Jen Haylock at her Bundamba home. More single women are buying their own homes.
Jen Haylock at her Bundamba home. More single women are buying their own homes.

Females opting for own home

AN INCREASING number of young Ipswich women are refusing to wait for a diamond ring and are instead making their own white-picket-fence dreams come true.

Jen Haylock, 31, recently bought a two-bedroom home at Bundamba with a spacious backyard for her two dogs, Arthur and George.

Miss Haylock said she had always dreamed of buying her own home.

The new home owner said the Bundamba duplex was the perfect match.

“I’d done a lot of research before putting any offers in,” she said.

“This house was ideally located to the main road, to buses and trains. It ticked all the boxes.

“It was just two bedrooms, so it was small enough for me but it still felt spacious inside. It was the right price; it was just perfect.”

Miss Haylock said she felt her money was better spent on buying her own place rather than renting.

“You can rent forever and you’ll never get anything out of that money,” she said.

Ray White Ipswich sales consultant Richard Mulholland said out of five properties he had sold in the past two months, three were to young single women.

Mr Mulholland said it was a great time for first-home buyers to get into the housing market.

“There’s a lot of stock on the market,” he said.

“It really is a buyer’s market at the moment.”

Mr Mulholland said women were more independent now than in previous decades, and many people hoped to get financially set early in life.

“And that includes buying a house and not necessarily waiting for Prince Charming to come along,” he said.

“They’re buying first and so are young men.

“So in a lot of cases when people do get married they’ll both enter with a house each.”

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