Compromise 101: Buying a Home With Your Spouse

Compromise is key to a successful relationship. But that doesn’t mean it’s easy, especially when it comes to buying a home with your spouse or partner. How do you strike a balance between each person’s needs and wants?

To begin with, start with a plan. Have a frank conversation about what each person wants and needs: Detached or townhome? New build or old? What neighborhood? How much of a down payment? Work through these questions and put together a list of what you must have, and what your deal breakers are.

Look through home magazines together and watch real estate shows. Knowing each other’s taste will help during the search. But keep the focus on the way your home should function rather than d?or or room color. Changing these are easy; adding a bathroom is more difficult and costly.

Nail down the financial details before the search begins. Order your credit reports and check for inaccuracies. In some cases, you may not want to repair a negative. According to a recent Forbes article, check with a mortgage professional to find out whether you’ll do more harm than good paying off a debt.

Lenders will scrutinize both your scores. If one is significantly lower, it may affect your ability to get a mortgage. Don’t wait for the search process to begin before you start work to repair your credit.

The real test of compromise will start when the house hunt begins. Even if you stick to the must-have list, there will undoubtedly be homes that one partner loves; the other, not so much.

If you and your partner come to a standstill over a home, discuss why. Could some inexpensive changes make a difference?

Lastly, don’t let pressure to buy override your opinions or your partner’s. As this is the biggest purchase you’ll make, you both should be totally comfortable with it, whatever it takes.

Print Out Your Next Home in 20 Hours With a 3D Printer

Imagine building a custom home in less than a day using a 3D printer. Behrokh Khoshnevis, director of the graduate manufacturing engineering program at the University of Southern California, says it’s possible; soon you too can build a 2,500-square-foot residence in 20 hours using “contour crafting”, a 3D printing technique.

Contour crafting is an automated robotic building process that is stronger, faster, safer, cheaper, and more eco-friendly than manual construction, according to Khoshnevis. Using this process, a massive robotic printer lays out concrete and interlocking steel bars to build a structure and then “prints out” the plumbing, electrical networks, walls and flooring.

The technology allows for unprecedented architectural flexibility, so builders can create unusual design features or unique footprints. “The walls do not have to be linear; you can make them curved simply by changing a computer program,” Khoshnevis said in a TED Talk. As he recently told CBS News, the technology is highly affordable and so versatile that it can be used to build homes in slums or areas struck by natural disasters…even to construct human habitats on other planets.

Khoshnevis believes contour crafting will replace traditional building methods, making design and construction accessible and affordable for anyone.

With its myriad of applications, 3D printing will have a profound impact on virtually all industries. Currently, the construction industry is lagging behind, but for innovative architects, builders, and the real estate industry, technology such as contour crafting offers exciting possibilities.