More Potential Buyers Searching For Homes Outside Their Metros

More home shoppers are searching out-of-market in Q1 2022, according to a new report from Realtor.com. Realtor.com looked at data from its website on where prospective buyers are searching for homes to identify migration patterns. In Q1 2022, 59.7% of Realtor.com listing page views came from shoppers looking for homes in metros other than where they live. This was up 1.9% from Q4 2021 and 4.6% YOY. Pageviews in areas with relatively lower median listing prices rose. Regions with warmer climates that have historically been inexpensive are the most popular search areas. Southern and Sun Belt markets are especially attractive to out-of-market and out-of-state viewers. Realtor.com shoppers in the Northeast were the most likely to look at listings in other…

Average Homeowners Spend 13 Years In Their Home

The average American has now lived 13.2 years in their home, up from 2012’s 10.1 years but down from 2020’s 13.5-year record, Redfin reported. The report notes that last year’s high migration rates contributed to the downturn from 2020’s peak, though Americans continue aging in place, keeping the average inflated.  One-third of U.S. household heads were at least 65 years old in 2019. Housing analysts are already thinking about the changing face of the market as that number grows. Rising rents, stock shortages, and the number of homeowners who refinanced are also likely keeping people in their homes longer. “Homeowner tenure may have already peaked, or the decline in 2021 could be a blip before it climbs back up,” said…

Inflation Rising In High-Migration Cities

The Great Migration is driving up inflation in the most popular destinations, a new Redfin report reveals. Looking at the correlation between inflation and migration in the metros, Redfin users are looking to move. Their analysis showed that high migration rates are linked to rising inflation. The tenth most popular destination in Q4 2021, Atlanta, saw inflation rise by 8.9% year-over-year in the same period, the highest inflation rate of all metros in their analysis. “Migration is one reason among many why the cost of everything from food to fuel is rising,” said Redfin Deputy Chief Economist Taylor Marr. “An influx of people moving to a popular, relatively affordable place like Atlanta increases demand for housing and transportation, pushing up…

Study: Americans Moving To Be Closer To Family

A new study from United Van Lines found Americans moved to lower-density areas to be closer to their families in 2021. The study, which uses data from the migration patterns of United Van Lines customers, found Vermont and South Dakota had the highest inbound migration, at 74% and 69%, respectively. South Carolina (63%), West Virginia (63%), and Florida (62%) also had high inbound migration rates. New Jersey had the highest number of people moving out of the state, at 71%, for the fourth year in a row. Illinois (67%), New York (63%), Connecticut (60%), and California (59%) also saw high outbound migration. Kentucky and Wyoming were among several “balanced” states that saw similar numbers of people moving in and out.…

What Slowdown? Homebuyer Demand Hits Three Year Peak

Home prices have fallen a bit in recent weeks thanks to increasing inventory and buyer sticker shock, but expectations of a cooling market may be premature. A new report from Redfin found that early homebuyer demand reached its highest point in at least three years during the four-week period ending September 19. The report showed other housing market measures slowing at a normal rate for the end of summer. Pending sales fell 12% from their 2021 peak, and the number of homes selling above their list price fell. Time on market rose to 20 days. Asking prices also rose 2.4%. While that’s typical for September, the number itself is not: the median asking price rose 11% year-over-year to $359,724, an…

Hello, Idaho. Adios, Jersey. Where We Moved In 2020

Americans packed up the moving vans and fled New Jersey and New York at a higher rate than any other state in 2020, with the U.S. migration patterns continuing to be to the West and South, according to the annual United Van Lines national migration study released Monday. The study, which tracks moves using United Van Lines, found that Idaho was the highest percentage of inbound migration at 70 percent. New Jersey led the way for outbound traffic for the third straight year, with 70 percent leaving – followed by New York and Illinois (both at 67 percent). “United Van Lines’ data makes it clear that migration to western and southern states, a prevalent pattern for the past several years,…