According to the 2019 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, single, female buyers accounted for 11% of the homes purchased in 2019. 17% of first-time home buyers and 18% of repeat home buyers were single women, while 7% of first-time home buyers and 8% of repeat buyers were single men. The median age of these single, female, first time homebuyers is 34, while the median age of single, female repeat buyers is 60. Single women and men are both more likely to purchase a townhome or condo than a married couple, and single women, more than any other household composition, cited the convenience to friends and family as an influencing factor in their neighborhood choice, at 50 percent.
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Statistics on Women and Homeownership
The share of single females stepped down slightly to 17 percent, and the share of single males held steady at nine percent.
The most frequently purchased housing type among all buyers was a detached single-family home. Single females and single males were the most likely to have purchased a townhouse or row house, over any other household type.
Single females more than any other household composition cited the convenience to friends and family as an influencing factor in their neighborhood choice, at over 50 percent.
Source: 2019 NAR Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers (National Association of REALTORS®, 2019)
Women & Homeownership Trends
Hot Buyer Segment: Single Women Over 55 (REALTOR® Magazine, Mar. 5, 2020)
More Single Women are Buying Houses in Atlanta than Anywhere Else (AJC, Mar. 4, 2020)
Where Women Are Buying Homes – 2020 Edition (Smart Asset, Jan. 27, 2020)
A Different Kind of Gender Gap: Single Women Own More Homes Than Single Men Do (Lending Tree, Jan. 20, 2020)
Single Women Are the Home Buying Group That Won’t Quit (House Beautiful, Jan. 15, 2020)
2019 Statistics on Women and Women’s Homeownership (National Association of Women in Real Estate Businesses, 2019)
Home Repair & Construction
How Much You Should Budget for Home Maintenance (The Balance, Mar. 3, 2020)
Chart: Remodel it Myself of Hire a Pro? (The Spruce, Nov. 18, 2020)
Repairing and Improving a Home (USA.gov, Mar. 18, 2019)
Which Home Professional Should You Hire for Your Project? (Houzz, Mar. 12, 2019)
Homeown-Her: How Technology is Empowering Women to Buy, Sell, and Finance Homes (Business Wire, Mar. 4, 2020)
Single Women Own More Homes Than Single Men – But They Pay More, Too (Forbes, Jan. 22, 2020)
Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, 2019)
The State of the Nation's Housing: 2019 (Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University, 2019)
2019 Women Housing Ecosystem Report (National Association of Women in Real Estate Businesses, 2019)
eBooks & Other Resources
The following ebooks and digital audiobooks are available to NAR members:
Wise Women Invest in Real Estate (eBook)
Books, Videos, Research Reports & More
The resources below are available for loan through Member Support. Up to three books, tapes, CDs and/or DVDs can be borrowed for 30 days from the Library for a nominal fee of $10. Call Member Support at 800.874.6500 for assistance.
Own It!: The Ups and Downs of Homebuying for Women Who Go It Alone (Berkeley, CA: Seal Press, 2008) HF 5438 M97
Single Woman's Guide to Real Estate (Avon, MA: Adams Media, 2006) HF 5438 R18s
Buying Solo: The Single Woman' Guide to Buying a First Home (New York, NY: Penguin Group, 2005) HF 5438 Su6
Redesigning the American Dream: Gender, Housing, and Family Life (New York, NY: W.W. Norton & Co., 2002) HD 7293 H39
Americans and Their Homes: Demographics of Homeownership (Ithaca, NY: New Strategist Publications, 1998) HD 1341 R91
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