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July 23, 2020, 8:00 a.m. EDT

More Than 27% of Homebuyers Are Searching Out of Town, With Phoenix, Sacramento and Las Vegas the Most Popular Destinations

The coronavirus pandemic is causing homebuyers to rethink what they want in a home, with more people relocating to places where they can afford more outdoor space and room for home offices, according to Redfin agents

SEATTLE, July 23, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --  /zigman2/quotes/203726414/composite RDFN -1.53%  -- A record 27.4% of Redfin.com users looked to move to another metro area in the second quarter of 2020, according to a new report from Redfin ( www.redfin.com ), the technology-powered real estate brokerage. That's up from 25.2% in the second quarter of 2019 and 26.0% in the first quarter of this year.

"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," said Redfin economist Taylor Marr. "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."

The latest migration analysis is based on a sample of more than 1 million Redfin.com users who searched for homes across 87 metro areas in the second quarter of 2020, excluding searches unlikely to precede an actual relocation or home purchase. Last month, Redfin published a preliminary look at second-quarter migration patterns, which showed that 27.0% of home searchers were looking to move to another metro in April and May. This report includes full second-quarter numbers, which are similar but not identical to those in the previous report.

Phoenix, Sacramento and Las Vegas are the most popular destinations

The most popular places for Redfin.com users to look to move into are typically inland areas with affordable housing, and the second quarter of 2020 was no exception. Phoenix, Sacramento, Las Vegas, Austin and Atlanta had the biggest net inflows of Redfin.com users in the second quarter. A net inflow means more people are looking to move in than leave, and a net outflow means more people are looking to leave than move in.

The most popular destinations have become more popular since last year, with all of them experiencing an uptick in the number of homebuyers looking to move in since the second quarter of 2019.

People from New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles are driving homebuyer interest in the most popular destinations. One of those three metros clocked in as the top out-of-state origin for nine of the top 10 most popular destinations.

"There's an influx of people moving into Phoenix," said local Redfin agent Thomas Wiederstein. "They're coming from areas like California, Texas, Washington, Chicago, and plenty from the East Coast. The cost of living here is a huge driver, but weather also plays a big role with many looking to avoid those cold winters. With the pandemic, there are a ton of out-of-towners planning to work remotely who'd like a big backyard and office space, which didn't used to be so high on their priority lists. They can get those things for around $400,000 here in the Phoenix area."

Top 10 Metros by Net Inflow of Users and Their Top Origins
Rank Metro* Net Inflow (Q2 2020)+ Net Inflow (Q2 2019) Portion of Searches from Users Outside the Metro (Q2 2020) Portion of Searches from Users Outside the Metro (Q2 2019) Top Origin Top Out-of-State Origin Median Sale Price (June 2020)
1 Phoenix, AZ 9,428 8,232 35.1% 33.8% Los Angeles, CA Los Angeles, CA $310,000
2 Sacramento, CA 8,935 6,860 46.6% 42.6% San Francisco, CA Reno, NV $445,000
3 Las Vegas, NV 7,136 5,687 46.6% 44.4% Los Angeles, CA Los Angeles, CA $309,000
4 Austin, TX 6,770 5,403 35.6% 32.8% San Francisco, CA San Francisco, CA $341,795
5 Atlanta, GA 6,680 6,157 26.4% 26.7% New York, NY New York, NY $269,900
6 Dallas, TX 5,605 4,101 27.6% 23.9% Los Angeles, CA Los Angeles, CA $315,000
7 Tampa, FL 4,955 4,178 57.4% 56.4% Orlando, FL New York, NY $259,000
8 Miami, FL 4,279 3,938 27.3% 25.7% New York, NY New York, NY $340,500
9 Nashville, TN 3,616 2,321 35.4% 29.1% New York, NY New York, NY $320,000
10 Charlotte, NC 3,380 2,912 39.7% 40.0% New York, NY New York, NY $289,945
*Combined statistical areas with at least 500 users in Q2 2020

New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C. and Chicago are the top five places with the biggest net outflows in the second quarter. Expensive coastal cities typically see the most out-migration.

"We have a lot of buyers moving to Palm Springs permanently from Los Angeles and Orange County because their employers have given them permission to work from home," said local Redfin agent Nikki Byron. "Palm Springs has historically been primarily a vacation home market with a lot of retirees, so it's interesting to see the shift toward full-time residents. Buyers who are relocating from more expensive areas are happy to get a nice home with three bedrooms and outdoor space priced between $350,000 and $600,000."

San Francisco, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Seattle, Denver and Boston have all experienced year-over-year increases in the share of local Redfin.com users looking to move away. And more people were looking to move out of Boston than move in during the second quarter, a reversal from last year. The portion of Redfin.com users in New York looking to move away has declined since last year, but that's likely because a lot of New Yorkers searching for homes elsewhere have already left the metro so their search origins reflect their current location.

Top 10 Metros by Net Outflow of Users and Their Top Destinations
Rank Metro* Net Outflow (Q2 2020)+ Net Outflow (Q2 2019) Portion of Local Users Searching Elsewhere (Q2 2020) Portion of Local Users Searching Elsewhere (Q2 2019) Top Destination Top Out-of-State Destination Median Sale Price (June 2020)
1 New York, NY 33,963 35,938 35.2% 39.8% Atlanta, GA Atlanta, GA $520,000
2 San Francisco, CA 31,788 28,210 22.7% 21.0% Sacramento, CA Seattle, WA $1,550,000
3 Los Angeles, CA 17,041 16,190 15.9% 16.2% San Diego, CA Phoenix, AZ $655,000
4 Washington, DC 10,550 7,842 12.8% 11.3% Salisbury, MD Salisbury, MD $440,500
5 Chicago, IL 6,697 4,726 11.7% 10.3% Phoenix, AZ Phoenix, AZ $269,900
6 Seattle, WA 6,007 363 13.7% 11.2% Los Angeles, CA Los Angeles, CA $615,000
7 Denver, CO 4,943 4,117 24.8% 23.6% Seattle, WA Seattle, WA $440,000
8 Boston, MA 2,864 -3,850 11.8% 10.2% Portland, ME Portland, ME $542,250
9 Milwaukee, WI 1,553 1,325 37.3% 38.3% Chicago, IL Chicago, IL $250,000
10 Rockford, IL 911 432 85.1% 79.1% Chicago, IL Madison, WI $143,000
*Combined statistical areas with at least 500 users in Q2 2020

To read the full report, including additional insight from Redfin agents, please visit: https://www.redfin.com/blog/q2-2020-housing-migration-trends .

About Redfin Redfin ( www.redfin.com ) is a technology-powered residential real estate company, including brokerage, iBuying, mortgage, and title services. Founded by software engineers, we run the country's #1 most-visited brokerage website and offer a host of online tools to consumers, including the Redfin Estimate. We represent people buying and selling homes in over 90 markets in the United States and Canada. In a commission-driven industry, our mission is to redefine real estate in the consumer's favor. We do this by pairing our own agents with our own technology to create a service that is faster, better, and costs less. Since our launch in 2006, we have helped customers buy or sell more than 235,000 homes worth more than $115 billion.

For more information or to contact a local Redfin real estate agent, visit www.redfin.com . To learn about housing market trends and download data, visit the Redfin Data Center. To be added to Redfin's press release distribution list, email press@redfin.com. To view Redfin's press center, click here.


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