Friday, January 8, 2010

Men happy to be free from owning houses

Men Who Jump the Picket Fence

Married couples make up the largest group of new home buyers. Next are single women, who represent 21 percent of home buyers; single men were just 10 percent. That gap has opened up in the last decade. The behavior of single men and women hints at divergent gender attitudes toward homeownership. Younger single men may be more likely to change jobs and cities; They may be more willing to squeeze into an apartment with two or three buddies; Or they may be cowering in the nest with Mom and Dad. “I was perfectly content to be in a rental, but I thought it didn’t make financial sense. Now that I’ve sunk in all this money and taken out a mortgage, the main reason it made sense for me is gone.”

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5 thoughts on “Men happy to be free from owning houses

  • need-a-crash says:

    Much has been said on this site about the divergent attitudes of men and women to home ownership, mainly that women are homemakers and men are less bothered. There’s undoubtedly evolutionary support for this theory and I can see it among many of my friends and other people I meet. Most of the late-20’s early 30’s women are homeowners – mostly 1-bed flats (this is London!) or 2-bed flats if significant parental assistance was provided – whereas many of the men (including myself) are still renting, even though we could all afford said 1-bed flats. While these women get to spend their weekends at Ikea and in residents committee meetings to sort out the crumbling central heating system or leaking roof, I get to lie in bed, play sport, socialise or whatever takes my fancy!

    However and slightly disappointingly, the article doesn’t actually go into the pschology that much and concentrates mostly on the pointlessness of home-ownership in a falling market. Something we all know about, but unfortunately so does our government, hence it’s determination to avoid hpc at all costs.

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  • Yes I agree – a closer look at the psychology would be fascinating.

    We’ve discussed the pressure on husbands from wives wanting to buy property. However this article contains new information because it points out that (a) women are more inclined to buy property anyway, even without a partner; and (b) that this is a fairly recent trend, within the last decade. I find the latter point particularly intriguing – any ideas as to why that might be? Just more women working?

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  • need-a-crash says:

    I think from about the 1980’s onwards girls have been brought up to pursue a career as a necessity in a way that women in previous decades never were and in a way that men always have been. Women have then had to reconcile this with the fact that only they can have children and that deep down most of them probably won’t be able to, or want to, compete with men in the workplace after child birth. Therefore there is much more pressure on them to “achieve” certain material goals before having a family, hence buying a flat before your 30 is very high on the agenda for many women.

    The fact that many of these women pursue their careers and these material goals so much so that they end up still being single well into their 30’s – and as a result can’t really have a family anyway – is rather a sad irony of the whole situation. From an hpc point of view there’s also the fact that a 1-bed flat is useless to bring up a family in anyway!

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  • markj69 str05 says:

    Nothing to do with the fact that men are more logically minded then?!

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  • > need-a-crash said…
    > There’s also the fact that a 1-bed flat is useless to bring up a family in anyway!

    Society is going back to the cave lifestyle.

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