A lot of legal documents are required at closing, but a marriage certificate isn’t one of them. The person sitting next to you at closing could be your best friend, your cousin, or even someone you might marry down the road.

1.  Make sure lifestyles and goals match.

2.  Share financial information. You have to be honest with each other.

3.  Create an exit strategy - what if this doesn’t work out?

4.  Find an experienced agent.

5.  Work with a contract lawyer.

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