Here’s how differently men and women think about their housing dreams

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While women place more value on closeness to nature and a good neighborhood, men are more often bothered by street noise – that’s what a recent study on the subject of the living dreams of Germans wants to find out. At the same time, more women than men see their own property as a retirement security, informs Interhyp, the mortgage lender behind the survey.

It’s the perennial favorite of every real estate survey: both men and women are most likely to want a detached single-family home – yet according to a recent study by mortgage lender Interhyp, there are many differences between the sexes when it comes to their own housing dreams.

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The desire to buy a property as soon as possible is slightly more prevalent among men (11 percent) than women (9 percent). At the same time, more men than women say they prefer to rent and don’t want property (38 versus 33 percent). Differences are also apparent in the choice of residence: According to the study, a large city is more favored by men at 22 percent than by women at 17 percent.

While 65 percent of men prefer a single-family home, only 61 percent of women do so. The latter tend to want a country or farmhouse more often than men (23 versus 18 percent).

A "nice" home is almost equally important to men and women, however, with 95 percent and 98 percent, respectively, in the overall approval rating. Women are clearer than men, however, when it comes to reasons for buying property. Example of retirement security: for both genders, this is an important reason for owning property – but among women, 61 percent say this reason is very important to them, compared with 10 percentage points fewer among men (51 percent).

Whether to rent or buy, couples usually decide together, according to the study. 74 percent of respondents say they are 100 percent equally involved in the process (72 percent of men, 77 percent of women). The situation is similar when it comes to deciding which property to actually take in the end (77 percent of men, 79 percent of women). What’s notable is that when one of the partners has a greater influence on the purchase, men, like women, say they have slightly more influence themselves (19 percent vs. 17 percent).

But the genders don’t quite agree on the environment either:

The right location is described by 75 percent of women as very important, while only 63 percent of men see it that way. 70 percent of female respondents also prefer quieter areas (men: 58 percent). 48 percent of women think that being a good neighbor is very important, but only 39 percent of men. Women are also more likely to be close to family and friends (53 to 38 percent). Meanwhile, things are even clearer when it comes to shopping facilities, which are very important to 60 percent of women but only 43 percent of men.

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Juliana Demski

Juliana Demski has been junior editor and social media manager at Pfefferminzia since 2021. She has been a member of the Pfefferminzia team since 2016.

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