Buying a House with Your Significant Other

If you’re considering buying a place with your boyfriend, girlfriend or significant other, you can take advantage of the great real estate deals that out there right now.  You might fall in love with a great house, but as sometimes happens, fall out of love with your honey.  Many couples don’t think ahead to this unfortunate outcome and are forced to sort out what they’re going to do with their house down the line.  If you’re married, there are plenty of California laws out there that will help protect you.  If you’re not, you won’t be so lucky.

In the event you’re ready to take the plunge, consider an agreement to document who is responsible for what and what you’ll do with the house if you split up.  Important things to consider are who will pay for things like the mortgage, property taxes, insurance and maintenance.  More importantly, you should consider how you can realistically afford to sell or maintain the property in the event you do split up.   Allowing for concrete time frames to secure new financing and allocating responsibility for who will take care of the payments when the house is still in both your names are the big issues.

If you’re looking to make a big purchase like this with someone, consider drafting an agreement to protect yourselves now and down the line.

To discuss real estate issues like this one, contact South Bay attorney Elena Rivkin Franz at (408) 940-5360 or