‘An unmarried woman’

22 Jul

If Prince Charming hasn’t come along to give you a castle . . . then buy your own.

A few decades ago, a single woman buying real estate on her own was a rarity. Before the Fair Housing Act of 1968, few women could get approved for a loan, let alone a mortgage, without a husband’s or father’s signature (mortgage documents still stipulate if a person is single). But times have changed. The National Association of Realtors reports that since the mid-19902, single women have purchased homes at nearly twice the rate of single men. In 2012, single female homeowners made up 18 percent of households in the association’s Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, compared to 10 percent for single men.

I decided the time was right for me to purchase a house for a variety of reasons: geography, job and finances (and it was slightly rewarding the make an offer on a house, on Valentine’s Day after a break up).

While this new trend in home ownership is great for women’s liberation, feminism, the economy and the housing market; homeownership can be quite daunting – – especially when your purchase a house that had a poorly maintained yard. Yet, with a little patience, TLC, muscle and fertilizer, a garden can grow on your estate and here’s the proof:

Just remember, that although you may have a castle, it doesn’t mean you can’t put out the welcome mat for potential suitors (who now must be handy). Mr. Right may just be a hardware store aisle away – – and you will be spending a lot of time there.

 

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