My partner had a goal: He wanted to be a homeowner by 30.
A natural at saving, he built up a down payment throughout his mid-20s. I, on the other hand, always struggled to save. That put us in very different financial positions when it came time to buy a house.
We were committed to sharing the road ahead, but without rings or legal documents tying us together, we wanted to take a smart approach. So we talked through our finances and took steps to protect our individual investments.
Our story is hardly uncommon for our generation. Nearly 25 . . .