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The Soul (and House) Mates

Gloria Yang and Chris Rein


Buyers: Gloria Yang and Chris Rein
Bought: 2-bed, 2-bath in Laurel Heights
Asking: $1.28M
Final: $1.3M
Realtor: Lauren Fraser, McGuire

Gloria Yang and Chris Rein had been dating for a little over a year when they started talking about the obvious next step: walking down the aisle of the mortgage lender’s office. “We had hit a stage in our relationship where we felt comfortable making that move together,” Yang recalls. The couple, both data analysts at tech companies in San Francisco, had not only been saving money; they had been talking about it. “We sat down and talked finances and really made sure we knew everything about each other,” Yang says.

What started out as casually perusing the real estate sites got hot and heavy quickly. “When you actually start looking, it’s really hard not to fall in love with something,” Yang says. Albeit unconsummated love—at least at first. The couple put in offers on nine homes, losing them all: “The first couple really hit us hard. We were so sad.”

When Yang and Rein got the call that one of their off ers had finally been accepted— on a cute two-bedroom house in Laurel Heights—there were mixed emotions. “Chris was so excited, he was over the moon. But I didn’t really believe it,” Yang says. “I just kept asking question after question, like ‘What can go wrong in closing?’” But nothing went wrong. They were handed their keys on July 11 of this year.

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Originally published in the November issue of San Francisco

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