Affordability and warmer metros continue to attract homebuyers.
For homebuyers, affordability, job opportunities and outdoor amenities are major driving factors for relocation. Our previous analysis showed that homebuyers who relocated to another metro in recent years often chose metros adjacent to their current location and/or had a lower cost of living.
Although homebuyers were weighing these considerations before COVID-19, the migration rate to cities featuring these factors grew during the pandemic. With the combination of low for-sale inventory, low interest rates and a shift to a more flexible working environment, more people moved out of expensive metros in search of affordability, outdoor amenities and warmer weather.