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More single women than men on the hunt for homes

Single women are buying more homes than men.

Single women are buying more homes than men.

Single women are moving into new homes more than often than single men, and are increasingly savvy when it comes to choosing real estate, according to a recent MSNBC article.

Compiling data from a number of reports and surveys, MSNBC quantified the current gender divide when it comes to buying a home. The National Association of Realtors said single women accounted for one-fifth of all homebuyers in 2010, compared to 12 percent of buyers who were single men. And a Joint Center for Housing Studies survey found most single women are motivated to buy a home because they want to "nest."

A Northern California realtor, Jan Gray, told the media outlet single women have lately been among her most well-informed clients. Gray said it is important for women buyers to consider how much upkeep they want to do on a property and to consider "civil engineering stuff," like drainage.

While MSNBC stressed single women at all stages of life are buying property, according to a 2011 Daily Beast list, if single women are looking to meet men, they should consider relocating to a warm climate. Los Angeles, Phoenix and San Diego topped the website's ranking of best cities for single women to meet a man.