The coronavirus pandemic has changed not only how we live but where we live, and that has upended some of the usual trends in local housing markets.
Now that some people can work from anywhere, they can also live anywhere, and they are moving to different markets for all kinds of reasons, from affordability to climate to ease of everyday life.
According to a new report by Zillow, these are the hottest markets for 2021:
- Austin, Texas
- Nashville, Tennessee
- Tampa, Florida
The vast majority, 84%, of economists and real estate experts surveyed by Zillow said they expect home value growth in Austin to outperform the national housing market.
Austin was also ranked hottest last year. The median price of a home sold in Austin in December was up close to 24% compared with December 2019. That is the largest gain among the 50 largest U.S. housing markets.
“During the pandemic I think a lot of people spending a big portion of their paycheck on rent or mortgage in cities like New York and San Francisco started working from home and suddenly had options. Their dollar goes further in the South, the climate is better, and Austin has a lot to offer,” said Thomas Brown, a Zillow agent in Austin quoted in the survey.
As for the next-hottest housing markets, Phoenix came in second, with 69% of those surveyed saying it would outperform the national average, followed by Nashville, with 67%, Tampa, with 60%, and Denver, with 56%.
“The pandemic has not upended the housing market so much as accelerated trends we saw coming into 2020,” said Zillow senior economist Jeff Tucker. “These Sun Belt destinations are migration magnets thanks to relatively affordable, family-sized homes, booming economies and sunny weather. Record-low mortgage rates and the increased demand for living space, coupled with a surge of millennials buying their first homes, will keep the pressure on home prices there for the foreseeable future.”
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