Where single women are buying property in Australia — and why their purchase power matters
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Where single women are buying property in Australia — and why their purchase power matters

Property buying patterns among single people are approaching gender parity, new data shows

By Bronwyn Allen
Fri, Apr 5, 2024 11:00amGrey Clock 2 min

More single Australian women are buying their own homes, with a report published by Ray White revealing 71,900 sales to this cohort in 2022, up from 64,680 sales in 2014. As a proportion of all single buyers, men have historically outnumbered women but the gap is closing with purchasing rates now closer to parity at about 12 percent of sales each.

Ray White chief economist Nerida Conisbee said rising home values meant the proportion of all single buyers was falling, from 26.2 percent of purchases in 2014 to 24.5 percent in 2022.

An interesting dynamic, however, is also occurring by gender,” Ms Conisbee said. A drop in single male purchasers is driving the decline whereas the number of single female buyers as a proportion of total buyers remains steady. By volume, the number of purchases by single women has risen by over 11 percent since 2014.

Ms Conisbee said increased education about the importance of home ownership in building wealth and government schemes such as the First Home Guarantee and State Government stamp duty waivers and concessions have driven more women to buy. McGrath CEO John McGrath said the trend in career women buying property on their own began about two decades ago.

When I started in real estate 40 years ago, it was very rare to conduct an auction and have a 28-year-old female on her own buy the property,” Mr McGrath said. “Nowadays when you put a well-located, beautifully designed apartment block on the market, the first 10 apartments will be sold to single career women.

Ms Conisbee said most single women preferred to buy affordable apartments in central city locations.

Overwhelmingly, the largest number of purchases are of units in areas where very large numbers of units are available. Topping the list nationally is Melbourne CBD where there has been 7,750 purchases of apartments by single females since 2014. The Gold Coast,however, has also made several appearances on the list with Surfers Paradise coming in second (3,386 purchases).”—

The data shows Victoria has the highest proportion of single female purchasers and NSW the lowest. Ms Conisbee said very high levels of development in Melbourne had given single women more opportunities to buy. Incidentally, greater supply in Melbourne is a key reason why median home values have not increased as much as other cities over the past year. CoreLogic data shows Melbourne home values have risen just 3.2 percent over the past 12 months compared to 9.6 percent in Sydney and 15.9 percent in Brisbane.

Single women seeking to buy a house also targeted more affordable city fringe and regional areas. The statistics was calculated using Valuer General data on more than five million sales from 2014 to 2022 and cross referencing first names using an artificial intelligence application called Genderize to deliver the largest research sample available documenting single female purchasing patterns.

Top 10 suburbs for single female purchases (apartments) 2014-2022

1. Melbourne CBD, Victoria
2. Surfers Paradise, Queensland
3. Southbank, Victoria
4. South Yarra, Victoria
5. Southport, Queensland
6. Docklands, Victoria
7. St Kilda, Victoria
8. South Brisbane, Queensland
9. Labrador, Queensland
10. Richmond, Victoria

Top 10 suburbs for single female purchases (houses) 2014-2022

1. Point Cook, Victoria
2. Pakenham, Victoria
3. Craigieburn, Victoria
4. Mildura, Victoria
5. Traralgon, Victoria
6. Berwick, Victoria
7. Warrnambool, Victoria
8. Shepparton, Victoria
9. Werribee, Victoria
10. Sunbury, Victoria


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Should AI Have Access to Your Medical Records? What if It Can Save Many Lives?

We asked readers: Is it worth giving up some potential privacy if the public benefit could be great? Here’s what they said.

Tue, May 28, 2024 4 min

We’re constantly told that one of the potentially biggest benefits of artificial intelligence is in the area of health. By collecting large amounts of data, AI can create all sorts of drugs for diseases that have been resistant to treatment.

But the price of that could be that we have to share more of our medical information. After all, researchers can’t collect large amounts of data if people aren’t willing to part with that data.

We wanted to see where our readers stand on the balance of privacy versus public-health gains as part of our series on ethical dilemmas created by the advent of AI.

Here are the questions we posed…

AI may be able to discover new medical treatments if it can scan large volumes of health records. Should our personal health records be made available for this purpose, if it has the potential to improve or save millions of lives? How would we guard privacy in that case?

…and some of the answers we received. undefined

Rely on nonpartisan overseers

While my own recent experience with a data breach highlights the importance of robust data security, I recognise the potential for AI to revolutionise healthcare. To ensure privacy, I would be more comfortable if an independent, nonpartisan body—overseen by medical professionals, data-security experts, and citizen representatives—managed a secure database.

Anonymity cuts both ways

Yes. Simply sanitise the health records of any identifying information, which is quite doable. Although there is an argument to be made that AI may discover something that an individual needs or wants to know.

Executive-level oversight

I think we can make AI scanning of health records available with strict privacy controls. Create an AI-CEO position at medical facilities with extreme vetting of that individual before hiring them.

Well worth it

This actually sounds like a very GOOD use of AI. There are several methods for anonymising data which would allow for studies over massive cross-sections of the population without compromising individuals’ privacy. The AI would just be doing the same things meta-studies do now, only faster and maybe better.

Human touch

My concern is that the next generations of doctors will rely more heavily, maybe exclusively, on AI and lose the ability or even the desire to respect the art of medicine which demands one-on-one interaction with a patient for discussion and examination (already a dying skill).


People should be able to sign over rights to their complete “anonymised” health record upon death just as they can sign over rights to their organs. Waiting for death for such access does temporarily slow down the pace of such research, but ultimately will make the research better. Data sets will be more complete, too. Before signing over such rights, however, a person would have to be fully informed on how their relatives’ privacy may also be affected.

Pay me or make it free for all

As long as this is open-source and free, they can use my records. I have a problem with people using my data to make a profit without compensation.

Privacy above all

As a free society, we value freedoms and privacy, often over greater utilitarian benefits that could come. AI does not get any greater right to infringe on that liberty than anything else does.

Opt-in only

You should be able to opt in and choose a plan that protects your privacy.

Privacy doesn’t exist anyway

If it is decided to extend human lives indefinitely, then by all means, scan all health records. As for privacy, there is no such thing. All databases, once established, will eventually, if not immediately, be accessed or hacked by both the good and bad guys.

The data’s already out there

I think it should be made available. We already sign our rights for information over to large insurance companies. Making health records in the aggregate available for helping AI spot potential ways to improve medical care makes sense to me.

Overarching benefit

Of course they should be made available. Privacy is no serious concern when the benefits are so huge for so many.

Compensation for breakthroughs

We should be given the choice to release our records and compensated if our particular genome creates a pathway to treatment and medications.

Too risky

I like the idea of improving healthcare by accessing health records. However, as great as that potential is, the risks outweigh it. Access to the information would not be controlled. Too many would see personal opportunity in it for personal gain.

Nothing personal

The personal info should never be available to anyone who is not specifically authorised by the patient to have it. Medical information can be used to deny people employment or licenses!

No guarantee, but go ahead

This should be allowed on an anonymous basis, without question. But how to provide that anonymity?

Anonymously isolating the information is probably easy, but that information probably contains enough information to identify you if someone had access to the data and was strongly motivated. So the answer lies in restricting access to the raw data to trusted individuals.

Take my records, please

As a person with multiple medical conditions taking 28 medications a day, I highly endorse the use of my records. It is an area where I have found AI particularly valuable. With no medical educational background, I find it very helpful when AI describes in layman’s terms both my conditions and medications. In one instance, while interpreting a CT scan, AI noted a growth on my kidney that looked suspiciously like cancer and had not been disclosed to me by any of the four doctors examining the chart.


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