Is there a gender gap in homeownership?

  • The housing gender gap is twofold: homes owned by single women are valued 10 percent less and appreciate 16 percent slower compared to homes owned by single men.

Although some of the pricier markets are cooling, many buyers struggle to save for a home purchase. The exorbitant cost of renting alone creates obstacles for prospective homeowners, not accounting for high student loan debt. However, affordability and appreciation headwinds appear to increase for women, according to RealtyTrac’s first-ever Housing Gender Gap Analysis.