Get married first or buy a house first?

posted 3 years ago in Finances
  • poll: Get married first or buy a house first?

    Got married before buying a house together

    Bought a house together after getting married


  • Post # 2
    656 posts
    Busy bee

    Your 2 poll questions say the same thing, both are buying a house after getting married 🙂

    We bought a house before getting married. We knew we were going to get married, but had the money for a down payment and the housing market in our area goes up SO quickly. We just wanted to get in the market! Our condo went up in value by 150k in just 1.5 years… So i’m glad we didnt wait!

    Post # 3
    459 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2017

    Your poll answers are both the same, but we bought our house a few months before the wedding. Both are big legal commitments… I personally wouldn’t have been comfortable if we hadn’t been engaged. We both owned our own homes when we met. I sold mine when I moved in with him before we got engaged, and we sold his when we bought this one together. 

    Post # 4
    169 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    We got married first and then bought a house. It worked out well. 

    Post # 5
    195 posts
    Blushing bee

    House first, then marriage

    Post # 6
    584 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: January 2017

    Depends on your housing market I think. We got married a year ago and now that we’re house hunting I’m sort of wishing we did it the other way around. Houses have gone up by about $150k since we got engaged 🙁 That being said we were able to have a more lavish wedding and honeymoon than we would have had if we already had a mortgage. 

    Post # 7
    1890 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2017 - Pearson Convention Centre

    We bought a house 6 months before we got married and we moved in one month after we got married.

    Post # 8
    1576 posts
    Bumble bee

    We are probably never going to be able to afford a house in our area so getting married first, house maybe/never. 

    Post # 9
    4033 posts
    Honey bee

    I bought the home we lived in before we got married.

    Post # 10
    9319 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

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    oneinamillion :  I bought the house first and then we got married. I was sick of renting but I also wasn’t buying property with someone before marriage!

    Post # 11
    42 posts
    • Wedding: June 2018

    We just bought a house about 4 months before the wedding. Granted this was not exactly the plan. We were planning to just start looking before the wedding to get a better idea of the market, but like others have said the housing market in our area is crazy so we decided to jump on it sooner rather than later. 

    It has made these few months a bit more stressful, but it’s so worth it to have our place, which has already gone up in value in the past month lol.

    I agree that a lot depends on the market. We could have been happily renting for a few more years if it weren’t for the rising house prices. And I also echo whoever said that I wouldn’t have bought the house if we weren’t engaged. Going through this process has made me feel very much married already haha.

    Post # 13
    564 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2016

    Bought a house, engaged 2 years after that, married a year after engagement 

    Post # 14
    15348 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Engaged, bought house few months later, married almost a year later.

    Post # 15
    3231 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 2017

    He bought our house prior to our relationship. We paid it off prior to our wedding. 

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