Single women make up growing portion of home buyers - New York News

Single women make up growing portion of home buyers

Posted: Updated:
GOODYEAR, Ariz. -

Construction on new homes is at its fastest pace in 4 and a half years. Builders broke ground on more than 600,000 homes last month.

Now more and more builders are focusing on a new kind of customer.

Single ladies, put your hands up if you're a homeowner. New research shows that women are viewing home ownership as more than just a smart investment -- it's also a symbol of success.

"Single woman, we've evolved I guess, taking care of ourselves," says Goodyear homeowner Diane Dunn.

According to the National Board of Realtors, single women are the second largest group of homeowners.

That's forcing builders to change the way they design homes to focus on what women want -- homes that are comfortable, low-maintenance, and affordable.

One of the must-haves for single-women homeowners is security.

"You see the patrol go by on a regular basis, checking things out and I just think safety is a big factor for single woman."

Communities are also catering to the growing customer base by holding events designed to help singles make new friends in their neighborhood.

At Goodyear's pebble creek, residents get together to take walks, play cards, or enjoy some competition on the green.

"Once you find that person who's got that common bond with you, be it something athletic, be it something that you share in the arts or singing or even your knowledge or fun of trivia, you do see the same people coming together," says Melissa Kallett, Pebble Creek Recreation Director.

Buying a home is once again looking like a solid investment here in the valley.

The Phoenix metro area is leading the nation in recovering home values with prices up 35 percent from last year.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Friday Night Live: August 22, 2014

    Friday Night Live: August 22, 2014

    Friday, August 22 2014 10:34 PM EDT2014-08-23 02:34:20 GMT
    This is Fox 5's Friday Night Live, a weekly celebration of the end of the work week. All summer long, the Fox 5 team brings you the latest in entertainment, nightlife, food, and music in our area. In this episode: Ace Frehley, Big Sean, Week End Trends, and Chef Luca Manfé of MasterChef.
    This is Fox 5's Friday Night Live, a weekly celebration of the end of the work week. All summer long, the Fox 5 team brings you the latest in entertainment, nightlife, food, and music in our area. In this episode: Ace Frehley, Big Sean, Week End Trends, and Chef Luca Manfé of MasterChef.
  • Berg'n: new beer and food hall in Brooklyn

    Berg'n: new beer and food hall in Brooklyn

    Friday, August 22 2014 10:00 PM EDT2014-08-23 02:00:35 GMT
    The guys behind the Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg are at it again with a new food and booze venue called Berg'n, a new beer hall in Crown Heights. The place doesn't officially open until August 27, 2014, but owners Eric Demby and Jonathan Butler are giving it a test run for special guests, family, and the press.
    The guys behind the Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg are at it again with a new food and booze venue called Berg'n, a new beer hall in Crown Heights. The place doesn't officially open until August 27, 2014, but owners Eric Demby and Jonathan Butler are giving it a test run for special guests, family, and the press.
  • Giving your college-bound kids their space

    Giving your college-bound kids their space

    Friday, August 22 2014 9:31 PM EDT2014-08-23 01:31:50 GMT
    Going off to college is an exciting time for the entire family, especially for the upcoming freshman. But with technology, parents can be in touch all the time. What's too much and what's just enough? Freshman move-in day seems to be harder on the parents than the students at Stony Brook University.
    Going off to college is an exciting time for the entire family, especially for the upcoming freshman. But with technology, parents can be in touch all the time. What's too much and what's just enough? Freshman move-in day seems to be harder on the parents than the students at Stony Brook University.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices