Whether it is purchasing, financing or selling a home, women are increasingly leading the charge. This is especially true for single and minority women, who are getting a little help from new technology.
A Compass and Better.com report revealed that 83% of agents surveyed said they have seen an increase in the number of female clients, as a sole seller or buyer. The report also noted that the number of single women who are buying homes increased from 15% to 18%.
"Over the last year, the mortgage arm of Better.com saw a 4.5x increase in single women between 30-40 who make between $10-20K a month and a 5x increase in single minority women independent borrowers," according to the report. "Out of the single female demographic, the average credit score was 767."
Single women and women of a minority face plenty of discrimination when it comes to buying a home. The report also cited data from The National Bureau of Economic Research that found lenders charge Latin/African-American borrowers 7.9 and 3.6 basis points more for purchase and refinance mortgages respectively.
Technology has played a part in helping to alleviate some of that discrimination. The NBER report revealed that "algorithms also discriminate, but 40% less than face-to-face lenders."
So, despite the increasing buying power of single women and women of a minority, there is still work to be done but it hasn't stopped them from "becoming the future of homeownership" as the report puts it.
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