Site lets wedding guests pitch in for a future home 

Third-generation San Franciscan Erin-Marie MacEwen founded HatchMyHouse.com last year for her own wedding, and launched it publicly in December. The online registry allows wedding guests to donate toward a down payment on the bride and groom’s home.

What is HatchMyHouse.com? We’re an online gift registry that allows anyone to save toward a house in a fun and interactive way. The fun and interactive part is that people can buy part of a dream house — a window, or a door, or furniture.

How did you get the idea?
My husband and I were getting married and living in San Francisco, where a down payment on a home seems to be an unmanageable dream task, something we wouldn’t be able to do on our own. So we thought, what if instead of a traditional retail gift registry, we had a site where people could contribute toward our downpayment?

So then you decided to take the idea public?
Yes, and since the site launched, we’ve had more than 50 people register and publish their dream-house registries.

What are the typical prices of the dream-home gifts? The average wedding gift is $85, so someone can buy a door for $100 or a window for $50. It’s these little micro-gifts that start to add up.

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