Courteous Home Service

Whether settling down to start a family, putting down roots in a great location or simply expanding one's space, home ownership can be a thrilling part of anyone's life regardless of their reasons. However, it's an unfortunate reality that LGBTQ people often must take extra care to ensure that the place in which they choose to settle down is affirming of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

By |2019-09-19T13:06:28-04:00September 18th, 2019|Guides, Home|

Lesbian-Owned Ann Arbor Real Estate Investment Company Blends Tech With Tradition

Though real estate can make for a great investment, it's not always easy to start building a robust portfolio. Like many other real estate investment firms, Jeddo Corp seeks to help clients develop one, however, its methodology is unique: artificial intelligence. A wife and wife team based out of both Ann Arbor and the San Francisco Bay Area, Nada and Sabra Djomehri saw an opportunity for their business to blend both of their specialties.

By |2019-09-18T15:28:50-04:00September 18th, 2019|Guides, Home|

Detroit Builds Cooperatively

Littered with historic architecture, it's not difficult to find shining examples of craftsmanship from the 19th and early 20th centuries in Detroit neighborhoods like Midtown, Indian Village or Boston-Edison. Even outside of specifically historical spots, [...]

By |2019-07-18T12:35:45-04:00May 1st, 2019|Guides, Home|

How The Best Landlords and Tenants Do It

As more rental properties appear across Michigan it is more important than ever to keep the tenants in your rental properties happy, comfortable and, most importantly, in place. Your favorite tenants are probably the ones who care for your property and pay their rent on time and possibly may just have the means to purchase and move away from your investment.

By |2019-05-01T16:01:31-04:00May 1st, 2019|Guides, Home|

IKEA Introduces ThisAbles Project

With the help of 3D printers, IKEA is making furniture better for people living with disabilities. The project, dubbed ThisAbles, started off in the IKEA store with a hackathon of product engineers and disabled people [...]

By |2019-05-01T15:53:04-04:00May 1st, 2019|Guides, Home|

Close Quarters

If Alexander Weyer had to put a postmark on when he decided to build a tiny home, he’d guess it started about three years ago just as most of his thoughts begin: under the stars. Weyer, an openly gay practicing astrologer and herbalist, was visiting a friend one night in Detroit, thinking about life’s grand design and how freeing it would be to downsize.

By |2018-10-03T18:51:03-04:00October 3rd, 2018|Guides, Home|

Local Domestic Violence Group Turns a ‘House into a Home’

The group is called Phoemale and, for anyone wondering, is pronounced just like the word "female." The unique spelling represents the words “phoenix” and “female” combined and the group celebrates women rising from the ashes. More specifically, Phoemale is a non-profit organization that enables women to empower fellow women in Metro Detroit who are rebuilding their lives after overcoming domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking or homelessness.

By |2018-10-03T20:08:46-04:00October 3rd, 2018|Guides, Home|

LGBTQ Rent Versus Own: Does Marriage Matter?

It has been more than three years since the Supreme Court ruled in favor of marriage equality, paving the way for the continued increase of LGBTQ married couples purchasing homes, according to the National Association of Gay and Lesbian Real Estate Professionals’ second annual LGBT Real Estate Report. NAGLREP, with more than 2,000 members, is one of the nation’s largest LGBTQ trade associations.

By |2018-10-03T19:02:53-04:00October 3rd, 2018|Guides, Home|

50 Years and Counting

Lack of LGBTQ Protections in Fair Housing Act Leave LGBTQ Residents Vulnerable Finding a good location, comparing rent or mortgage prices and debating whether to use professional movers or getting a self-driven truck rental should [...]

By |2018-05-03T09:29:15-04:00May 1st, 2018|Guides, Home|

Home Guide 2018 News Hits

Hagopian Cleaning Services Adds Air Duct and Dryer Vent Cleaning Members of the community will begin to see new purple trucks on Michigan roads. Hagopian Cleaning Services, a Michigan company since 1939, is growing again. [...]

By |2018-05-01T13:50:02-04:00May 1st, 2018|Guides, Home|

#FoodPorn Stars to Follow on Instagram

BY EMELL DERRA ADOLPHUS Jared Peña on learning to throw the cookbook out the window Jared Peña likes to cook from cultural experience. He's traveled to more than 50 countries, including India, Peru, Thailand, Burma, [...]

By |2016-11-03T09:00:00-04:00November 3rd, 2016|Guides, Home|

Traveling to a Home Around the World

BY AJ TRAGER When Ken Russell, a London native, spent a summer in San Francisco a little over a decade ago, the experience of exploring the city and spending time with a talented drag queen [...]

By |2016-05-05T09:00:00-04:00May 5th, 2016|Guides, Home|

Making Detroit Feel More Like Home

BY AJ TRAGER Founder of the Heidelberg Project Tyree Guyton (center) with some of the many volunteers who donate their time and energy to cleaning up Heidelberg Street. Photo by Geronimo Patton. DETROIT - [...]

By |2016-05-05T09:00:00-04:00May 5th, 2016|Guides, Home|


By Emell Derra Adolphus John Corvino and Mark Lock have been proud residents of Sherwood Forest since 2002. BTL photo: Andrew Potter For Kari Kildow, the city of Ferndale has come to mean family. [...]

By |2016-05-05T09:00:00-04:00May 5th, 2016|Guides, Home|

House Into ‘Home’

BY EMELL DERRA ADOLPHUS While some houses may be sold on features alone (pool, garage, backyard), it takes a realtor to sell a "home," says Christopher Ayers of Shain Park Realtors in Birmingham. "A house [...]

By |2015-10-01T09:00:00-04:00October 1st, 2015|Guides, Home|

Moving Forward To Home Sweet Home

BY AJ TRAGER James and Teddy Washington recently moved to Brightmoor. While living at their previous home they faced constant harassment and threats and say that moving to the new place is like night and [...]

By |2015-10-01T09:00:00-04:00October 1st, 2015|Guides, Home|

The Beauty Of Natural Imperfections

BY AJ TRAGER Paul Hickman is the owner and founder of Urban Ashes, a unique furniture and frame manufacturer that employs Michigans transitional and disabled labor force to create frames and moulding from recycled and [...]

By |2015-10-01T09:00:00-04:00October 1st, 2015|Guides, Home|

Evergreen Antiques Offers Uniqueness

BY BTL STAFF Owner Jim Cyr and partner Cindy O'Flynn BERKLEY - Love of antiques and attention to unique value is reflected in the ever-changing inventory at Evergreen Antiques. Owner Jim Cyr has been in [...]

By |2015-10-01T09:00:00-04:00October 1st, 2015|Guides, Home|

Keepin’ Your House A Home

By Ed English Pictured: Darin Lenhardt. Photo by Andrew Potter Two worlds are about to collide! Moving in together can be a lot like sex - if done right, it feels and looks awesome; [...]

By |2015-05-07T09:00:00-04:00May 7th, 2015|Guides, Home|

The Mainstreaming Of Gayborhoods

In his new book, "There Goes the Gayborhood?," Amin Ghaziani explores whether queer-dominated neighborhoods are destined to disappear as LGBTs become more accepted into mainstream culture. Drawing on a wealth of evidence - including census [...]

By |2014-10-02T09:00:00-04:00October 2nd, 2014|Guides, Home|

Bradlys: Home Decor & More

By Jerome Stuart Nichols Bradly Rakowski, owner of Bradlys Home and Garden in Lansing. Photos courtesy of Bradly Rakowski Sometimes, it's just the threat of change that makes great ideas come to life. For [...]

By |2014-10-02T09:00:00-04:00October 2nd, 2014|Guides, Home|

Home Sweet Dorm

By Sarah Hunt No matter what "home" means to you, you can transform your dorm space from institutional to inviting with a modicum of effort and a whole lot of flair. Or even a moderate [...]

By |2014-10-02T09:00:00-04:00October 2nd, 2014|Guides, Home|