Single Girls Guide to Buying a Home
Finish school, find a job, get married, buy a house. In that order. While this is often still the traditional pattern of life events for many women, more and more single women are buying their first house earlier in their lives. Whether it’s because rents are high, home prices are affordable in the desired area or simply because of an aversion to living with roommates, single women are becoming a stronger force in the real estate market. In fact, according to the Joint Center for Housing Studies, more than one in five homebuyers in the U.S. is a single woman. If you’re single and ready to make the big purchase, make sure you know what it takes to go it alone.
Going over finances
Finding a reliable real estate agent
Considering alternative dwellings
Living in a single-family home with a landscaped yard and a picket fence is the stuff dreams are made of. Reality says that buyers must do what’s practical for them. Many singles choose condominiums, co-ops or townhouses over single-family homes for some very good reasons. Aside from being more affordable, they may provide maintenance services, security in the form of a buzzer-operated front door or doorman and a built-in social network of neighbors. Overall it’s a smart idea for single women to invest in a home. By navigating the ins and outs of homeownership when you’re single, you’ll be in an excellent position to guide your husband through the process should you want to buy again once you’re married.