Owning individual homes before geting married

posted 2 years ago in Home
  • poll: You both own homes.. what did you do?
    One of us rented our home and we moved into the other home together : (13 votes)
    72 %
    After getting married we lived separately for a while until we figured things out : (0 votes)
    One of us sold our home before we got married : (2 votes)
    11 %
    Other, please explain : (3 votes)
    17 %
  • Post # 2
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    1287 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    MrsWe:  When we met, we were both home owners.  About 1.5 years into dating, we decided it was silly to keep both homes, because we spent all of our nights pretty much together AND were ready to take the next step.  We decided to sell mine, as his was bigger (room to grow), and a better location.  I put mine on the market in July, and it sold in December.  I moved in at the end of January, and he proposed that June.  We were married 11 months later.  

    We did all of this before marriage, even before an engagement, but it worked out really well.  We saved a ton of money, and got to figure out the whole ‘live together’ situation. No matter what point anyone is at in a relationship, I would recommend choosing a home, and selling the other one…when you are both ready!

    Post # 4
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    681 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    We both owned homes when we met, DH lived on his own and my parents lived with me in the house I owned. After dating for 2+ years, I moved into his house and my parents continue to live in the house I own. Our goal in the next year though is to lease this house out and buy another house for us to live in. 

    Post # 5
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    3718 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    We rented out my condo and I moved in to his house (much bigger). it’s been over two years and that’s still what we’re doing. Although we are toying with selling both now that the market has improved enough and buying a new place. 

    Post # 6
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    202 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    We both owned condos seperately when we met.  Mine was apartment style, and his was a townhouse.  We talked about which place we’d rather wind up in, and although mine was nicer and in a better area, his was bigger and better suited to starting a family.  I put mine on the market, and it sold about 4 months prior to us getting engaged.

    I wasn’t ready to move in with him (we both have religious backgrounds that frown on that, and didn’t want to rock the boat with our families), so I rented a place from then until a month before the wedding (14 months later).

    His place became our place, but we’re keeping our eyes out for an acerage, and will be able to move on that once he’s in a better work situation.

    Post # 7
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    263 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    I wouldn’t have sold mine before the engagement and I couldn’t have dealt with selling while planning a wedding.  He kept his for a bit after moving in on a trial and eventually got rid of it when things went really well.   He had more faith than me!

    Post # 8
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    221 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    My DH and I each owned our own homes. We each sold our homes and then bought a new one together since we could afford a better home. I renovated my kitchen and bathrooms before selling so his sold first, he moved into my house and then mine sold about 7 months later and we bought a new house immediately after. We did all this before the wedding so we were all moved in and settled when the wedding stresses cropped up.

    Post # 9
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    364 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    My DH and I both own homes.  We live in his and rent mine out.  The market has not recovered enough for starter homes in our area (we both bought at the top of the housing market), so we will be doing this for quite some time I am sure!

    Post # 10
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    1248 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    We both owned when we met ( I had just bought a few months before). After 1.5 years we moved in together and he decided to sell his rather than rent it out. He put the profit he made into a term deposit for 12 months and then after that put it into my mortgage offset account. we got engaged 2 years after moving in together and married a year and a bit after that. We joined all our finances before gerring engaged though – we took moving in together as saying that we were in this forever.

    Post # 11
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    227 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2015 - Industrial/Modern

    I owned my own home when I started dating my fiance. I lived in Florida at the time and he is in Canada. I recently sold my home and moved to Canada to be with him we purchased a house up here together. 

    Post # 13
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    917 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    I owned a townhome, and he bought a single family home before we got engaged with the intention of us living there. (My townhouse would have been cramped quarters for us and 2 dogs and would have meant a terrible commute for him. Plus, we’d have to move before having kids anyway.) After the wedding, we renovated my place with the intent to rent it out until the market recovers, but the HOA fought us every step of the way. One year after the wedding, we are waiting to finalize a short sale of my place and finally be rid of it.

    Post # 14
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    517 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2015

    I moved into my boyfriends house last year and I’ve been renting out mine since then. It’s worked out really well and I’ve been able to pay off all my credit card debt because of it! We’re thinking of staying in his house for a couple more years (we’re planning to get married next summer), selling it, and then move back into my house. This house has more equity and we can make more of a profit than if we sold my house. Hopefully it’ll all work out. 

    Post # 15
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    2661 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    We both own homes.  Right now, we are remodeling mine and living in his.  Once the remodel is complete, we will move into mine and rent his for a couple years.  Then we will sell his.

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