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Real Estate’s New Big Buyers: Middle-Aged Women

DAILY REAL ESTATE NEWS | WEDNESDAY, JULY 24, 2013

Middle-aged women have become the fastest growing group of single female home owners, according to a new study by the real estate brokerage Redfin. The number of 45- to 54-year-old single female home owners has soared 120 percent from 1982 to 2012. 

“Probable causes for this phenomenon include the large baby boomer population entering this age group over the last several decades and the prevalence of divorce leading to the creation of more female-headed households,” according to Redfin. 

Single females have long been big consumers of real estate. Among unmarried home owners, single women have outnumbered men since at least 1982, when the Census began collecting such data. 

While middle-aged women are increasing their buying, women younger than 35 appear to be delaying home ownership until later on in life, the report shows. 

The Redfin report revealed the top U.S. cities for single successful women, factoring in the percentage of women with four-year college degrees, percentage of women with a salary greater than $65,000, and the percentage of women who are single between 25 to 39 years old. Below are the rankings, as well as the percentage of residents who are women who are single and 25 to 39 years old:

  1. Arlington, Va.: 24%
  2. Alexandria, Va.: 22%
  3. Cambridge, Mass.: 22%
  4. Washington, D.C.: 22%
  5. San Francisco: 21%
  6. Seattle: 18%
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FOOTBALL FANS

Surviving Football Withdrawal

Is the end of football season a danger to the health of millions of fans?  Well, maybe not a danger that will drive you to your doctor, but it might just cause some very real symptoms like sadness and anxiety.

Post-Super Bowl blues are similar to the post-holiday blues.  It can be compared to feelings of what a smoker goes through when quitting cold turkey.

When the football season is over and there’s no other game on the schedule for months, you’re stuck, so you go through withdrawal.

When you derive pleasure from an activity such as watching football, celebrating the holidays or smoking cigarettes, dopamine is released in your brain.  When the activity is suddenly cut off, you feel deprived.

Here are some tips for hardcore fans who suddenly have to face months without the NFL:

  • Don’t go cold turkey. Watch football on YouTube, or on recordings, in gradually diminishing amounts.
  • Share your feelings of withdrawal and letdown with a friend or spouse.
  • While it can be unpleasant, football withdrawal is not serious enough to require antidepressants or other medications. And do not self medicate with drugs or alcohol.
  • Most important, buck up. You’re just going to have to basically tough it out until football starts up again.
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