Type of Document Dissertation Author Wood, Rebecca S. Jr. Author's Email Address firstname.lastname@example.org URN etd-6998-134017 Title Housing Market Choice Patterns of Single Women Homeowners Degree PhD Department Housing, Interior Design, and Resource Management Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title Beamish, Julia O. Committee Chair Arnold, Jesse C. Committee Member Goss, Rosemary Carucci Committee Member Leech, Irene E. Committee Member Parrott, Kathleen R. Committee Member Keywords
- female head of household
- housing characteristics
- housing market
- single women
- tenure choice
Date of Defense 1998-05-21 Availability unrestricted AbstractHousing researchers are aware of the lower homeownership
rates and other housing problems of single women but there
is very little research focusing on single women
homeowners or the characteristics of the housing they buy.
Also, since a wide body of research can be found that
examines determinants of homeownership for various
population groups, the importance of this study was in its
focus on single women homeowners and the characteristics of
their housing rather than the determinants of ownership for
Using data from the 1993 American Housing Survey (AHS), the
study sample consisted of 639 women homeowners who were
either widowed, divorced, separated, or never-married, and
who did not own their previous residence. The study's
purpose was to construct a profile of single women home-
owners that included a description of their demographic and
housing characteristics, the means by which they acquired
their homes, and the changes made in their housing when
they became homeowners. Additionally, this study examined
which demographic and previous housing characteristics of
this group were related to the housing characteristics of
their present homes.
Descriptive results from this study suggested that single
women homeowners are primarily middle aged without young
children at home, earn moderate incomes, and that the
largest proportion of them live in the South and metropolitan
areas. When compared to homeowners in general, single women
homeowners' homes cost less and represented a higher proportion
of attached and mobile home units. The results also showed
that single women used low-down payment financing instruments
to a lesser degree than did all homeowners.
Results from statistical analyses suggested that significant
relationships exist between single women homeowners' housing
characteristics, and a) their demographic characteristics,
b) their previous housing characteristics, and c) their reasons
for moving and selecting their current homes and neighborhoods.
Another key finding was that single women homeowners of varying
marital status differed in their present and previous housing
characteristics and their reasons for selecting the current home.
The results of this study support suggestions made by other
researchers that examining differences not only by gender but
also by the variations in marital status will help to clarify
and add to the knowledge of housing and its relevance to
populations of varying social composition.
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