The financial thread started by Ted (thank you, Ted Lee) prompted this thread. I did do a search but didn't come up with anything quite this specific. My girlfriend and I have been living together for a while. I'm often disgusted when writing out our "rent" check as I view it as money out the window. Yes, we have a nice two bedroom apartment to live in... but with no equity to show for it. At least, nothing but a lousy security deposit with some interest attached when we decide to move out. While saving for a down payment and reviewing credit reports, should the subject of marriage be brought up before the subject of buying a home together be brought up? I'm speaking from a practical standpoint. i.e., problems, insurance ordeals, mortgage complications by the two of us not being married. Is it a good idea for an unmarried couple to purchase property together? Does it work? I thought I read somewhere in the other financial thread that while it is possible to purchase property together, it's more likely we would qualify for a larger mortgage if we were married? Is that true? Scott.