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The growing gender gap that gets little notice: Homebuying

The growing gender gap that gets little notice: Homebuying

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  • It was an all-too common cautionary tale in my mother’s and grandmother’s generation: women who didn’t work after they married and stayed home with their children, only to end up on their own years later without skills or support. I think what we’re seeing in this generation is women ensuring that they

    It was an all-too common cautionary tale in my mother’s and grandmother’s generation: women who didn’t work after they married and stayed home with their children, only to end up on their own years later without skills or support. I think what we’re seeing in this generation is women ensuring that they are able to provide security for themselves and their futures outside of their relationships. Real estate is a financial investment, but it’s also an investment in security and comfort in older age. I think the women that grew up hearing that they needed to know how to depend on themselves have taken this to heart and are making moves to do just that. Men have had less uncertainty hanging over them because it has always been assumed that they would work to take care of themselves, so the pressure to find stability and security likely isn’t as intense or overwhelming.

  • These stats aren’t new. They were evident in the early 2000s, but still worth noting. And women buying homes together also interesting as some smart builders offer two master suites instead of the typical family arrangement.

  • It only makes sense that as we see women breaking down walls, building better careers, and most critically, making more money, that we would also see increased rates of homeownership, regardless of marital status. It would be interesting to see the numbers broken down by other parameters, including location

    It only makes sense that as we see women breaking down walls, building better careers, and most critically, making more money, that we would also see increased rates of homeownership, regardless of marital status. It would be interesting to see the numbers broken down by other parameters, including location, age, profession, and education level.

    On the flip side, what is making men less likely to buy? Are single men becoming more risk averse? The fact that more single women than men have children under 18 is a huge flag for the reasoning. Most people with children need more space, want a yard for the kids to play in, and the stability of living in the same place year after year. With kids the allure of a house over an apartment is much stronger.

  • "Single women are buying homes and condos at what may be more than twice the rate of single males, and the trend appears to be accelerating."

  • Finally a gender gap that woman can proudly stand behind. I was surprised by the statistic that single women were second behind married couples in purchasing homes, but just as proud. Compared to our counterparts 50 years ago, women are more career driven then focusing on finding a partner and having

    Finally a gender gap that woman can proudly stand behind. I was surprised by the statistic that single women were second behind married couples in purchasing homes, but just as proud. Compared to our counterparts 50 years ago, women are more career driven then focusing on finding a partner and having a family. These two themes run in parallel as women are focusing on rooting down in a place to build their careers. Not only is this a good move for women in terms of their career, but also financially the gains are enormous especially in areas with booming housing markets, like Seattle mentioned in the article.

  • This makes a lot of sense as an unmarried woman, if the opportunity arose I would purchase a house in a heart beat. I see, hear about and know personally so many women who end up stuck in a bad relationship or left with nothing when a relationship ends, I think it would be nice to have that little bit

    This makes a lot of sense as an unmarried woman, if the opportunity arose I would purchase a house in a heart beat. I see, hear about and know personally so many women who end up stuck in a bad relationship or left with nothing when a relationship ends, I think it would be nice to have that little bit of stability and confidence I. Knowing that they own their own place and it can’t be taken away if a relationship goes sour. If/when they get married if they choose not to live there it could serve as a valuable asset or income for the family as well so it is a win win.

  • I wouldn’t be surprised at all. Women these days are no independent, ambitious and they know what they want in life. I’ve actually been living in an apartment for Go knows how long and I’ve always dreamt of having a home to call my own, with or without a husband. Just the thought of having a backyard

    I wouldn’t be surprised at all. Women these days are no independent, ambitious and they know what they want in life. I’ve actually been living in an apartment for Go knows how long and I’ve always dreamt of having a home to call my own, with or without a husband. Just the thought of having a backyard where my dogs can play around is enough reason for me to start saving for a future home. Also buying a home is a good investment compared to cars or other luxury stuff (including vacation). Its value will increase over time. I think that this is something that all women (and men) should consider.

  • This is fascinating!

  • It's no wonder that women are buying homes while single men are not. I know from experience that women think more in long term goals and visions but men are an in the now. Men assume that they will always have time and means to do something later. But a women would rather plan for her future with or

    It's no wonder that women are buying homes while single men are not. I know from experience that women think more in long term goals and visions but men are an in the now. Men assume that they will always have time and means to do something later. But a women would rather plan for her future with or without a man.  I think it's great that women are buying homes at a higher rate than men despite the wage gap that still exists. Means that we are incredible at doing whatever we put our mind to.

  • many women prefer the buy and hold method of investing, real estate fits this mode very well. also guys they typically do better in the long term with investing. guys if you meet such a lady hope you get fortunate.