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Need Cash for a Down-Payment? Get Hitched

Many is the New York relationship that lasts too long, or moves too fast, because of the real-estate benefits. Why pay for two homes when you can pretend you love each other and pay for one? Now, according to the Post, more and more soon-to-be-wedded couples (as many as 12%, by one count) are taking the practice a step further by shaking down their guests for down-payment assistance in lieu of crystal or china. SunTrust Mortgage even offers a bridal mortgage registry of sorts, providing the marriers with cards they can send friends and family with instructions for contributing to the home fund. After all, nothing says "eternal love and commitment" like a newly appointed loft in Bushwick.
· Take That, Money for a Mortgage [NY Post]