A Man’s House Sky-Rocketed in Value, and His Fiancée Insisted on Being Added to the Deed After Their Marriage, but the Man Refused

The man invested in a property several years before he met his fiancée. Now that they are soon to be married, she wants to have her name added to the house deed, but he wants to keep it to himself. Is he in the wrong?

The Couple Are Engaged

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The man explained, “She’s my fiancée right now but the argument we’re having is that once we’re married, she wants her name on the house deed.”

He Bought the House Himself

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Years ago, the man bought several acres of land. At the time, it was part of a ranch, surrounded by other ranches. He stated, “I built a small house on it and have lived in it ever since. Since it was originally part of a ranch, I did enough to legally keep it classified as a ranch so the property tax is extremely low.”

The Land Value Has Increased

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Since then, companies have moved into the neighboring city and the land value has increased. The surrounding houses in the area are worth up to several million dollars. He added, “My house is clearly the worst house around and I have no doubt it’s bringing the value of nearby houses down.”

The Couple Have Disagreed About Their Finances

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Since the couple became engaged, they began to discuss their finances in more detail. He explained, “She wants her name on the deed once we’re married because we’ll be sharing our lives. Alternatively, she wants me to sell the house and we purchase a house together. I don’t find either option attractive.”

Planning for the Future

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He explained, “In our state, whatever we bring to the marriage we take out. Since I will be bringing the house into the marriage, I can leave with it should things not work out. If I put her name on it, then she’ll get half.” Alternatively, if he sells the house, they wouldn’t be able to afford a property nearby and they would have to relocate further away from their jobs.

She Got Her Family Involved

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His wife has discussed the issue with her family who are on her side. He stated, “This weekend her father took me out to dinner to have a man-to-man talk. He told me that if we’re going to join our lives, we have to join everything.” 

He Clarified the Situation

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“Neither of us are rich. I bought the land at a very low price but now it’s worth 10 times as much. Even if I offer to sell half of it to her at its current value, there’s no way she can afford it. That’s why if we buy a house together, we’ll have to move far from here and our jobs in order to get one we can both afford.”

The Man Has Tried to Compromise

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“My compromise is that we live in my house and I will pay all of the taxes, bills, and maintenance costs.” 

Is He in the Wrong?

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Is he wrong to refuse to add his fiancée’s name to the deed? How should he handle the situation?

He Turned to the Internet for Advice

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One user commented, “You’re not wrong, but neither is she. You have to find a compromise. That said, she made a HUGE mistake. By bringing her family into it and having her father personally “discuss” the issue with you, she showed that she doesn’t regard you as an equal partner.”

Another Shared Their Opinion

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“I strongly disagree that she deserves an investment in the house when he will remain paying for everything and basically funding their residential needs. This gives her an opportunity to save her own money for her future if things go wrong.”

Someone Else Commented

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“A prenuptial agreement is definitely called for. Do not give in to these demands about the deed. It’s your property, pure and simple.”

Another Shared Their Perspective

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“I see someone who is entering into a partnership with someone who already owns property and are worried they themselves won’t ever be able to own property and build up equity in a home because they are tied to a property they live in but can’t invest in.”

Someone Else Suggested

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“​​The fact is, if she isn’t planning on breaking up, she wouldn’t need to demand half. She’s planning for her future post-divorce life, you should do the same.”

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