According to the 2015 NAR Profile of Homebuyers and Sellers, married couples have the higher household income, but first time home buyers are more than likely to be single females or males. However, today single female buyers only made up 15 percent of buyers while the share of single male buyers is 9 percent less. In past years, single females made up more than one-fifth of the market place and single males made up more than one tenth of recent buyers. This suggests that while strict lending conditions continue, married couples are still better able to provide the purchasing power needed to buy a home.
Interestingly, single female buyers accounted for nearly twice as large a share as single male buyers for repeat buyers (15 and 9 percent) and first-time buyers (23 and 15 percent).
Fifteen percent of recent home buyers were single females, and 9 percent were single males.
More women (15.5 million) than men (11.8 million) lived alone. Among these, women were more likely than men to own their homes (56% vs. 47%).
About one-quarter of the nation's nearly eight million single mothers spend more than half of their incomes on housing, compared with one-tenth of households headed by single fathers.
Over the time period of 1994-2002, the number of unmarried females owning homes climbed from 13.9 million to 17.5 million.
Sources: 2015 NAR Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, (Chicago, IL: National Association of REALTORS®, 2015) and The State of the Nation's Housing: 2012(link is external), (Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University, 2012).