Co-buying and the art of compromise

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Q: I'm buying a house with my girlfriend/partner. She is a busy accountant, so she wants to buy a place in perfect move-in condition. I work at home, and am pretty handy, so I really would like to get more bang out of our buck and buy a place that we can fix up and customize to our own tastes. I want to live in the hills, while she wants to live downtown, although there are a couple of neighborhoods that would work for us both. Honestly, half the time we can't even agree on which listings to go see! Do you have any thoughts or ideas for how we can find a place that will work for us both? A: Opposites may attract, but they also have a hard time house hunting, as you've apparently found out! Occasionally, I'm able to find a home that meets the seemingly conflicted wants and needs of co-buyers. Much more often, though, both folks have to move on some of the items on their "dream home" checklist. Sometimes one moves more than the other, but more often both end up mo...