In working with buyers many Realtors have noted over time that the U.S. family structure has been changing from the "Leave it to Beaver", "Father Knows Best", nuclear family to many singles and other family categories.
Many new home buyers are single women, either who have always been single or are coming out of a prior relationship.
It is important to not think of family always in the traditional sense with the two to four kids and two parents in house but that family may be of many forms nowadays. Each has their own needs.
And in this holiday season, family extends to friends as well that may be as close if not closer than real family members. Family is what you feel is your family. Those that truly care about you no matter what!