In this age of coronavirus and uncertain short-term futures, the United States is suddenly finding itself in the middle of what some industry experts have dubbed “The Great Relocation.”
No, this isn’t a repeat of the western expansion of the 19th century or a fleeing to America’s suburbs. This is simply a response to what the country is currently going through, and it’s even happening right here in our own backyard at the Delaware and Maryland beaches.
People are spending much more time at home these days, and that’s not always by choice. More companies are converting to work at home models and a good number of schools have instituted either virtual learning or hybrid ways of educating their students.
In short, more and more people are spending more and more time within the confines of their own homes. And this is causing a major shift in many areas of the country.
We’ll go into more detail on this in just a moment. But Oldfather Group Founder and Chief Executive Officer Dustin Oldfather first shares his thoughts on this new phenomenon via the two-minute video below.
Okay, a few takeaways from Dustin’s video and some quick facts:
- Studies are showing right now that families are spending up to nine more hours a day at home.
- People are working remotely and studying remotely, a trend that could, at least in part, last long after the pandemic is over.
- Many new homeowners are taking advantage of properties with larger space due to the increase in time spent at home.
- People working remotely can now work from anywhere they like, meaning they don’t have to remain close to their workplace or employer.
Now we don’t know what things are going to look like once COVID-19 is under control and we can all resume our normal lives again. But what we do know is that this pandemic has proven that many more jobs can be performed remotely than we originally thought.
And that means homes with office/work space are becoming much more popular. We think this is a trend that will continue for some time to come, particularly if more people have a chance of living and working at or near the beach.
More spacious homes are becoming a much hotter item right now as well. And why not? If you’re going to be spending 9 or 10 extra hours a day at home, you want it to be a large and comfortable space right?
So this is what we mean when we say America is experiencing “The Great Relocation.” More people are relocating from smaller homes to larger ones, moving from urban areas to ones that are more rural or that are considered “vacation destinations” and taking advantage of more amenities, like office space, that they can make their own within the walls of their residential homes.
If you’re experiencing a shift in your life and have suddenly found yourself at the Delaware and Maryland beaches, or you would like to learn more about the possibilities of moving here, call the Oldfather Group today at 302-260-2000 and let’s talk about your goals and how we can help you reach them.
When things shift in our lives, it often forces us to reconsider the paths that we’re on. If that involves a new home in our fantastic coastal regions, we’d love to help you make those dreams come true!