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M REPORT | 59 O R I G I NAT I O N S E R V I C I N G DATA G O V E R N M E N T S E C O N DA R Y M A R K E T THE LATEST DATA Is There a Link Between Inflation and Migration? According to a report, migration hotspots have the highest inflation rates across the country partly due to the fact they are attracting so many new residents on a consistent basis. P opular migration hotspots such as Phoe- nix, Atlanta, Tampa, and Miami are also at the top of the list for inflation, a persistent force nationwide, as the prices of goods and services hit a four-decade high in June, according to a new report form Redfin. In the second quarter of 2022, Phoenix, Atlanta, Tampa, Florida, and Miami all experienced double-digit inflation and were concurrently also at the top of Redfin's users list of places people wanted to relocate to. For example, Phoenix saw the prices of goods and services rise to 11.3% year over year in the second quarter while also being the third most popular destina- tion for Redfin users looking to move from one metro to another. Miami, the most popular destina- tion, had the fourth-highest infla- tion rate (10%). On the other side of the coin, prices of goods and services are rising much slower in the metro areas homebuyers are leaving, which were also found to have lower interest rates than their popular counterparts. San Francisco, formerly one of the most popular destinations in the country, topped the list of cities Redfin users are looking to leave and also had the lowest inflation recorded in the survey at 5.6%. New York had the second- lowest inflation rate (5.9%), and it is number three on the list of places homebuyers are leaving. Los Angeles (8%), Washington, D.C. (7.1%), and Seattle (8.9%), which round out the top five metros homebuyers are leaving, all have inflation rates near the middle of the pack. "A place's popularity has a big impact on how much its local prices go up," said Taylor Marr, Redfin Deputy Chief Economist. "An influx of people moving into a place like Phoenix or Tampa pushes up demand for everything from housing to food to fuel, which pushes up prices in all those areas and ultimately con- tributes to overall inflation. That means it's getting more difficult for locals to afford daily expenses, especially when you consider that wages aren't rising as quickly. In Phoenix, for instance, wages are up about 6% from a year ago but inflation is up more than 11% and asking rents are up 24%. Homeowners are in a better posi- tion than renters because they benefit from rising home values." The report further found that housing costs are a bigger infla- tion driver in popular migration destinations. "In Phoenix, for instance, overall housing costs rose nearly 16% year over year in June, the second-biggest inflation driver behind transportation," the report said. "And in Atlanta, housing costs rose 11%, also the second- biggest inflation driver after transportation. Transportation includes fuel, which is a particu- larly noticeable inflation driver in car-dependent places like Phoenix and Atlanta." "On the other end of the spec- trum, housing costs increased 3.8% in San Francisco, a small infla- tion driver compared with food, medical care, and other goods and services, in addition to transporta- tion," the study continued. "The story is similar in New York, where housing costs rose 4.2%, also a smaller increase than most of the other categories. Redfin concluded their report by saying that the share of home- buyers relocating is at a record high, largely because remote work has become so prevalent. Many homebuyers have moved from high-cost coastal areas to cheaper areas inland, especially in the Sun Belt, where popularity has ren- dered several of those areas as less affordable than before, they are still rank relatively well as a place to get the most for your dollar.

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