Female buyers rank at 68% in housing market
By Linger Liu, The China PostFemale buyers are 68 percent of the housing market of Taipei City, according to a survey conducted by a realty research group.
March 7, 2013, 12:35 am TWN
The survey said the number of female home buyers is increasing in Taipei city. It forecast more growth in the Greater Taipei area. Apart from Kaohsiung, in Taiwan's other big cities, 40 percent of home buyers are female. Kaohsiung, the survey showed, is mainly dominated by male buyers.
The survey showed that every two out of three sold houses were purchased by female buyers in Taipei City, while in New Taipei City this figure was around 52 percent.
According to executive researcher Sarah Liu (劉怡蓉) of Taiwan Realty Co. (台灣房屋), women enjoy better savings these days, so their willingness to purchase property is increasing.
Liu said female buyers are more interested in pursuing security, so tend to invest in real estate for its long-term stability. This is the main reason why female buyers are more active than male buyers in the housing market nowadays, said Liu.
Jessica Hsu (徐佳馨), director of the research division at H&B Realty (住商不動產), said many newly wed couples register the house under the name of the wife because her stable income is an aid when applying for loans.
The survey also said the majority of surveyed female buyers were purchasing their first home, and were doing so to create a place to live in as opposed to let. Female buyers in Taipei City look for access to transportation service, such as properties near the MRT. Female buyers in Taoyuan, Taichung, Tainan and Kaohsiung prefer properties located in commercial neighborhoods and cultural centers.