Odeta Kushi and Sarah Wheeler on the surge in women’s homeownership

On today’s episode of Power House, we’re bringing you a special feature in honor of International Women’s Day, which was last Friday, March 8th, and Women’s Month, which is the whole month of March. This special feature spotlights two industry powerhouses. HousingWire editor-in-chief Sarah Wheeler leads a conversation with First American Financial Corp. Deputy Chief Economist Odeta Kushi.

During their conversation, Sarah and Odeta talk about home ownership among single, female heads of households, other demographic trends, and what’s in store for the spring housing market.

Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:

  • Single women home ownership has been on the rise, driven by higher educational attainment and earning power.
  • The pandemic had a disproportionate impact on women’s employment, but single women have shown resilience and financial growth.
  • The spring home buying market is expected to be more moderate due to the lack of significant decline in mortgage rates.
  • Inventory levels remain low, but even a slight increase can provide more options for potential buyers.
  • Timing the housing market is challenging, and buyers need to focus on their own needs and affordability.

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The Power House podcast is a show about leadership, markets and entrepreneurship in the housing industry. Each Thursday, Clayton Collins speaks with CEOs and founders to reveal how the most impactful executives think about business growth, operational strategy, and leadership.

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