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Home-ownership: Requirement for dating?

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To buy or to rent? Could it determine whether or not you get the girl?

"I would say, hands down, buy," said Deborah McCarthy.

"In my case, I could kinda care less," offered Abby Robinson.

"Someone that buys," said Tina Marsh.

Men like Freddie Mason are taking notes. He said being a homeowner was a valuable asset when he first met his girlfriend.

"She saw that I had a certain level of maturity, that I was looking to better myself and that I had something to offer so she saw that I had the building blocks for a good foundation."

Freddie's realtor Candra says it's one of the first questions on her mind when she dates someone.

"Does he have his home, whether it's rent or his own, versus does he live with his mom," she laughed. "That's happening a lot these days."

Only five percent of women say they'll date a man that lives with his parents. Yet, with a tough economy, matchmaker Nancy Wall says women should be a little more open minded.

"I don't think it's so much renting or owning. I think it's the reasoning, the rationale behind why you're doing what you're doing and making sure you have a plan," she said.

She added that the question of rent or own can go both ways.

"Five years ago, everyone was buying and maybe that didn't turn out to be such a great decision," she said.

So, renting may not be such a bad thing after all.

"A lot of people are rebuilding credit and rebuilding their ability to buy something, so they're renting while they do that, in fact a lot of people that live near me are doing that," Tina said.

Men like Ben Lee said it's no secret what women really want.

"I got engaged after I bought my house, so that's why she likes me," he said, with a smile.

However, this generation may not have the luxury of making that choice.

That's fine with folks like Abby, who said, "As long as he's responsible with whatever goals he has, then that's what's important."

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