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As important as the numbers are in the home-buying process, we can’t deny that it’s an emotional time as well. Your feelings will play a huge role in your choice of home. In fact, most of us know within the first few minutes of a visit if a home is “the one.”
All of that is great if your emotions are in tune with your spouse’s. But what happens when your heart says, “This is the home of my dreams!” and your spouse’s heart says, “Meh”?
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Don’t Think it Can’t Happen
While men and women find some of the same home features important, they can have vastly different ideas about what makes a home irresistible.
A survey of men and women homebuyers shows women fall hard for a glamorous master bath, spacious walk-in closets and a gourmet kitchen. Men like a nice master bath as well, but when it comes to closets, kitchens and decks, they’re pretty much all the same to the guys.
For more than 40% of guys, a home theater made their hearts go pitter-pat. Only 28% of women found such a room a turn-on.
Battles That Bring You Closer
Knowing that these issues could crop up will help you and your spouse ride this emotional rollercoaster without losing your cool. You could even use your house-hunting adventure as an opportunity to grow closer with these tips:
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- Wait at least a year after the honeymoon. You’ll have enough to navigate in the first year of marriage without adding the stress of shopping for a new home. Give it a year and get to know each other as husband and wife before you take on a home purchase.
- Decide what you need vs. what you want. Each of you will look at a home with different priorities based on your childhood homes and your visions of your dream home. Discuss those priorities before you start viewing homes so there are fewer surprises.
- Keep the future in mind. Talk about your future plans for your careers and family. What kind of home and what location will fit best with those plans?
Like most couples, you may find that buying a home together will strengthen your relationship more than any other purchase you’ll make.
Keep It Simple With an Agent’s AdviceThis will be one of the biggest, and most complicated, purchases you’ll make as a couple. A real estate agent can simplify things by answering your questions and helping you find homes you and your spouse both agree on.
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