Why do you Want to Move?

Top Reasons People Want to Move

Seventy-five percent of the households surveyed cited one or more location-related reasons for why they were moving. The top reasons were the desire for a safer neighborhood (30%); being closer to family (27%); a change of climate (26%); being closer to work (25%), and moving for a new job (23%).

More than half — 59 percent — of households say they don’t plan to go too far, with most indicating a move within 30 miles of their current home.

For those seeking a location for climate reasons, the Western and Southern U.S. continue to be the top destinations.

The following were the top location characteristics identified as “very important” by those surveyed:

  • Amenities/services in walking distance (39%)
  • Good school district (34%)
  • Close to work (32%)
  • Diverse neighborhood (26%)
  • Near public transit (25%)

Many movers say they’re eyeing more walkable communities. Indeed, walkable communities have been reporting stronger home-price growth compared to less walkable communities, according to the Demand Institute’s report. Those who reside in walkable communities also are more likely to report that their quality of life has improved in the past few years due to their change in residence.

As such, Americans are desiring more amenities near them. Of those surveyed, the following places were identified as what home buyers would most like to have near their future home:

  • Grocery stores (63% say short drive OK; 22% want it within walking distance)
  • Restaurants and cafes (56% short drive; 20% walking distance)
  • Parks and green space (40% short drive; 35% walking distance)
  • Healthcare services (62% short drive; 10% walking distance)
  • Retail (57% short drive; 12% walking distance)
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Before going into real estate in 2001, I worked in the medical field. Found it very rewarding helping others and decided to make a switch and help those, who want to achieve the "American Dream". As a homeowner, I know the importance of home ownership and nothing gives me more pleasure than to place those keys into the hands of a new homeowner. I look forward to helping you, with all your real estate needs.

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