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Post-Relocation, 80% of Respondents Have No Regrets

About two-thirds of surveyed users who relocated in the last year have the same or lower housing costs and almost as many said those new homes are the same size or bigger, according to a new Redfin report. Key survey findings from users who moved to a different metro area from March 2020 through March 2021:

  • 78 percent have the same or more disposable income after the move
  • 68 percent have the same or lower housing costs than before the move
  • 64 percent moved into a home that’s the same size or bigger than the previous residence 
  • 80 percent have no regrets about their decision to relocate
  • 80 percent are happier post-move

Redfin conducted the survey during the first two weeks of April, surveying about 500 users who moved to a different metro area in the last year or plan to relocate in the next year. While housing costs went down and disposable income went up for many respondents, 64 percent reported moving into homes that are bigger or at least the same size as previous homes, likely because many homebuyers moved to metro areas with more affordable housing.

For 27 percent of respondents who have either moved in the last year or plan to move in the next year, living somewhere more affordable is a motivating factor in those moves, and 21 percent said they’re relocating to areas with lower taxes.


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About Lisa Brown

Lisa Brown has decades of experience in corporate communications and marketing management with organizations including Coldwell Banker Residential, Grubb & Ellis, Marcus & Millichap, NAIOP, SIOR and ALM. In those positions, she worked in conjunction with chief executive officers and chief marketing officers to create corporate messaging, cohesive branding standards, strategic marketing plans and thought pieces. Brown is a frequent speaker at industry events and an editing adjunct professor for an online course. She has a master’s degree in mass communications from San Jose State University.

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