Home purchase a bigger step than marriage, say experts

According to research by American Express, six million couples across the globe celebrated getting engaged yesterday, choosing the most romantic day of the year to show their commitment to each other.

However, Zoopla reckon that commitment isn’t about a diamond ring any more, its more about bricks and mortar. Research has revealed that 40% of Brits believe that taking out a joint mortgage is a bigger commitment than getting married.

Apparently, the average UK couple is together for three years, three months and 12 days before they think about taking the plunge into property ownership, with women traditionally taking the lead when it comes to choosing a home – only 30% of men felt confident in choosing a perfect property, compared to 40% of women.

It seems we trust our partners to choose what’s right for us too. Two two-thirds of men would trust their partner to view a property without them, with around a third happy for their other half to put an offer in even before they had seen the home! This is a stark contrast to female house hunters, only 46% of whom would be happy to let their partners shop for property without them.

It might be a wise move not to let the husband-to-be loose on a house hunt, the research also revealed that whilst 79% of men are happier to make compromises on their ideal home in order to meet their partner’s needs, they are also three times likely to blow their property.

Before you start your property search, sit down together and agree on the core elements of what you are looking for in a home. Key points to agree on include budget, location and the level of work - from a lick of paint to a complete renovation - you are willing to put in.

Lawrence Hall, spokesperson for Zoopla

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