I call this the "One-Plus-One Home Ownership Solution."
Now, I know this is a radical idea. In the past, I've lobbied against going Dutch because of the potential problems. But I'm a realist. Many of you face being shut out of homeownership if you stay solo. And while doubling up does have possible pitfalls, if you and your housing pal craft a careful contract together, you can become successful homeowners—and keep your friendship.
Join forces with a friend, but be smart, too