A Thought to remember! We cannot cure the common cold; we cannot cure the seasonal flu but people seem to think we will cure the China Flu? Just a test run, more viruses being developed and more will span the globe. 1984 anyone? Scare the sheep and the governments of the world control it all. When the next virus strikes and it will, where do you want to live NYC or in the countryside of small-town USA. That’s my viewpoint, by James Bolin
The information in this release is from data centers and other national publications.
Real Estate/Travel/Vacation Trends/More Viruses to Come
A combination of the coronavirus pandemic, economic uncertainty, and social unrest is prompting waves of Americans to move from large cities and permanently relocate to more sparsely populated areas. The trend has been accelerated by technology and shifting attitudes that make it easier than ever to work remotely. Citizens of all ages and incomes are moving in record numbers to suburban areas and small towns. What if companies let workers work remotely for the rest of their lives? Why go back to retail shopping when I’m already ordering everything online? What’s the point of living “downtown” if half of the restaurants, bars, and museums never open back up?
As one example, the perfect storm of factors makes the decision to leave major cities like New York very obvious. The dense nature of urban living and the lack of proper local government planning led to the coronavirus spreading five times faster in New York than the rest of the country. The city that never sleeps now resembles a ghost town in many areas after thousands of its wealthy and middle-class residents fled early in the pandemic.
Many are moving to small towns north of the five boroughs. Four upstate counties have seen an incredible surge in real estate demand, while the rest of the New York market is cratering. In Ulster County, the number of homes now under contract nearly doubles the 2016 figures. It saw steady sales in March and April, while the overall New York market fell by almost 30 percent. Some people are staying at their vacation homes, but much data suggests there are many permanent moves in the works.
An estimated quarter of a million New York residents will move upstate for good, while another two million could permanently move out of the state. More than 16,000 New York residents have already relocated to suburban Connecticut. The preliminary figures show New York is also losing citizens to rural New England and Florida in significant numbers. Similar trends are also occurring in other large urban areas. There is a political element with the domestic migration at play across the nation, but what is more telling is the level of movement to the suburban areas and rural towns.
Over 40 percent of urbanites have browsed online for real estate, more than twice the level of people who live in the country. Redfin reports that more than a quarter of searches on its website are by urbanites in Seattle, San Francisco, and the District of Columbia searching for homes across less populated places. While real estate sales are down in San Francisco, where prices are falling by more than 50 percent, demand in its suburbs and country side has been soaring.
There has been a sharp uptick in interest in moving out to Montana, with the majority of new inquiries coming from California. Real estate sales in Montana are 10 percent higher than at this time last year. Rural Colorado, Oregon, and Maine have seen similar upticks in property sales. Vermont is going through a renaissance in real estate, with an agent there remarking that “people are buying houses without even seeing them.”
Some changes are much less obvious, yet even the hidden trends support the idea that cities are emptying out. In March and April, over two million young people had to move back with their parents or grandparents. When the allure of cities declines further thanks to the risk of disease, a crashing economy, and a future of telework, the flight to suburban and rural for more safety will continue well after a coronavirus vaccine hits the market and that trend will not change much as another virus is around the corner.
Social unrest and urban crime rate spikes also raise the possibility of the sharp increase of exits from large cities. A breakdown in order, especially if police are defunded, could further downsize cities rebuilt with law-and-order approaches. Urban trends of the last 50 years are being reversed. Instead of smaller towns and rural areas facing the steep declines, large metropolitan areas may soon be the places bleeding citizens.
Urbanites who now find themselves working from home are getting a taste of what life could be like in less densely populated areas, according to realtor.com’s quarterly Cross Market Demand Report, which measures search data to provide insight into where shoppers are looking for their next home. Some home shoppers wary of dense environments are turning their attention to mountain towns for peace and peace of mind.
“With remote work more common and accepted, it seems that people are looking to locate farther from the office either to enjoy more space at a better price, or get closer to nature in the mountains or at the beach.”
Yet, people are in fact moving. Data from moving companies indicate a significant uptick in moving activity and a material shift in where people are moving to. In an analysis of their user data, online mover marketplace HireAHelper found that the pandemic has driven an abnormally high percentage of emigration out of major urban centers like San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles and the Greater Washington D.C. Area and to small and medium-sized cities (SMCs) like Scottsdale, Durham and Columbus and to their countryside’s. Similarly, FlatRate Moving company in New York City told The New York Times that the number of moves it conducted between March and August alone for people moving out of the city entirely was up 50 percent year over year.
Unlike many of history’s great tragedies, the coronavirus pandemic never stunned us with one catastrophic event. Instead, the deadly problem quietly snaked its way around the world, devastating millions as it grew into a global health crisis since it first surfaced in November 2019.
Our realities shifted slowly at first, and before we knew it, the coronavirus took over completely. The wound inflicted by the pandemic on the travel industry is deep, and it hasn’t stopped bleeding yet
As we closed borders, canceled events and self-quarantined at home on a mass scale, the travel industry, as well as most other sectors, began to nosedive. The collective effort to save lives meant economic catastrophe for an industry that profits from people leaving their houses.
Scary and its being implemented soon:
Some have started asking travelers to fill out health questionnaires and checking passengers’ temperatures, but there is a broader push to have federal authorities take over those checks. He said he would not be surprised to see significantly more biometric screening and touchless elements within the coming months. They envisioned a system that could scan your face, direct you to a TSA lane and use biometrics to let you buy anything in the airport without taking your wallet out. “If a person could go from curb to gate without physically touching anything, it kind of solves some of the pandemic issues.” “I think there’s a lot of people who would prefer to do that.” A statement from the airline association.
Many surveys and data show the majority of people will drive to vacation destinations to avoid all the hassles of flying and at least 50% will take their vacations by car within a day’s drive or less, with data suggesting a radius of 250 miles on average from there home. International destinations will probably never recover from what it once was. The risks of quarantines and lockdowns has changed the world forever. Home base businesses and work from home are the new frontiers and are here to stay.
People are leaving this environment for good and are never coming back
Who wants to live with this any longer?
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