Moving out: San Diego draws most buyers from other metros

November 10, 2017 - 3 min read

Adios, Los Angeles

Home buyers are increasingly moving metros, and their top city of choice? That’d be sunny old San Diego.

Median-priced home in San Diego -- about $535k

According to Redfin, a third of all buyers searching for homes in the San Diego area are located outside the metro. More than 63 percent of those searches come from Los Angeles alone.

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Hola, San Diego 

It seems San Diego isn’t the only hot migration spot, though. According to Redfin’s Top 10 Migration Destinations list, cities across the West and South are drawing in new residents left and right.

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Median priced Nashville home (about $280k)

Nashville made the top 10 list for the first time – likely due to its high rate of new construction.

The West wins

Sacramento, California took the No. 2 spot, while Las Vegas, Phoenix and Atlanta rounded out the top five. Boston was the only top migration city not located in the West or South.

Median-priced home in Phoenix (about $210k)

“Seven of the 10 metros with the highest net inflow have more permitted units than the national average,” Redfin reported.

“Nashville is among the metros with the highest rates of new permit activity at 27 permitted new residential units per 10,000 residents. The metro areas poised to build the most new homes in the coming months are Houston (10,000), Dallas (9,400), Phoenix (7,800), and Atlanta (7,700).”

Leaving town

Residents in San Francisco appear to be high-tailing it out of town, according to Redfin’s list. Nearly 16,000 Redfin users – about 20 percent of all of The City’s users – were looking outside of the Bay Area during Q3 2017.

Median priced home in expensive Francisco: $1.3 mil

New York also ranked high on the list, with 34 percent of users looking outside the metro. Houston came in at No. 6, likely due to the recent damage from Hurricane Harvey, which touched down in late August.

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Aly J. Yale
Authored By: Aly J. Yale
The Mortgage Reports contributor
Aly J. Yale is a mortgage and real estate writer based in Houston who has contributed to Forbes and worked for organizations such as The Dallas Morning News, PBS, NBC, and Radio Disney.