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What do women want? In real estate, maybe not what you think

A recent survey by the National Association of Realtors is challenging stereotypical notions of what’s important to men and women when it comes to buying a home.

The survey asked single men, single women and married couples what house features were “very important” in their decisions about what to buy.

New kitchen appliances? Perhaps surprisingly, they’re important to 32% of single men – compared to 31% of married couples and only 21% of single women.

How about a walk-in closet in the master bedroom? Again, that’s a male thing – very important to 38% of single men and only 29% of single women.

Men also have a marked preference for high ceilings, with 21% saying they’re important compared to only 8% of women. And about twice as many men as women attached importance to having an attic.

So what do women want? A single-level home. Not having stairs was very important to 31% of single women, compared to 24% of couples and only 18% of single men.

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