First comes a mortgage, then comes marriage, then comes—wait a minute, that’s not how the song goes. But it’s the path a lot of couples are taking these days. Just recently, a couple I’m friends with who aren’t yet engaged announced that they closed on a house. And that’s actually the third couple I know who’s done that. I guess they wanted to pop the housing market bubble before popping a big question. I don’t see anything wrong with it, but it’s just an interesting departure from the traditional way of doing things. To be honest, my boyfriend and I have had much longer discussions about buying a home—where to buy, when to buy, how much we have to put down, whether or not our parents would be cosigners, and whether we’d favor a large lot in a bad neighborhood over a small place in a posh neighborhood—than we have ever had about getting married. There’s this phenomenon of couples buying homes before getting engaged, so I started talking to some to find out what it’s all about.
Buying property is a big(ger?) commitment
Many couples feel that buying a house is actually a bigger commitment and that’s how they’d like to show their devotion to one another. Maybe they have a point: two people are certainly legally bound together if they own property together. Walking away from that is no easy task.