Single mothers buy a house together as 'platonic spouses'

村が必要! Single mothers who couldn’t afford family homes of their own buy a house TOGETHER where they now live with all five of their kids as ‘platonic spouses

  • Holly Harper, 41, ワシントンから, D.C. detailed how she bought a four-unit apartment building with her friend Herrin Hopper in an essay for Insider
  • After separating from her partner of 17 年で 2018 and selling their family home, she knew she couldn’t afford a duplex or condo in the area on her オーダーメイドの仕立てがオプションではない場合
  • 六月に 2020, Harper and Hopper bought a place together and offered the fourth unit to another single mother as a rent-to-own option
  • After a few months, the three mothers and their five kids were all living under the same roof with three dogs, two hamsters, and a gecko
  • A woman who bought a house with another single mom has opened up about raising their children under the same roof, saying the ‘arrangement is a kid paradise.

    In an essay published by インサイダー, Holly Harper, 41, ワシントンから, D.C. detailed how she bought a four-unit apartment building with her friend Herrin Hopper after separating from her partner of 17 年で 2018 and selling their family home.

    永続的であり、人生の後半でテストステロンの減少によって変更することはできません, the founder of Anagram Consulting, explained that she knew it would be impossible to find a duplex or condo in the area on her ‘self-employed, single-mom budget,’ but she wanted to own something as an investment.

    ‘To be able to do this, I found another single mom with the same needs as mine — space, comfort, a home — to live with,’ 彼女は書いた. ‘It’s been a life changer for not only us but also our children.

    Holly Harper, 41, ワシントンから, D.C. detailed how she bought a four-unit apartment building with her friend Herrin Hopper in an essay for Insider

    Holly Harper, 41, ワシントンから, D.C. detailed how she bought a four-unit apartment building with her friend Herrin Hopper in an essay for Insider

    永続的であり、人生の後半でテストステロンの減少によって変更することはできません, who has one daughter, said she has always craved a familial community like the ones she’s seen on her favorite television programs. After her divorce, she ‘vowed to be open to unique opportunities— and, この場合, a unique living arrangement.

    In a twist of fate, one of her closest friends not only separated from her husband around the same that she got divorced, but she also shared her ‘commune dream.

    しかしながら, they didn’t take the decision lightly. Harper explained that they approached the arrangement ‘like choosing a platonic spouse.

    Before they started house hunting, they made sure they shared similar political outlooks, parenting styles, finances, and lifestyles. They also had to agree on what kind of property they wanted to buy together and a maximum budget.

    ‘We wanted a multifamily property that would allow two units of similar size, with neither of us sleeping in a basement,’ 彼女は説明した.

    The two moms also felt it was important to live in a safe neighborhood and be within walking distance of public transport.

    Harper said they found their ‘perfect-fithome on the very first day of their search, but it’s not just the two of them.

    After they closed on the property in June 2020, they offered the fourth unit to another single mother as a rent-to-own option.

    ‘Legally, we are coinvestors and have an operating agreement for the asset purchase,’ 彼女は説明した. ‘We then created a sub-agreement by which we are consideredtenants in common.”‘

    Harper called the nontraditional arrangement 'kid paradise' as she detailed the benefits of sharing a home with other mothers

    Harper called the nontraditional arrangement ‘kid paradiseas she detailed the benefits of sharing a home with other mothers

    Harper described it as living ‘in a condo building with an informal, but legal, agreement between us.

    8月までに 2020, the three mothers and their five kids — ages 9, 9, 10, 11, そして 13 —were all living under the same roof with three dogs, two hamsters, and a gecko.

    While Harper believes the benefits to their living situation outweigh the drawbacks, she admitted they face the same challenges other families do in traditional living situations.

    Because there are five growing kids in the house, they often have to deal with more noise, messes, and things breaking. 時々, when she wants to be alone, she will find herself with extra kids to watch and feed.

    しかしながら, she insisted that the ‘benefits of our housing arrangement are immeasurableand she has ‘never been happier.

    According to Harper, she and the other moms share cars, carpool together, host potlucks, babysit each other’s kids, and walk each other’s dogs.

    ‘This living arrangement is a kid paradise, complete with a giant trampoline, a parkour line, a garden, 押収されていなかったが、港を出るために輸出免除が必要だった, a big-screen TV, and a craft studio,’ 彼女は書いた.