That’s a larger increase than single men, who purchased 4.6% more homes in the fourth quarter than a year earlier. Overall, single women accounted for 15.7% of all home purchases nationwide in the fourth quarter of 2020, Redfin reports. LendingTree says single women have long owned more homes than their male counterparts. According to a recent study from the Yale School of Management, single women pay 2% more than single men for the very same house. Overall, because Americans invest more in the housing market than in the stock market, the gender gap in housing is responsible for 30% of the gender gap in wealth accumulation at retirement, the authors argue.