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Real Estate Agent Markets Condos Geared to Gay Community

June 15, 1991

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ A real estate agent has launched an ad campaign aimed at convincing homosexuals to buy homes in a condominium project.

Real estate agent Lurton Lipscomb Jr. is running ads in Query, the city’s gay newspaper, for 60 to 100 condominiums. He is calling it the city’s first condominium complex geared toward homosexuals.

″I’ve only had a few calls so far. But they’ve been very positive,″ he said.

″I’ve been into low-income housing for a long time, and now a lot of other people are getting into it,″ said Lipscomb. ″Now I’m moving on. There’s always a new market opening up.″

The one- and two-bedroom condo units are priced from $35,000 to $41,000.

Given that housing laws prohibit discrimination, Lipscomb said he has no intention of turning away heterosexuals who wish to live in the complex.

″No one is trying to do that,″ said Lipscomb. ″But people also find a need to be part of a community, and I’m trying to do that.″

Jerry Kemp, Nashville Board of Realtors president, said the board believes in equal opportunity housing.

″We don’t single out in any one group,″ Kemp said.

He added, ″Real estate people have different groups they feel comfortable working with, and I don’t think it matters who buys them.″

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