angeles area.

Mrad prioritised location when he decided to buy his first home.

Mrad is a gay man who lives in the Los Angeles area and works at the NASA jet propulsion lab in Pasadena, California. He noticed a big improvement in his life when he moved closer to his job.

I just couldn't take that commute. Mrad saw that he was getting worse.

Mrad decided it was time to become a homeowner after his roommates left. He wanted to live within five miles of his work, but quickly realized it wasn't realistic.

There was a line of people outside of the open house. I didn't know what I was getting myself into.

He began looking for homes in a five-mile area and then expanded to 30 miles. Mortgage rates went up as the Federal Reserve started hiking its interest rate. Freddie Mac reported that the 30-year fixed rate mortgage jumped to 5.78 percent the week of June 16.

Changes have been made in what Mrad may have to pay. Mrad said he has seen the potential monthly payments on similar properties increase since he began his search.

The competition has been fierce. Mrad said he bid more than $600,000 for a property. There was a winning bid of $650,000.

I can't win here. Mrad said there was no way it could happen.

Many prospective home buyers share Mrad's frustration. Home prices went up as a result of the work-from- home boom.

The LGBTQ community is less likely to own a home due to the rapid rise in the cost of a home. First-time buyers have to pay the higher prices without getting a boost from the value of the existing property that they own.

According to the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law, more than half of the people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer own their own homes. The numbers are 70% and 75% for non- LGBT groups.

Historical data on home ownership rates by sexuality were not tracked by the Census Bureau, but surveys suggest that home ownership for couples and singles in the community has gone up since the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage. 12% of people who bought a home in 2021 were lesbian, gay, bisexual and queer, up from 7% in 2019.

Some real estate firms are trying to help this growing group with the homebuying process.

Ryan Weyandt, the CEO of the Alliance, said President Joe Biden's executive order that offered protections against discrimination on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation has boosted confidence for buyers. The community is at a disadvantage because of the home-ownership gap.

Weyandt said that it is unfortunate that we are likely to be disproportionately impacted by higher costs.

President Joe Biden signs executive orders in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, after his inauguration as the 46th President of the United States, U.S., January 20, 2021.

According to the Williams Institute, studies show that homeless people are more likely to be gay.

Housing instability and other forms of discrimination can lead to LGBTQ people falling behind financially and in school.

The ability to own a home in your 30s is impacted by an ugly connected line of dominoes that started when you were 16.

It can be difficult to buy a home in a community with a location. According to research from Zillow, homes that explicitly protect against discrimination can be more expensive than homes that don't.

Kristopher Houck said he is shopping for homes in the Los Angeles area with a friend because he wants to live in a more accepting area.

I couldn't relate to most of the people. I didn't feel like myself. There is a gay child. Houck said that he doesn't feel like he has to deal with it for the rest of his life.

There are some signs that the red hot housing market is cooling. Housing starts and mortgage applications have fallen recently.

The Federal Reserve hiked rates on Wednesday, which could make it harder for people to buy things.

Mrad said that his mother was willing to let him live with her, but her house was too far away from his job.

He said that it takes a minimum of two hours to visit his mother. I get there and I sit on the couch. I have no energy or desire to do anything. I can't imagine doing that every day.

Mrad wants to use his retirement savings to buy a duplex or work with his sister to buy one. His day-to-day search hasn't yet taken into account the possibility of a cooling off in the housing market.

I don't think that's true. There are still people waiting to look at open houses, even after looking at houses recently. Mrad said that the data is skewed if it is nationwide.