Property or wedding ring? How Australian men and women differ
Married men want a roof, while women fancy a ring.
Determining what's important in a marriage is a matter of opinion and compromise. While most Australian men would forgo their honeymoon in favour of buying a house, the majority of married women want to see a wedding ring around their finger before committing to a mortgage, according to the latest research.
A new survey of more than 1,000 Australians, carried out by finder.com.au, found more than half (56%) of married men would rather jump on the property bandwagon than splash out on a romantic honeymoon. On the flip side, two-fifths (44%) of men were more keen on honeymooning with their new wife.
Men from Generation Y (59%) were likelier than those from Generation X (51%) to delay their post-marital vacation in lieu of acquiring property.
South Australian men (58%) were the most impassioned to opt for a honeymoon, while Queensland husbands (63%) preferred a new home over a trip away.
Aussie women's priorities were very different, with more than half of all respondents (55%) requiring a wedding ring before a property certificate.
However, a significant proportion (45%) said they would forsake this ceremonious symbol of commitment if it meant getting on the property ladder sooner.
Younger bridges were more eager to buy a house with their partner, while almost two thirds (60%) of married women aged 35-54 needed a ring.
Wedded women from the nation's capital were most likely (50%) to waive the ring and purchase property, while Western Australian's were least interested in home ownership.
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