According to a new analysis by Owners.com, the Midwest is attracting more single and unmarried women who are choosing to put down roots and buy a home. Cincinnati topped its list, followed by Kansas City, Kan., and Kansas City, Mo.
Phil Karp, senior manager of brokerage services at Owners.com says the following: “There is a noticeable shift toward more single women entering the real estate market, particularly given lower unemployment rates, rising incomes, and the value placed on homeownership. Housing inventory remains low and costs are high throughout the country.”
How strong a force have single and unmarried women become in real estate? They have outpaced single and unmarried men in homeownership since 1981, according to data from the National Association of REALTORS®. In 2016, 17 percent of single and unmarried women were homeowners. That compares to only 7 percent of single and unmarried men who owned a home. NAR research indicates that these women place a high value on owning their own home near family and friends.
How was the analysis done? Owners.com studied 50 metro areas across the country, factoring in each city’s average home value, median income for women, annual crime rate, walkability and public transportation, and the price of dinner for two people. The study came up with the 20 best places for single women to purchase a house. The following are the results for California:
Sacramento-Roseville, Calif.: 15.2%
Los Angeles-Long Beach, Calif.: 13%
San Jose-San Francisco-Oakland, Calif.: 13.7%
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