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Redfin Real Estate Agents Reveal How to Avoid a Breakup While House Hunting

Redfin (www.redfin.com), the technology-powered real estate brokerage, today released an entertaining list of Five Ways to Lose Your Mate Over Real Estate, including ten things to not do when shopping for a home with your significant other. The list is broken down into five things men should avoid and five things women should avoid when starting the homebuying process with a partner. Just in time for Valentine's Day, the list was compiled by Redfin agents across the nation and is based upon their own experiences helping thousands of couples find their future homes. Here is the complete list:

For the Guys, How to Lose Your Gal:

1. Casually mention you’re not ready to buy a home yet because you have a hard time committing to anything long-term.

2. Tell your Redfin agent, in front of your special lady, that you don’t need that extra room for kids because you don’t plan on having any, just FYI.

3. Make all home purchasing decisions based on what your bros will think. Man cave? Phssst…man floor!

4. Insist on custom shelving units for your action figure collection. Yes you do need all 100 Darth Vader models.

5. Announce very firmly that you are repainting the walls of your new home the colors of your college football team. Interior and exterior.

Hey Ladies, Don’t Try this at Home:

1. After your first date, set up Instant Updates on Redfin to notify him about your favorite homes listed at a minimum of one. million. dollars.

2. For your second date night, he suggests his favorite Italian restaurant. You decide instead to take him on a home tour. No biggie.

3. While watching a movie at his place, he asks what you are tinkering with. Your response: “Oh just baby-proofing your apartment since there aren’t that many homes for sale and my biological clock is a tickin’!”

4. Insist on bringing your Mom on all home tours, and together veto all of his opinions.

5. Tell him you need a second master suite for when your parents move in. Maybe a direct intercom too, since your Dad is a little hard of hearing.

Relationship Expert Andrea Syrtash, co-host of the “Life Story Project” on OWN, and author of several books including “He’s Just Not Your Type, (And That’s a Good Thing),” also offers some proactive advice on things to take into consideration when shopping for a home with a significant other:

  • Do know when it’s time to buy a place together. Like any big step, this should be communicated and not assumed!
  • Do figure out your neighborhood deal breakers and make sure they aren’t relationship deal breakers. Can’t stand having to drive somewhere for a cup of coffee? Need extreme quiet and access to nature? In a relationship, your values should be aligned so you’re both happy at home.
  • Do compromise. Once you settle on a desirable area, you’re each going to have your own idea of what you want the home to have. A tool shed! An extra large walk-in closet! (Or is that just me?!) You’re also partners, so find a way to meet in the middle. The rule in a relationship is that if it really matters to one, it matters.
  • Do use technology to connect. If one of you can’t go to an open house because of scheduling issues, enable Skype video chat on your smartphone or tablet so you can explore a prospective new home together. Just because you both can’t physically be there, it doesn’t mean you can’t share the experience.

Redfin real estate agents have seen what can go wrong when couples don’t follow this advice, from a couple who broke up on a home tour, to a nasty divorce argument that took place during a consultation. It’s important for all couples to discuss these issues long before starting their home search. For the full post and images, visit the Redfin Blog.

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Redfin (www.redfin.com) is a technology-powered real estate broker that represents people buying and selling homes. Founded and run by technologists, Redfin has a team of experienced, full-service real estate agents who are advocates, not sales-people, earning customer-satisfaction bonuses, not commissions. Redfin.com features all the broker-listed homes for sale, as well as for-sale-by-owner properties that don't pay brokers a commission. Redfin also offers online tools that make the entire process of buying or selling a home easier and more fun. The company serves 22 U.S. markets and has closed more than $13 billion in home sales. In 2012, Redfin was named one of The DIGITAL 100: World's Most Valuable Private Tech Companies by Business Insider.

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