Nearly Two-thirds of Homebuyers Hesitant to Buy in Disaster-prone Areas: Redfin

Originally published on October 7, 2022, by Isabelle Novak for Redfin.

Nearly two-thirds (62%) of U.S. residents who plan to buy or sell a home in the next year are hesitant to move to an area at risk of natural disasters, extreme temperatures and/or rising sea levels, according to a new report from Redfin (, the technology-powered real estate brokerage. The share is even higher among younger generations, high-earners, Democrats and people living in the Northeast.

Nearly three-quarters (71%) of Gen Z respondents said they would be hesitant to move somewhere at risk of natural disasters, extreme temperatures and/or rising sea levels. That compares with just over half (52%) of Baby Boomers. When it comes to political preference, 69% of respondents who identified as Democrat said they would be hesitant, compared with 58% of Republican respondents. Respondents in the Northeast were most likely to express hesitance, at 68%. That compares with 59% of respondents in the South.

While the lion’s share of respondents expressed skepticism about moving to risky areas, these areas have seen more people move in than out in recent years. That’s partly because they often offer relatively affordable homes and/or access to warm weather and the outdoors. Cape Coral, North Port and Tampa—three Florida metros impacted by Hurricane Ian—consistently rank on Redfin’s list of top migration destinations, which is based on how many more users are looking to move in than leave.

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