Getting a mortgage is the new getting married

Alex Johnson

a5ee21893d0dae40286b0c26e25b29702f2976bc Getting a mortgage is the new getting married

Couples are increasingly showing their commitment to each other not by walking down the aisle, but through buying a home together.

Research from law firm Slater & Gordon suggests that more than a third of young couples believe buying a house together is a way of ‘showing they were committed’ to the relationship, compared to the one in seven who said they thought buying a house with their partner was ‘romantic’.

One in five said they would be happy to buy a house with a partner they had only been involved with for less than 12 months and, rather worryingly, 12% said that buying a property was a way of getting some commitment from their other half.

Indeed, nearly 90% of the 1,500 questioned said they hadn’t discussed who was entitled to what should the relationship break down.

Amy Harris, family law solicitor at Slater & Gordon, said: “Cohabitation agreements have been around for years but recently we have seen more couples coming to us and asking about how they work. It is more difficult than ever to get on the housing ladder and it makes sense that two salaries will put you in a better financial position with regards to what you can afford.

“But investing in a property together can leave you financially vulnerable if things do go wrong. Many of the couples that are coming to us have seen their friend’s hard-earned savings wiped out after buying a house with the wrong person. A break up is hard enough without losing your home and the tens of thousands of pounds you have spent on it.”

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