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Real Estate & Marriage

As more career-minded adults find love later in life, it isn’t uncommon for these two merging lives to have to figure out what to do with the homes their bringing into the marriage.  The most common solution is to sell one (or both) and find their perfect together home.  When thinking of this situation, you have several options to explore and we’ll explore a few of those options in this article.

Getting Married & Real EstateSell one home, live in the other home

Selling one home and living in the other often sounds the most reasonable – and often it is. Especially, if one of the homes meets all the requirements of the newlywed couple.

We’re not going to spend any time reinforcing the reasons to stay in a home as often the reasons for doing so do not require a list of reasons to do so. Selling a home, now that often requires some discussion.

First, you ought to recognize that regardless if you keep one home and sell the other, both people will need to do some major decluttering – two fully furnished, fully decorated, fully lived-in homes simply do not merge together within one of the preexisting living spaces. In fact, we’re not even talking about one person declutter by half and the other matching, we’re suggesting each person declutter by over 50%. Of course, this isn’t a hard fast rule, but generally speaking, people have a lot more stuff then they really recognize.

Sell both homes, buy a new house together

Selling both homes is often is the best option when neither home truly matches the needs and/or wants of the couple. When you think about it both homes often represent a time of different priorities, purchased around a different stage in life, and with entirely different needs in mind. Merging a household often requires a new understanding of future priorities, interests, and needs; hence the need for a new bigger or smaller home.

Selling both homes is often the best option when merging families that include children; it prevents one set of kids from feeling like their space has been invaded by another group of kids who feel like the invaders. Homes often come with a years of good (and bad) memories – moving on (literally) is way to build new memories with your spouse.

When selling both homes comes into view, establishing a comprehensive plan becomes necessary to simplify the process – talk with a REALTOR® to establish a game plan.