Third of couples head for home before aisle

Nearly a third of couples are choosing to buy a home together as a sign of their commitment rather than get married, a survey suggested today.

Three out of 10 people said buying a property with their partner would remove the pressure on them to get married, or at least enable them to delay tying the knot, according to the Post Office.

More than half also said they would consider buying a property with their other half before they got married, rising to 67% among couples currently renting together.

With the average mortgage standing at around £150,000 and repaid over 25 years, it is unsurprising many couples consider buying a home a significant sign of commitment.

But the research found there had been a generational shift in attitudes, with 66% of people aged over 55 saying they thought marriage was a greater commitment than buying a home, compared with just 50% aged under 34.

Only one in five people said they would follow the traditional approach and delay buying a home together until after they were married.

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