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Men From Mars, Women From Venus? Not So Much When Shopping for a Home

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey

Women and men home buyers don't differ too much when it comes to what they look for in a home, according to a new survey by Coldwell Banker Real Estate, which asked 1,000 women and men about their home buying preferences.

However, women do tend to make up their minds more quickly about a home than men. In fact, according to the survey, 70 percent of women had made up their mind the day they walked into the house compared to 62 percent of men—who often needed two or more visits to decide.

Men and women mostly agree on how they would use a spare 12 x 12 room, if they had their choice. Their top choices:

  • Bedroom: 25 percent
  • Office/study: 15 percent
  • Family room/den: 11 percent

Men, however, did like the idea of a "man cave" for recreation and entertainment—four times as many men as women asked for such a room, according to the survey.

As for women's preferences while shopping for a home, location and security were key. Fifty-five percent of the women surveyed said they wanted to live close to their extended family – more so than to their job. Also, 64 percent said that even if they found the house of their dreams, they would no longer want it if they had any security concerns about its location.


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