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Ask Amy: Home loan leaves couple home alone

Amy Dickinson, Tribune Content Agency on

Dear Amy: My husband and I have been building a house. We signed a contract after returning from our honeymoon.

I make a quarter of what he makes (in the nonprofit sector), and I have lived frugally in hopes of having my own home someday.

My husband owns his own home, so he’s bringing the equity from the sale of that home to the purchase of our new house.

I have cash assets, and we agreed that I would bring 25 percent of the cost of the new home to the table.

Additionally, he wants me to front his portion of our new house ($130,000) until his house sells, and then he will pay me back.

Normally, I would do this without blinking an eye, but my husband revealed something about his character that filled me with distrust.


His father sent us a Christmas check as a gift.

According to instructions in the card, each of us was to receive $100.

My husband never gave me the portion that was allocated to me.

I mustered up the courage to ask him about it, but he brushed it off.


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