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Political preferences increasingly influence migration patterns: Redfin | Black Kite Express

Many factors drive homeowners to move, and local laws and policies are increasingly among them. About a third (32%) of real estate agents say they have worked with at least one client who wanted to move for political reasons, according to a new study. red fin report.

Typically, housing affordability and proximity to family and work centers tend to be high on the list of must-haves when choosing a destination to live. But the post-pandemic world, with the widespread adoption of remote work, has given homebuyers more leeway in evaluating where they want to live.

Home buyers have the opportunity to factor their political preferences into the equation of where they want to live. And a record share of homebuyers moved to a different metro area in 2023.

Between June and August of last year, 26% of homebuyers were looking to move to another part of the country, according to a separate Redfin report. The most common migration routes for home buyers last year were from blue states to red or purple states: San Francisco to Austin, Seattle to Phoenix, and New York to Orlando and other parts of Florida.

Although many homebuyers moved in hopes of finding a more affordable lifestyle, some sought a more conservative environment. Many red states also tend to have lower taxes and fewer restrictions on corporations, which attracts business-minded people.

States have drastically different laws on partisan issues like abortion or gun control, and many Americans say they prefer to live in a place with laws that align with their political views.

Andrew Vallejo, a Redfin Premier agent in Austin, has a lot of experience with clients who move for political reasons.

“I know at least 10 people who have moved out of Texas in the last year, mainly because they don’t agree with state laws,” Vallejo said. “They’ve all moved to the West Coast, to blue places where policies better align with their personal views, specifically when it comes to women’s reproductive rights and LGBTQ rights.”

The survey commissioned by Redfin was conducted by Qualtrics, which interviewed 500 real estate agents from different brokerages in the US. The survey was conducted in December 2023.

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