Here are the top five reasons people are moving this season.
Today’s sellers are moving for a variety of reasons, and the health crisis has truly reshaped our lifestyles and needs. Spending extra time where we currently live is allowing people to reevaluate what homeownership means. Here are what I believe to be the top reasons people are reconsidering where they live and making moves this season (in no order of importance):
1. Working from home. Remote work is the new norm, and this trend has continued a lot longer than what was expected. Many in the workforce have discovered that they don’t need to live so close to their offices. They’re also discovering that they can get more for their money by moving farther away from cities—some have even left their states completely. If you’ve tried converting a guest room or dining room into a home office with minimal success, it might be time to find a house that’s more suitable for you. The reality is that your current house may not be optimally designed for your lifestyle, thus making remote work very challenging.
2. Virtual and hybrid schooling. A lot of school districts are adopting this model and converting their curriculums into a digital format. If you have school-age children, they may need a dedicated learning space. If so, it may be time to find a larger house to provide your children with a quiet room that allows them to focus on their schoolwork just like you probably need for your home office.
3. Home gyms. Staying active and healthy is a top priority for so many people. With various levels of concern regarding the safety of returning to fitness facilities, dreams of a space for a home gym have grown stronger than ever. Keep in mind, a significant decrease in physical activity is more than just a vanity issue—it’s also a mental health issue. Having room to maintain a healthy lifestyle at home, both mentally and physically, may prompt you to consider finding a new place to live that includes space for home workouts.
4. Outdoor space. In helping 76 families move last year, I’ve found that many homeowners have the desire for more usable exterior features. For example, some think having a yard encourages them to be more active. Some want a large backyard to spend more time with their family. Others want space for outdoor entertainment. I’ve even heard of people who want more outdoor space to grow gardens and create more of a daily farm-to-table experience.
5. Moving out of state. For the last five years, California has been among the top states people are moving out of, and last year saw more migration than ever. High taxes, a high cost of living, and even politics are prompting people to move away from California. Because I network with hundreds of top agents throughout the country, I’ve been able to connect the dots for a plethora of home seller clients in many states, and I can do the same for you. Call, text, or email me, and I’d be happy to connect you to a professional in any part of the country.
So, are you living in your dream home? Are you living in a home that accommodates all your needs? If you’re clamoring for more room to accommodate your changing needs, moving may be your best option. You can take advantage of today’s high sales prices and low mortgage rates. It’s a great time to get more home for your money, just when you need it most.
If you need help deciding whether now’s the time for you to upgrade to a new home or have any other real estate needs, don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I’d love to discuss your options and take it from there.