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How Your Housing Situation Affects Your Love Life

Blake Rickels

Knoxville, TN. It’s my home...

Knoxville, TN. It’s my home...

Feb 25 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.

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.

Find "The One"

Take the first step towards being "marriage material".

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