Here is another article about things going on around Rochester. Enjoy!
Real estate season in Rochester has begun, and a growing number of real estate agents across the city are noticing an interesting trend — more and more single women are becoming homeowners.
According to a recent Democrat and Chronicle report, single female home buyers occupy a growing share of the real estate market, turning around women’s longtime tendency to wait until marriage to purchase a home.
“Twenty years ago, a single girl was not supposed to buy a house, because who’s going to fix something if it breaks?” said Catherine Wyble of Keller Williams Realty. “So many people had it in their heads that you don’t buy a house until you’re married. You would have to have a husband to have a house. Now, it’s not a big deal.”
Wyble, a single homeowner herself, explained that she sells a lot of homes to single women; some of them are buying their first homes, others are single mothers and others still purchase homes as investment properties.
She said there are a number of reputable places on the web today where women can seek out home repairs, such as Angie’s List and Craigslist, that make it easier to own a home independently. It’s not uncommon to spend anywhere from 1 – 4% of a home’s value each year on required maintenance and upkeep, and these costs only increase as the house continues to age. Of course, some women repair their homes themselves, further eschewing sexist stereotypes.
“Women of this generation, those born in the 1970s or later, they were born during the time of the women’s rights movement and on,” said Richard Sarkis, a broker for Nothnagle Realtors who has been in real estate for 31 years. “They’re more independent, they’re more self-sufficient and they have better jobs than they did back then.”
The growth of single-female homeownership in Rochester reflects a shifting demographic trend seen throughout the country — namely, that more young people are waiting longer to get married.
On April 24, the New York Times reported that 44% of Americans over 18 were single in 2013. Even more telling: in 2012, 23% of men and 17% of women over 25 had never been married, the highest levels since 1960.
Most single people have deliberately made a choice to be so — only about 16% of unmarried people are actively looking for a partner, one Pew survey found.
Another intriguing trend throughout society is beginning to reveal itself, albeit among married couples — the traditional idea of men being the sole breadwinner for the family is gradually being turned on its head.
In Monroe County alone, there were 30,707 women heads of households in 2010, compared with the 23,091 men who are heads of households.
So if anything’s clear, it’s that traditional concepts of a patriarchal nuclear household unit are rapidly fading into the past — especially in Rochester.