For the first time, women are having more babies in their 30s than they are in their 20s. This shift, which Psychology Today attributes to a “priority for higher education and career success,” means that couples are living as DINKs (dual income with no kids) longer.
One of your biggest advantages as a DINK couple is financial. Like many dual-income, no-kids couples, you may plan to have children eventually, but are delaying that $233,610 investment that CNN Money estimates it costs to raise a child. This makes it a lot easier for you to save and invest for purchases, such as a home.
There are several reasons why purchasing a house is a good decision for DINKs:
- Tax Savings
Since dual-income, no-kids couples typically have a higher average income level, they often fall into a higher tax bracket and, without children, have fewer deductions. Owning a home helps offset this expense by providing much-needed tax breaks.
- Location Freedom
DINKs who are not planning to have children in the next five years, which according to CNBC is the number of years you should plan to stay in a home before selling, have more freedom in choosing a location to buy. Without the need for schools, daycares, and other kid-related places, you can choose to buy a home based on its proximity to work, the airport, friends, or any personal activities you may enjoy.
- Ease of Moving
When a move just involves two adults, and maybe a pet or two, there is ultimately less to worry about. There is no need to think about the impact that changing schools and leaving friends will have on children or about finding a new pediatrician or daycare. Plus, it is easier to pack without little ones underfoot, not to mention there being a lot less items to move.
When deciding to buy a home, you should always think about your life five or ten years down the line, especially if you want to live in your home for more than five years. It might be a good idea to purchase a house with a couple of extra bedrooms and bathrooms, just in case children enter the picture. In the meantime, having extra bedrooms doesn’t mean they need to be used for sleeping. Until kids come along, these areas can be used for meditation, yoga, painting, an office, or even storage.
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