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More buyers are looking to leave Chicago for smaller cities

by Juliet Jacques

More buyers are looking to leave Chicago for smaller cities

More than a quarter of Redfin users (27.8%) conducted online searches in July for homes in a different metro area than where they are currently living, according to a new report from the company.

But while that statistic may seem large, it’s not much different from the 25.2% of those who made similar searches in July 2019.

Buyers are moving from expensive coastal areas to more affordable inland areas, according to the report. Cities such as New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles top the list of cities buyers were looking to leave. Redfin explains that this migration is sped up by the pandemic; those working remotely are realizing they need more space and larger yards.

“People who can work remotely are re-examining where they want to live, and for most of them that means they’re looking at places that are less expensive,” said Redfin agent Veronica Clyatt.

Chicago came in fifth on the list of metros that users were looking to leave, and South Bend, Ind. was the top out-of-state and overall destination.

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