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Single Women Buying More Houses than Single Men

I was reading something very interesting today on the Profile of Texas Homebuyers and Sellers report that was published for 2009...

texas homebuyers and sellers18% of Homebuyers were single FEMALE
8% of Homebuyers were single MALE

WOW!  Those numbers stand out significantly!  I read further to see what the National statistics were to see if Texas was just off, or if this was a trend for more women to buy houses than men.  Nationally, 21% were single female and 10% were single males.

What does this tell us?  This tells us (don't bite my head off as this is my personal opinion) that men have commitment issues in more places than just relationships!!  A single man doesn't want to feel tied down or trapped. He becomes commitment-phobic while in a dating relationship. If he's going to have these same issues in other parts of his life, it makes sense that he wouldn't tie himself down to one particular house. (I know this doesn't apply to all men, and that this is a gross exaggeration!)

This also tells us that women are stronger in today's world and more willing to make such an investment for their futures. After further research, this has been the trend for the past 7 years!


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Comment balloon 24 commentsDonna Harris • May 06 2010 07:17PM


Way to go girl!  I enjoyed the post so thanks for getting it out to us today.  We are woman, .........!!!


Posted by Patricia Aulson, Realtor - Portsmouth NH Homes-Hampton NH Homes (BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOME SERVICES Verani Realty NH Real Estate ) about 10 years ago

Hi Donna -- Interesting stats!  I wonder what year the single female numbers first passed the male percentages?  Your post reminded me of one of my very first real estate transactions, where I represented a single female buyer, buying from a single female seller (also represented by a female Realtor) and the escrow officer and her whole staff at the title company was female.  As I sat at the closing table I thought about how things certainly have changed for women over the years!

Posted by Melanie Hedrick, 972-816-7205 (Elite Texas Properties, the best homes from McKinney to Dallas!) about 10 years ago

PS....I have bookmarked it for future reference.


Posted by Patricia Aulson, Realtor - Portsmouth NH Homes-Hampton NH Homes (BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOME SERVICES Verani Realty NH Real Estate ) about 10 years ago

This has been a trend here in Dallas for awhile now.  I remember reading a few years ago in the newspaper about single women being a large percentage of home sales here.

Posted by Nick Good, (The Good Home Team with eXp Realty) about 10 years ago

Good one Donna!  I'm surprised it's only been the trend for seven years. When I bought my first house in the mid-90s two of my coworkers were house hunting too - all of us single females.  Great trend - it bodes well for women's financial security down the road.


Posted by Elizabeth Bolton, Cambridge MA Realtor (RE/MAX Destiny Real Estate Cambridge, MA) about 10 years ago

I totally agree with these stats. Girl power is alive and buying in MD.

Posted by Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Howard County & Catonsville (Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate) about 10 years ago

Oh come on.....none of us women think this is a big surprise. But....funny statistic anyway. :)

Posted by Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner, Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395 (Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395) about 10 years ago

Haha, Donna, it is so funny you say men have commitment issue, aren't they?  

Posted by Rita Fong, Realtor - Marion Arkansas Homes for Sale (RE/MAX REAL ESTATE TODAY, Executive Broker 901-488-9590 ) about 10 years ago

Donna:  Of COURSE more women will buy as singles than men will.  Women are known to be "nesters."  Men... not so much, except in some other woman's nest... LOL.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 10 years ago

By the way, Miss Donna... I see you are about to jump over the 700,000 point mark.  Congratulations in advance.  I would just LOVE to see you bounce up one more position in Texas... as I know you would, too.  Go get 'em Woman !

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 10 years ago

Guys are too busy with their "singleness" and activities. Far too busy to think about home maintenance. Some of my single guy clients wait to meet their better halves to come furnish the house for them. Go figure.

Posted by Loreena and Michael Yeo, Real Estate Agents (3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Prosper TX Real Estate Co.) about 10 years ago


Very interesting numbers.  Perhaps this is a great niche market.

Posted by Richard Weeks, REALTOR®, Broker about 10 years ago

Patricia, You're welcome!

Melanie, I only have stats as far back as 2001. The women were still buying more than the men, but the big jump happened in 2003.

Nick, I sold to many single women up in Dallas!

Liz, The actual trend is longer than 7 years, but the big jump was in 2003. I can't see stats further than 2001.

Ellie, Good!

Karen, Of course!

Rita, Oh yeah!

Karen Anne, Thanks!  I was almost there, but the AR glitch for 3 weeks kept me away and pushed me back...

Loreena, I think it's funny when a guy buys a house thinking his future wife will move in, and they have a lot to learn!

Richard, It is, and it's been cornered by us women agents for years!! :)

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - about 10 years ago

It tells me that women make more money than men. 

That's controversial I know, but it is reality.  All of the numbers we see compare men and women who work in the same position.  Even this number weighs more heavily towards women unless we are talking about executive pay.  But when you compare the pay of entry level office job traditionally held by women, and entry level jobs traditionally held by men, women make more.

The fact is that traditional male, working class roles are roles that have little chance for advancement. Traditional roles for women in offices offer advancement and bonus potential.  Also, now that manufacturing jobs have gone away, office jobs account for the majority of all jobs that pay a salary high enough to afford one's own home.

Posted by Ray Garrett, Jr. (ZipRealty) about 10 years ago

I meant to cite the Bureau for Labor Statistics:

Male unemployment 10.1%

Female unemplyment: 8.2%

Posted by Ray Garrett, Jr. (ZipRealty) about 10 years ago

@Ray -- That's an intersting way of looking at it.  Not something I'd considered before.  I guess I'm just used to hearing about the climb women have been making in the workforce the past half century.  Donna's stats surprised me and I wondered when things had started to level out.   "Back in the day" when I was a little kid in the '60s, my understanding of the job choices for women was either nurse, teacher, or "stewardess".  I thought the white hat and stockings nurses wore were really unattractive, and I couldn't wait to be out of school forever -- so that just left boring "stewardess" for my career path.  Naive and childish, I know, but I guarantee you, my own young daughters had plans of opening their own pediatric practice or being a candy factory mogul at the same young age!  Just interesting how things and ideas change over time. :)

Posted by Melanie Hedrick, 972-816-7205 (Elite Texas Properties, the best homes from McKinney to Dallas!) about 10 years ago

Hi Donna,

I've been following those stats over the past year and I definitely see more single woman buying homes..I do think they are more "nesters" as Karen Anne says and they hate to think of paying someone else's mortgage by renting!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) about 10 years ago

@Melanie,  Women have come a long way indeed.  I think one of the points I was trying to make is that there is now more advancement and opportunity in traditional female roles. 

Before making the decision to stay home with our daughter, my wife worked for a fortune 500 company.  She started as an assistant, which is simply the secretary of the 60s and 70s. In that role she was able to teach herself some skills, take classes for other skills, and prove her writing abilities. After 7 years working there she tripled her income and was well on the way to becoming an executive.

These opportunityies do not exist for many traditionally male entry-level positions. 

Posted by Ray Garrett, Jr. (ZipRealty) about 10 years ago

Hi Ray -- That's great that your wife advanced like she did.  Sounds like she's a smart person that did what it took to get there. :)  (of course the best job in the world is the mom job -- it's my all-time favorite, anyway!)

Posted by Melanie Hedrick, 972-816-7205 (Elite Texas Properties, the best homes from McKinney to Dallas!) about 10 years ago

Very good post! Great statistic!  If for married couple the woman mostly make the decision of buying big-ticket items like Home, Car etc.

Thanks for sharing.


Posted by Adam Malachi, QSC,CDPE,CIPS,CNE,CRB,CRS,GRI,MRE,SFR (A 2 Z Realty LLC) about 10 years ago

I am not very surprised by this number, were you? Females are more likely to settle down then most males. I'm just saying.

Posted by John Cannata, Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance (214-728-0449 about 10 years ago

I wouldn't call it "girl power." It's just a trend. Saying men have commitment issues is like saying women have security issues, and that they feel compelled to BUY instead of taking any sort of risk with other investment opportunities.

Posted by Greg Nino, Houston, Texas (RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP) about 10 years ago

Thanks for sharing those numbers with us.


Lori Cofer

Posted by Lori Churchill Cofer, Realtor - 509-330-0086 - Pullman, WA (Beasley Realty) about 10 years ago

Women are a bit more willing to commit - maybe women especially younger women are become more financially savy at a younger age then their counterpart males???

Posted by MaryBeth Mills Muldowney, Massachusetts Broker Owner (TradeWinds Realty Group LLC) over 4 years ago