Most of us have heard the phrase “Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus.”
Because a home is one of the biggest purchases that we make in our lifetime, Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC commissioned a nationwide study to see how men and women really differ when it comes to making major decisions. Here are the results;
Women may be inclined to make up their mind more quickly than men.
When women were asked how long it took before they knew their home was right for them, almost 70 percent said they had made up their mind the day they walked into the house vs. 62 percent of men.
Conversely, significantly more men needed two or more visits: 32 percent of men vs. 23 percent of women. (The study did not address who could make up their mind more quickly on a shoe purchase.)
It was found that women would rather live closer to their extended family than to their job. Fifty-five percent of women found it more important to be closer to family compared to only 37 percent of the men.
A home’s security is a deal breaker for both men and women. Sixty-four percent of women said that if they found the home of their dreams but had concerns about its security, they would no longer be interested. Fifty-one percent of the men agreed.
When asked who wears the pants in the relationship, (when it comes to major financial decisions, such as purchasing a home), almost 70 percent of the respondents living with their significant other said it’s actually mutual.
However, 23 percent think that they themselves wear the pants in the relationship, not their partner. More men than women said this (26 percent vs. 20 percent).
Men and women agreed for the most part on how to use extra space.
The survey asked how they would use an extra 12-by-12-foot room if it could be anything they wanted.
Men and women reached a consensus on the top three most popular and very practical responses. No. 1, a bedroom at 25 percent; No. 2, an office or study at 15 percent; and No. 3, a family room or den at 11 percent.
The “man cave” or cave man is alive and well.
Out of the 8 percent who indicated they would turn a spare room into an entertainment center, it was a preponderance of men who led the charge. Four times more men said they would use the extra space for recreation/entertainment purposes.
The brilliant deduction out of all this is we are the same and we are different.
The solution is not to fly solo when buying a home, but make it a collaborative effort.
Talk it out and possibly make a pros and cons list.
For the men; experience (my own) tells me that on the home design or purchase decision you should always listen and pay close attention to your wife’s ideas, needs and wants.
If you do this, you will live happily ever after in your man cave.
Ray Pugel is a designated broker for Coldwell Banker Bishop Realty. Contact him at (928) 474-2216.