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More women take on home improvement projects

Posted on Friday, December 21, 2012 at 5:22:06 PM

In the past, home improvement projects gained the reputation of being a man's job, but a new report indicates that a greater number of women are getting their hands dirty around the house.

Women have made numerous gains in the real estate industry during recent years. In fact, economically independent women are twice as likely to own a home than men in similar positions, according to a report from the National Association of Realtors. As a result, it's up to women to keep their properties in good working shape.

"But the truth is, nothing belongs to anybody anymore," Slate's Double X blog co-founder Hanna Rosin told the Washington Post. "If men can quilt and take over the kitchen, then women can pick up a wrench and fix a leaky pipe."

Regardless of gender lines, home remodeling spending is expected to surge in the new year, according to a report from the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University.

However, just because consumers are more willing to spend money on home improvement projects, doesn't mean they should break the bank in the process. Instead, they should consider home improvement financing to help pay for their updates.ADNFCR-16001052-ID-800932092-ADNFCR