Single women buying homes at nearly twice the rate of men

Since the late 1990s, the number of single women purchasing homes has outpaced the number of single men. Single women made up 16% of homebuyers last year, compared with 9% for their male counterparts, according to the National Association of Realtors. A demographic change in women's earning power -- more women are primary earners in their households -- could be contributing to the trend.

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