On the move

It turns out we weren’t the only people to move during the pandemic. We’ve run into several friends who made the move to Ariz. It was one of the toughest things I’ve done. Going through 28 years of junk. Parting with the home and town I loved. Leaving behind friends. I go from loving my new home to missing my old life. But shelter in place changed everything.

A cactus I saw on my morning walk today.

My husband gets to work from home which started a year ago in March. Our new home accommodates that better than the old one. He has his own office and so do I. I used to write in my son’s empty bedroom or at the dining room table, while my husband worked in our Master bedroom. It didn’t feel like my bedroom anymore.

I read an article that said 11% of Americans moved during the past year. In an article called Survey Shows Americans on the Move During Pandemic by Evan Anderson for NBC in Dallas Fort Worth, most people are moving out of high priced areas, like we did.

It’s no secret the pandemic has completely changed the meaning of home, prompting many of us to rethink how and where we want to live. A new survey finds 11% of Americans have already moved in the past year not just across town, but across the country.

This is all according to Zillow in its first-ever “Mover Report.” It’s a data-based dive into the people and emotions driving moves this spring.

Anderson wrote that Zillow predicts another 2.5 million people will be moving. It’s making the housing market go wild. He also also stated that the sunbelt is most popular and that cities seeing the most people move in include  Phoenix, Charlotte, North Carolina, Dallas-Fort Worth and Austin. People want warmth and affordability. We moved to a suburb of Phoenix, so I guess our unique idea to move during a global pandemic wasn’t to unique after all. We’re part of a trend.

My new backyard.

Would you consider moving from your home? Why or why not?

9 thoughts on “On the move

  1. We aren’t moving until and unless it is a good thing for us. I am not willing to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars more for a home that is not worth it. Just because the “market” says it is worth more doesn’t mean you should purchase it; I do not believe a house suddenly became worth $ !oo k this year when there wasn’t one new thing done to it.

    • I agree with you. The market went up where we bought since we started looking over a year ago. The home we sold went up by 50% in one year. We jumped on that because we lived in a resort town that is very cyclical. Also, the cost of living is so much less where we moved to so someday we get to retire. So definitely good for us.

  2. This may sound totally silly, but (as we age) the only reason we’d consider moving is to be near a better (larger) hospital system if we needed it. That’s the downside to small town living..

  3. If my husband didn’t have to return to the office, we would have moved. Right now he will be mandated to be in once a week after May 17, twice a week in June, and I assume by September 4 days a week. They’ve stated that some departments can have work from home fridays. So we will be staying we’re we are

      • My husbands CEO has been very vocal about the need to return to the office at least a few days a week. They finally came out the the statement this week.

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