Share of US homebuyers looking to move to a different metro at record 32.6% in Q2, up from 32.3% in Q1; San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York saw the most homebuyers looking to leave, while Miami and Tampa saw the highest inflow: Redfin

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Homebuyers are seeking out less expensive locales like Tampa and San Antonio, partly because the surging cost of housing and other goods is limiting their ability to buy homes in many U.S. cities

A record 32.6% of Redfin.com users nationwide looked to move from one metro to another in the second quarter, up slightly from 32.3% in the first quarter and roughly 26% before the pandemic, according to a new report from Redfin (redfin.com), the technology-powered real estate brokerage.

The housing market has slowed following a pandemic-driven buying frenzy, with home sales falling and supply starting to rise due to rising mortgage rates, high home prices, inflation and a faltering economy. But the people who can still afford to buy continue to relocate at unprecedented levels, largely because surging housing costs are putting expensive metros further out of reach. That makes relatively affordable places like Tampa and San Antonio more attractive.

“The typical home in San Francisco or San Jose now costs more than $1.5 million. Add in today’s 5%-plus mortgage rates and you have a sky-high monthly payment,” said Redfin Deputy Chief Economist Taylor Marr. “Those factors, along with more companies giving employees the permanent flexibility to work remotely, are driving a larger portion of buyers to consider homes in other parts of the country. Someone who would have to stretch beyond their budget in Los Angeles may be able to comfortably afford a home in Phoenix or San Antonio.”

Florida is seeing more homebuyers move in than a year ago

Miami was the most popular migration destination in the second quarter, unchanged from the first quarter. Popularity is measured by net inflow, or how many more Redfin.com users looked to move into an area than leave.

Another Florida metro, Tampa, came in second, followed by Phoenix, Sacramento and Las Vegas. Cape Coral, FL, San Diego, North Port, FL, San Antonio, TX and Dallas round out the top 10. Warm, Sun Belt metros are perennial favorites for relocators.

Migration into Florida continues to pick up, with net inflow into Miami, Tampa, Cape Coral and North Port higher than it was a year earlier. New York and Chicago are the most common origins of homebuyers looking to move into those metros.

“Tampa is still attracting a lot of out-of-state homebuyers, coming from places like New York, who can get more for their money in Florida,” said Eric Auciello, a Redfin manager in Tampa. “The spike in mortgage rates has priced some buyers out of the market, but it has also helped ease competition and curb bidding wars between locals and out of towners. A lot of buyers who kept getting outbid at the peak of the market are now getting their offers accepted, and in some cases they’re even able to use FHA loans, make smaller down payments and keep the appraisal contingency.”

That marks a shift from the height of the pandemic buying frenzy, when sellers were often more likely to accept offers that used conventional loans and waived contingencies.

Movement into San Diego and San Antonio is also on the upswing, with higher net inflow in the second quarter than a year earlier. Los Angeles is a common origin for people relocating to both of those places.

Meanwhile, net inflow into Phoenix, Sacramento, Las Vegas and Dallas has started to slow down from last year. That’s partly because home prices have risen so much in those areas, taking them from relatively affordable to not-so-affordable. Prices in Phoenix, for instance, rose 20% year over year to $485,000 in June, and in Las Vegas they rose 23% to $450,000. Still, these places are significantly more affordable than coastal hubs like San Francisco and New York.

Top 10 Metros by Net Inflow of Users and Their Top Origins

Rank

Metro*

Net Inflow,
Q2 2022

Net Inflow,
Q2 2021

Portion of
Searches
from Users
Outside the
Metro, Q2 2022

Portion of
Searches
from Users
Outside the
Metro, Q2 2021

Top Origin

Top Out-of-State
Origin

 

1

Miami, FL

12,614

9,830

33.3%

31.5%

New York, NY

New York, NY

2

Tampa, FL

9,841

7,939

49.3%

55.3%

Orlando, FL

New York, NY

3

Phoenix, AZ

9,730

11,464

36.3%

37.5%

Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles, CA

4

Sacramento, CA

9,640

9,742

42.5%

47.3%

San Francisco, CA

Seattle, WA

5

Las Vegas, NV

8,597

10,984

46.2%

50.0%

Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles, CA

6

Cape Coral, FL

7,015

6,464

67.1%

74.9%

Chicago, IL

Chicago, IL

7

San Diego, CA

6,804

3,100

31.9%

28.8%

Los Angeles, CA

Seattle, WA

8

North Port, FL

6,626

5,167

66.8%

75.8%

Chicago, IL

Chicago, IL

9

San Antonio, TX

5,335

4,356

41.8%

44.7%

Austin, TX

Los Angeles, CA

10

Dallas, TX

4,964

7,458

24.8%

28.4%

Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles, CA

*Combined statistical areas with at least 500 users in Q2 2022

†Among the two million users sampled for this analysis only

 

Migration out of San Francisco is increasing, while migration out of New York is declining

San Francisco had the highest net outflow of any major U.S. metro in the second quarter, unchanged from the first quarter. Net outflow is a measure of how many more Redfin.com users looked to leave a metro area than move in.

Los Angeles, New York, Washington, D.C. and Seattle round out the top five; it’s typical that homebuyers look to move out of expensive job centers.

As permanent remote work becomes the norm for many workers, even more homebuyers are moving out of most of those expensive cities than a year ago. Net outflow increased year over year in four of the five top places people are leaving. One exception is New York, where outflow is slowing.

Top 10 Metros by Net Outflow of Users and Their Top Destinations

Rank

Metro*

Net Outflow,
Q2 2022

Net Outflow.
Q2 2021

Portion of
Local Users
Searching
Elsewhere,
Q2 2022

Portion of |
Local Users
Searching
Elsewhere,
Q2 2021

Top
Destination

Top Out-of-State
Destination

 

1

San Francisco, CA

48,718

45,703

23.2%

23.9%

Sacramento, CA

Seattle, WA

2

Los Angeles, CA

40,632

33,712

19.4%

18.6%

San Diego, CA

Phoenix, AZ

3

New York, NY

35,165

48,731

28.4%

34.3%

Philadelphia, PA

Philadelphia, PA

4

Washington, DC

24,492

18,179

16.7%

15%

Salisbury, MD

Salisbury, MD

5

Seattle, WA

18,594

6,177

17.6%

15.4%

Phoenix, AZ

Phoenix, AZ

6

Boston, MA

12,493

5,023

18.1%

15.3%

Portland, ME

Portland, ME

7

Detroit, MI

7,334

3,192

34.2%

26.8%

Cleveland, OH

Cleveland, OH

8

Denver, CO

5,635

9,065

29.4%

30.4%

Chicago, IL

Chicago, IL

9

Chicago, IL

4,769

7,115

13.6%

12.8%

Cape Coral, FL

Cape Coral, FL

10

Minneapolis, MN

2,795

10

24.5%

20.9%

Chicago, IL

Chicago, IL

*Combined statistical areas with at least 500 users in Q2 2022

†Among the two million users sampled for this analysis only

 

To view the full report, please visit: https://www.redfin.com/news/q2-2022-housing-migration-trends/

About Redfin

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press@redfin.com

Source: Redfin

Released July 18, 2022

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