October 24, 2018
Redfin Report: Migration Trends Accelerate as More People Look to Leave Denver, San Francisco and Los Angeles
More people are moving to affordable, low-tax inland job centers in states like Florida, Texas and Tennessee

SEATTLE, Oct. 24, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- (NASDAQ: RDFN) -- In the third quarter of 2018 people moved away from high-cost coastal markets like San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., in increasing numbers, according to the latest migration report from Redfin (www.redfin.com), the next-generation real estate brokerage. Meanwhile, more affordable areas like Sacramento, Atlanta and Phoenix continued to draw thousands of potential new residents. The analysis is based on a sample of more than 1 million Redfin.com users who searched for homes across 80 metro areas from July through September.

Nationally, 25 percent of Redfin.com home searchers looked to move to another metro area in the third quarter, compared to 22 percent during the same period last year. Affordability continues to be a driving factor causing people to move away from the coasts.

"Rising mortgage rates are exacerbating affordability issues that have been driving people out of expensive coastal metros for the past few years," said Redfin chief economist Daryl Fairweather. "With rates no longer near historic lows, buyers are increasingly cost-conscious, seeking more affordable homes in low-tax states in the South and middle of the country."

Moving Out – Metros with the Highest Net Outflow of Redfin Users
San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C. and Denver posted the highest net outflows in the third quarter. Net outflow is defined as the number of people looking to leave the metro minus the number of people looking to move to the metro. A net outflow means there are more people looking to leave than people looking to move in, while a net inflow means more people are looking to move in than leave.

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

Rank

Metro*

Net Outflow†

Net Outflow Last Year

Portion of Local Users Searching Elsewhere

Portion of Local Users Searching Elsewhere Last Year

Top Destination

Top Out-of-State Destination

1

San Francisco, CA

28,143

16,952

21.9%

17.9%

Sacramento, CA

Seattle, WA

2

New York, NY

23,214

16,647

34.4%

34.4%

Boston, MA

Boston, MA

3

Los Angeles, CA

14,129

15,889

15.8%

15.4%

San Diego, CA

Las Vegas, NV

4

Washington, DC

6,592

5,677

10.4%

10.6%

Philadelphia, PA

Philadelphia, PA

5

Denver, CO

3,290

163

23.9%

17.7%

Seattle, WA

Seattle, WA

6

Chicago, IL

3,050

2,125

9.1%

8.3%

Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles, CA

7

Spokane, WA

908

N/A



Seattle, WA

Portland, OR

8

Milwaukee, WI

899

152

40.2%

36.1%

Chicago, IL

Chicago, IL

9

Houston, TX

578

328

25.5%

24.4%

Austin, TX

Los Angeles, CA

10

Orlando, FL

492

-345

44.7%

35.0%

Miami, FL

Atlanta, GA

*Combined statistical areas with at least 500 users in Q3 2018

†Among the one million users sampled for this analysis only

Denver: Outflow Accelerates
After debuting on the list of top ten metro areas with a net outflow at number seven in the first quarter and moving up to number six in the second quarter, Denver moved up again in the third quarter to pass Chicago at number five. Of all Denverites using Redfin, 24 percent were searching for homes in another metro, up from 17 percent during the same time period a year earlier. Among the Denverites who were searching elsewhere, approximately 23 percent were looking at more affordable metros within the state: Colorado Springs and Fort Collins.

Of all San Francisco Bay Area residents using Redfin, 22 percent were searching for homes in another metro, up from 18 percent during the same time period a year earlier. Of New Yorkers, 34 percent looked to leave, about the same as last year. Of Los Angelenos, 16 percent looked to leave, compared to 15 percent last year.

Moving In – Metros with the Highest Net Inflow of Redfin Users
The places attracting the most people are mostly the same regions that have been growing throughout the past year, including Sacramento, Atlanta, Phoenix and Portland. The metro areas seeing the biggest inflows of new residents are the big cities where home prices are still relatively affordable and job markets are strong. Median prices in the metro areas seeing the largest net inflow average around $150,000 below prices in the metro areas with the largest net outflow.

"We talk with a lot of people moving to Atlanta from areas experiencing more of a slowdown, and they seem to think Atlanta is too good to be true," said Atlanta Redfin agent Ashley Ward. "Benefits of Atlanta that keep drawing people here include top-notch public education, affordable housing, an appreciating market and more job opportunities."

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

Rank

Metro*

Net Inflow†

Net Inflow LY

Portion of Searches from Users Outside the Metro

Top Origin

Top Out-of-State Origin

1

Sacramento, CA

7,029

5,081

42.5%

San Francisco, CA

Las Vegas, NV

2

Atlanta, GA

5,466

2,993

26.5%

New York, NY

New York, NY

3

Phoenix, AZ

5,258

3,200

32.4%

Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles, CA

4

Portland, OR

3,904

983

18.7%

San Francisco, CA

San Francisco, CA

5

San Diego, CA

3,206

5,979

24.8%

Los Angeles, CA

New York, NY

6

Miami, FL

3,019

1,324

28.0%

Orlando, FL

New York, NY

7

Austin, TX

2,983

1,488

27.5%

San Francisco, CA

San Francisco, CA

8

Tampa, FL

2,811

1,517

51.0%

Miami, FL

Washington, DC

9

Dallas, TX

2,741

1,873

22.5%

Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles, CA

10

Nashville, TN

2,603

1,653

32.8%

New York, NY

New York, NY

*Combined statistical areas with at least 500 users in Q3 2018

†Negative values indicate a net outflow; among the one million users sampled for this analysis only

To read the full report, complete with more data, interactive migration maps and methodology, please visit: https://www.redfin.com/blog/2018/10/q3-2018-migration-report.html

About Redfin
Redfin (www.redfin.com) is the next-generation real estate brokerage, combining its own full-service agents with modern technology to redefine real estate in the consumer's favor. Founded by software engineers, Redfin has the country's #1 brokerage website and offers a host of online tools to consumers, including the Redfin Estimate, the automated home-value estimate with the industry's lowest published error rate for listed homes. Homebuyers and sellers enjoy a full-service, technology-powered experience from Redfin real estate agents, while saving thousands in commissions. Redfin serves more than 80 major metro areas across the U.S. The company has closed more than $60 billion in home sales.

For more information or to contact a local Redfin real estate agent, visit www.redfin.com. To learn about housing market trends and download data, visit the Redfin Data Center. To be added to Redfin's press release distribution list, subscribe here. To view Redfin's press center, click here.

View original content to download multimedia:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/redfin-report-migration-trends-accelerate-as-more-people-look-to-leave-denver-san-francisco-and-los-angeles-300736689.html

SOURCE Redfin

Redfin Journalist Services: Alina Ptaszynski, 206-588-6863, press@redfin.com