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More Than a Quarter of Buyers Seek Out‑of‑Town Moves

Debra Granite, Keller Williams


Since the start of the pandemic, a growing number of Americans are rethinking where they want to call home and searching for places where they can find more outdoor space and room for home offices, according to new research from Redfin.

One online portal reports that 27.4% of its online visitors were looking to move to another metro in the second quarter of 2020—an all-time high, up from 25.2% in the second quarter of 2019. Redfin’s migration analysis reflects a sample of more than 1 million users who searched for homes across 87 metros in the second quarter.

“The factors driving a surge in overall homebuyer demand—low mortgage rates and changes in what people are looking for in a home are lighting a fire in people who were already considering a move to a different area,” says Taylor Marr, Redfin’s chief economist. “Add in employers’ increasingly flexible remote work policies and the fact residents of many big coastal cities can’t fully enjoy their local amenities, and the people who have long wanted to live in a more affordable area or closer to family are incentivized to make the move soon. As we enter the second half of the year, I expect more people to move from one part of the country to another as the pandemic continues to influence people’s priorities and lifestyles. But it’s also important to note that some pandemic-driven moves are temporary, and the stories about families hiding out in remote cabins won’t all result in home purchases or permanent relocation.”

Source: National Association of Realtors, Realtor Magazine

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Debra Granite, Realtor Keller Williams Real Estate, Doylestown, PA