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West Coast real estate is now so expensive that married couples are moving in...


Love & Money is a new MarketWatch series looking at how issues surrounding money impact our relationships with significant others, friends and family.

Married couples are making room for roommates.

Sometimes, multiple roommates. Just ask Kelsey Riley Dixon. The 29-year-old business owner and her husband, a semi-pro kayaker, share a four-bedroom home with three male roommates "to reduce costs in the very expensive city of Seattle," she says. "It allows us to have a home in a really expensive city with a deck, a backyard, a basement — and we are able to pay half the rate that we would living on our own."

One big motivation for having roommates: Having extra money to travel. The couple recently spent nine months in Chile, Peru, Australia and New Zealand. "We don't want to spend that much money on rent. This [having roommates] aligns with our values. We'd rather use that money for travel," she says. And she adds that not only does having roommates help financially, it's also "fun and rewarding."

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