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This last year or so has been crazy for the real estate market, and in turn, the moving industry. At Fairprice Moving, we’ve moved people throughout California and Pennsylvania, but we also moved hundreds of people out of our home states. It seems we weren’t alone. In 2020, a near record number of people moved, and a lot of them to the same destinations.
A moving destination can be popular for a number of reasons. Perhaps people are moving closer to family, or a job. Maybe the cost of living is more manageable, or perhaps the climate suits more people (although it’s hard to imagine a climate better than the Bay Area’s). One thing we’ve noticed, though, is that real estate prices seem to be climbing everywhere, including in the places that are considered more affordable.
We’ve decided to put together a list of the least and most expensive homes in the top 10 moving destinations. You’ll probably notice that each moving destination is in a sunny, warm part of the country, with one possible exception: Denver, Colorado. Please note that these are current listings and the ultimate sales price could be very different.
Las Vegas, NV
Depending upon whom you speak to, Las Vegas is either the land of glitz and glam or it’s something a little, shall we say, less. The real estate offerings in Vegas seem to back that up. On one end of the spectrum, we have a very affordable property that needs some work, but we also have some that put
At around 837 square feet, this two bedroom/one bath at $149,900 is a bargain, even if it does need some work.
At more than $27 million, this 57,000 square foot home puts most Bay Area properties to shame. Complete with horse stables, an air conditioned car museum that’s able to hold more than 100 cars, tennis courts and a zoo, one has to wonder if this house was owned by Vegas royalty such as Wayne Newton or Ziegfried and Roy. Don’t forget to bring your private jet. The compound has its own hangar and terminal.
Phoenix has long been a popular destination for those looking to escape California. Fortunately, you can find homes in all price ranges.
A person doesn’t have to be rich to move to Phoenix. This three bedroom/two bath is modest but at just $100,000 for 1,580 square feet, you can turn the home into your dream home and it will still be cheaper than most Bay Area properties.
Modest in price compared to Las Vegas, this gorgeous five bedroom/seven bath home is a relative bargain at less than $10 million. With incredible views, a dedicated home gym and a negative edge pool, this new subdivision looks like it has wealthy Californians in mind.
Denver is the only city on the top 10 list that’s not part of the sun belt. That said, Denver gets over 300 days of sun per year, so even though it gets its share of snow and cold, you can almost bet it will be gone in a few days.
Denver hardly has a bad part of town, so if you buy this 875 square foot two bedroom one bath, you can’t go too far wrong. The sellers are asking just $219,000 for a house that admittedly needs a lot of work, but if you’re handy, you can easily double your money.
This $7 million 11 bedroom/6.5 bath 12,500 square foot home is full of history. It was once owned by a Denver socialite. If $7 million seems a bit out of your price range, you can rent out parts of the home or even turn it into an event center.
It might need a little work to bring it up to your standards, but a four bedroom/two bath home for just $240,000 is a bargain in most cities.
Perched on a hill with breathtaking lake views, this six bedroom/8.5 bath home on nearly 14 acres almost seems like a bargain at $12,999,000.
When I think of Atlanta, I think of long lazy summer days languishing in the shade. Atlanta is also a cultural and economic hub, winter or summer. More affordable than the Bay Area, it’s no wonder people are moving there in droves.
As a foreclosure, this three bedroom/two bath home comes with some risk, but at $65,279, you can’t go too far wrong, especially if you’re handy. The 1,600 square foot home is made of brick and it sits on a generous .4 acre lot.
Coming from the Bay Area, it might surprise you that the current most expensive house for sale in Atlanta is priced at “just” $10 million. With six bedrooms and 8.5 baths on a two acre lot, this home has a wellness area, plenty of outdoor living and a true chef’s kitchen.
The largest city in Texas, as you might imagine, is full of variety. Houston has about anything a person might want, except perhaps for moderate summer temperatures.
This two bedroom/two bath 720 square foot home is perfect for a flipper or someone who’s handy.
Listed at $1.00 below $30 million, this enormous 26,400 square foot eight bedroom/8.5 bath home on a 2.33 acre lot looks like something that might belong to a Saudi prince or the Vatican.
Close to Disney World and located in Central Florida, Orlando is one of the hottest moving destinations.
This two bedroom/two bath home has a lot of privacy, it’s move in ready, and best of all, they’re only asking $72,900.
For just $12,950,000, you can invest in 2010’s Orlando Parade of Homes winner. With nine bedrooms/9.5 baths, this 11,565 home near Disney World will make you popular with all your friends, and likely with people you don’t even know. Fortunately, as the home sits on 13 acres, you might never have to see your guests…or neighbors.
Once known for cowboys, oil and cattle, Dallas still offers those, but it’s also a home to banking and tech. It’s becoming a go-to destination for people in all fields.
If you’re a do-it-yourselfer, you can purchase a two bedroom/one bath home in Dallas for less than $100,000. Built in 1955, this home needs some sweat equity before it will offer you some real equity.
This $12,900,000 lavish nine bedroom/12.5 bath estate offers a gourmet kitchen, a wine room, a home theater, a game room and a billiard room. Its 30 foot ceilings offer a true grand entrance.
San Antonio, TX
San Antonio is one of Texas’ biggest tourist destinations. With its world-famous Riverwalk and world class dining and shopping, it’s no wonder people are moving to San Antonio in droves.
If you are willing to put the work in, you can buy this two bedroom/one bath home for just $35,000. It will take time before it’s ready to move into, but it’s not like you’ll go house poor from the mortgage in the meantime.
At $7.5 million, this three bedroom/6.5 bath estate seems like a bargain. It sits on over 12 acres and its infinity pool directly overlooks downtown San Antonio and the Texas hills.
Located in Central Florida and close to Disney World, Tampa is growing in popularity. Still, there are bargains to be found.
If you have $100k in cash and are ready to take on a project, this two bedroom/one bath possible hoarder house is nothing but opportunity.
Not all homes in Tampa are inexpensive. This Medeterranian villa has eight bedrooms and 9.5 baths and sprawls over its acre lot. With a gym, a chef’s kitchen and pretty much everything else you’d expect to find at this price range, you can be the envy of Tampa Bay.
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It’s not clickbait to say that the top one will surprise you.
The real estate market is going bananas (the technical word, we’re guessing) right now. States across the country are seeing bidding wars in both urban locations and rural. Nationwide, housing prices have risen more than 35 percent over the last year. San Mateo County has the honor, or perhaps dubious distinction, of being the first market to break a median home price of $2 million.
You aren’t alone if you’re feeling left out of the real estate market, and not just in California. People everywhere are feeling as though they’ll never be able to afford a home of their own, especially as the nation is seeing a rising cost of living. Each year, Wallethub releases a list of the best states to live in. They use criteria such as education rate, quality of hospitals, income growth, quality of life, safety, and yes, housing prices. Believe it or not, some are almost affordable.
Some of the rankings are confusing. Some states (like Utah) score very close to the top on the main metrics, but score #7. You can read the methodology here.
Pennsylvania, the second home state for Fairprice Movers, is number 10 of the best states to live, according to the survey. Pennsylvania rates a total score of 59.21. The Keystone State ranks near the middle in most metrics (#30 in affordability, #42 for its economy) but a higher ranking in health and education (#25) pushes it to the top 10.
Pennsylvania’s cost of living
Pennsylvania’s median household income is just shy of $62,000 and its median home cost is only about $174,000.
When a lot of us think of Iowa, we think of corn fields and flatlands. While that might be true, it’s the ninth best state to live in, according to the survey. It ranks #20 in affordability, which might be surprising. Its economy and cost of living, at #13 and its education and health rankings, at #11 help give Iowa an overall ranking of 59.49.
Iowa’s cost of living
Iowa’s household income is around $60,000 and homes are very affordable with a median home price of about $158,000.
New Hampshire isn’t the only New England state to make our top 10 list of best places to move to. The total score for New Hampshire is a very respectful 59.59. New Hampshire ranks low in affordability (#40) but the New Hampshire economy and cost of living rank #4 and education and health rank #6. If you want to experience New England life without spending an arm and a leg, New Hampshire might be the answer.
New Hampshire’s cost of living
The median household in New Hampshire earns about $75,000 and the median home cost is about $274,000.
If you love the Rocky Mountains, but you don’t want to pay Colorado’s high housing prices and high cost of living, Utah might be the answer. Utah’s total score is 59.84 and it places toward the top in nearly every metric. It ranks #6 in affordability, #3 in its economy and #8 in education and health.
Utah’s cost of living
Utah’s median income is about $76,000 and its median home price is about $425,000, which is still considerably higher than the US median, at about $295,000. Utah’s other quality of life metrics are what elevates it to the top 10.
The Dairy State is another of three midwestern states to rank in the top 10. With a healthy score of 60.94, Wisconsin ranks #32 in affordability, #20 in its economy and #10 in education and health.
Wisconsin’s cost of living
Wisconsin’s median income is about $64,000 and its median home price is about $226,000.
The Land of 10,000 Lakes is the top ranking midwestern state with a total score of 60.79. It ranks very respectably at #9 for affordability, #16 for its economy and cost of living, and #4 for education and health.
Minnesota’s cost of living
The median household income in Minnesota is about $71,000. Its median home price is around $235,000.
Washington and Oregon are nearly as expensive as California, so a lot of people are moving to their neighbor state of Idaho. The Gem State rates as the 4th best place to live on the list of best states to live in. Idaho’s total score is 61.16. It ranks #15 for affordability, #5 for its economy and #29 for education and health.
Idaho’s cost of living
Idaho’s median household income is about $66,000 and its median home price is about $389,000.
The third of the best states to live in surprised us a little. New York, The Empire State has a total score of 61.63, which is surprising given how it ranked with the main metrics for the best states. New York ranks #47 in affordability, #33 for the economy and #18 for education and health. While the cost of living in the city is high, you can find very affordable real estate if you head upstate. Way upstate.
New York’s cost of living
The median household income is about $72,000 and its median home price is about $657,000.
Rounding out our New England states is Massachusetts, with a total score of 62.70. Ranked at #45 for its cost of living, it’s one of the least affordable states to live on the list. Its economy fares better at #12 in the country. It’s probably not surprising that the state that’s home to Harvard ranks #1 in health and education.
Massachusetts’s cost of living
Massachusetts’s median income is about $81,000 and its median home price is about $508,000.
Some of us had to look twice at the list. New Jersey is the top rated state, with a score of 63.01. Despite New Jersey’s reputation, its nickname of The Garden State is earned. New Jersey is close to the bottom for affordability — ranked #49. Its economy and cost of living rank #32 and it ranks #5 for education and health.
New Jersey’s cost of living
The median income in New Jersey is around $83,000 and the median home price in New Jersey is about $500,000.
If you plan to move to any of the best states, or any of the US Continental States, Fairprice Movers can move you there at a very reasonable price.
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