Who says you have to be married before you buy a house?  Single women in the U.S. are currently buying more homes than their single male counterparts.

In fact, there's been an upward trend in single female home purchasing since the mid '90's.

In 2012, single women accounted for 18% of house ownership, while single men only accounted for 10%.

Real estate experts say a safe neighborhood is a top priority for female buyers, as well as a location convenient to friends and family.

If you dream of decorating your own home, planting a garden in your backyard or being able to vacuum after 10 p.m., here are some websites to check out for a listing of houses and some other useful information.

Are you ready to start the search?  Here are a few links featuring homes for sale in Sioux Falls and the surrounding towns.