Did you know that more than 1 in 5 homes buyers last year were single women? And according to Elizabeth Weintaub of About.com
I think that is impressive! She goes on to state the....
Top Three Reasons Unmarried / Single Women Buy a Home
- Strong desire to own her own home.
- Need more space or want smaller home.
- Relocate closer to job, school or family
I was a 19 year old single woman when I bought my first home and I was still single at 21 when I bought my second. For me, buying a home was not a gender thing, it was a practical money thing. Buying a first home for anyone, whether it be a newlywed couple, a single mom or a young man right out of college takes a special kind of agent. I know for a fact that Marti Shuey is that kind of agent because she was that agent for me.
I can't forget everything she went through to help me get my first home in Kansas City. She was patient with me as I slowly inched my buget farther and farther down. She was a great mother figure, often telling me, "Layna, this is a cute house, but a bad area... I don't think you'll be safe." She was never quick to try and get a sale. In the end, I think her commission must have only been a few hundred dollars, a far cry from what she normally made, but she treated me like I was $500,000 home buyer.... I never forgot that.
So here we are, three years later and I'm her assistant and partner in crime- trying to treat those first time buyers the way she treated me!