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Purchasing real estate before marriage

By Terry Savage on June 26, 2019 | Wild Card

Our son and his fiancée want to buy a condo together now before their wedding in a year. Is that a good investment before they are married? Should it be purchased in both names?

Terry Says

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Basically, there are many discussions they must have before taking this big step.  They need to know how they will handle their finances in general, who will pay for what — and how much debt (student loans? credit cards?) each of them has.  The book has a template for that discussion.  Specifically, before buying a condo together they need to read each other’s credit report!

They should openly discuss how much money they have for a down payment, how they will afford the monthly fees in addition to the mortgage, and property taxes, and insurance.  I hope they have had an open discussion with each other before taking this big step.  And they should realize that if they use “joint tenancy” to title the property, if either dies then the other gets the whole thing.  I hope they will read the book before taking this step!



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