As traditional norms have given way in recent years, many couples have up-ended the usual progression of adult life. Instead of pursuing marriage before purchasing a home, now it can also happen the other way around.
Co-habitation in a rental space is nothing new, but some experts warn that even that, without a legal agreement in place, can be tricky.
As for purchasing a home, a real estate investment is a long term one, something that made sense in the context of a marriage partnership but, when and if a relationship ends, unwinding that investment can be complicated and contentious.
The Chicago Tribune has more on the trend with some great advice for potential buyers here.