Written by Taylor Marr | Redfin
In an analysis of a sample of nearly one million Redfin.com users searching for homes across 75 metro areas in the first three months of 2017, we found that one in five (19.8%) searched mostly1 for homes outside their home metro2. Among them, about half searched exclusively in other metros. Three trends dominated the migration patterns seen in Redfin.com user searches last quarter:
Movement of Bay Area residents to more affordable metro areas dominated the nation’s migration patterns in the first quarter.
Metro areas in the South attracted migrants from the coasts.
Chicago, Boston and Seattle had perhaps the most dedicated residents, with more than nine out of 10 local users planning to stay in the area.