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How Your Housing Situation Affects Your Love Life

Jessica Woodbeck

Jessica's track record of success started with negotiating IT Contracts with General Motors...

Jessica's track record of success started with negotiating IT Contracts with General Motors...

Feb 1 3 minutes read

In honor of Valentine’s Day coming up, we’ve put together the cold hard facts of whether your current living situation is putting a dent in your love life.  Does homeownership = marriage material? Are your roommates or parents affecting your romantic relationships? 

See if you should move before you make a move on your crush.

 Stats at a Glimpse


36%

of women prefer dates who own property



62%

prefer to date someone who lives alone


74%

 of renters are willing to consider living with their significant other in order to save money

5%

of unmarried adults would be open to dating someone who lived with their parents

Dealbreaker #1

Renting Instead of Owning?

Owning a home seems to be the traditional American dream, but it is not a dealbreaker. Almost two-thirds of adults in the U.S. said that owning a home did not have any significant advantage in terms of attracting more potential dates. 28% prefer someone who owns a home. However, 36% of women have a preference for dating someone who owns a home and only 19% of men prefer to date a homeowner.

 

Dealbreaker #2

Homeownership = Marriage Material?

Owning a home shows that you aren't afraid of commitment. But, being a homeowner doesn't necessarily mean that you are interested in or ready for marriage. According to the survey, 43% of unmarried adults in the U.S. said that owning a home is not an indication of someone's desire to be married or serious. However, millennials do have a higher percentage of equating homeownership to commitment and stability.

 

Dealbreaker #3

Having Roommates

As much fun as third wheeling is, 62% of those asked, said they would rather date someone who lives by themselves. You can also take location into consideration when deciding you're ready to make a move. Most men prefer to date women who live alone in a city and most women prefer to date men who live alone in the suburbs.

 

Dealbreaker #4

Living With Your Parents

Believe it or not, your prospective dates don't necessarily like that your mom still does your laundry. Although having your parents as roommates is a smart financial choice, it's the kiss of death when it comes to forming healthy romantic relationships.

 

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