I was 18 and so was my English man.
We’re sitting in the 6th-Form Common Room talking about the future in a casual ‘we’re going to be famous rockstars’ kind of way.
All of a sudden, he drops the H-bomb.
When you’re 18 and your man starts talking about buying a house, it’s easy to see it as a ‘planning for our forever together’ type of situation. But keep in mind that it could also be an ‘I’ve wanted to buy a house since I was in the womb’ type of situation.
Once you’ve started your own expat adventure, it will take you 1.6 seconds to see that it’s true. The English want – no MUST – own a house as soon as humanly possible. They emerge from adolescence yearning not for fame or fortune, but a MORTGAGE. They watch prime-time property porn like Location Location Location, House Doctor, and Grand Designs.
My frothing-at-the-house man and I did go on to get married (and, yes, buy a house) – but I don’t think he was imagining walking me down the aisle when he casually talking about mortgaging-up all those years ago. He was just being the lovely Brit that he is.
But expats BEWARE! Fear not the house-owning-desires of your English man! Fear the DIY that follows.