The Single Female Homeowner and the Home Handyperson

According to the National Association of Realtors, the percentage of home purchased by single women had almost doubled between 1981 and 2005 while the percentage of homes purchased by single men during the same period fell. In 1981 11 percent of single homeowners were female and 10 percent were male but by 2005 those figures had risen to 21 percent and 9 percent respectively. The average cost of a home purchased by a single female was $160,000 in 2005 and the median income of the purchaser was $47,315.

It’s predicted that by the year 2010 60 percent of all personal wealth in the United States will be owned by women. Today, women make 83 percent of all purchasing decisions which amounts to about $6 trillion annually. For the first time people in the home remodeling and home repair business take very seriously. For the first time we are paying as much attention to the woman as they do the man during in home sale presentations.

Of that $6 trillion, $80 billion were made be female do-it-yourselfers. A fact that wasn’t and isn’t overlooked by major home centers like Home Depot and Lowes. These home centers are not only training their associates to treat lady customers with the same respect that they treat their male customers, they are starting to carry tools designs specifically to fit the female hand. Tim Allen, watch out. The ladies are coming.

Women have come a long way over the last decade towards proving that they can do anything that any man can do and that they can often do it better. When it comes to home repair and home improvements, the BeJane TV series and the BeJane internet site has gone a long way towards showing women that they can swing a hammer and wield a Skill Saw just as good as any man and better then some.

The fact that women can learn the same skills as men and do the same work as men is a fact that many authors that write for the diy market has still to learn and accept. Actually I feel that most guys who write for the market know that but they continue to use men in the pictures that accompany their articles. In all honesty I have to confess to being guilty of that myself and I have no good excuse because I have met women that are every bit as capable. Actually I wrote a couple of articles for the BeJane site several years ago but they went in the opposite direction and only want material written by women for their site and TV show. With all that in mind I’m going to be writing more diy articles for this site with the ladies in mind.


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