Throughout Women’s History Month, we reflect on the impact women have in our lives, and that includes impact on the housing market. In fact, since at least 1981, single women have bought more homes than single men each year, and they make up 17% of all households. Last year single women made up 50% of my buyer pool so this rings true in my own life.
Why Is Homeownership So Important to Women?
The rise in women pursuing homeownership hasn’t just made an impact on the housing market. It’s also been an asset for those buyers and their households. That’s because homeownership has many benefits, both financial and personal.
On the financial side, housing proves to be the key to building wealth for single women. Ksenia Potapov, Economist at First American, says:
“For single women, housing has always made up a large share of total assets. Over the last 30 years, the average single woman’s wealth has increased 88% on an inflation-adjusted basis, from just over $142,000 in 1989 to $267,000 in 2019, and housing has remained the single largest component of their wealth.”
The financial security and independence homeownership provides can be life changing, too. And when you factor in the personal motivations behind buying a home, that impact becomes even clearer.
A recent report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) shares the top reasons single women are buying a home right now (see chart below):
On the personal side, no longer have a water-cooler to gather around or co-workers to gather with, and sometimes it can get lonely. For my client Jillian, who moved back from Baltimore to Philadelphia, this was exactly the case. When her employer decided that her position was better remote she decided that she wanted to be closer to her family and bought a beautiful home in the neighborhood she grew up in.
Which category do you fit into? Let’s connect today to talk about your goals in the housing market.