Report: America’s hottest neighborhoods reside in Florida

by | Dec 16, 2021


Eight out of 10 hottest neighborhoods of 2022 are located in Florida, according to a new report from Redfin.

In their Thursday report, the technology-powered real estate brokerage analyzed and ranked U.S. zip codes by year-over-year growth in listing views on their website. Redfin measured how difficult it is to win a home based on factors including days on market, share of homes that sold above their listing prices and sale-to-list price ratio.

Redfin also noted in their report that of the eight Florida neighborhoods to make the list, seven resided in the Sarasota metropolitan area alone. Those neighborhoods include South Sarasota (1), East Venice (2), Englewood (3), Venice (4), Nokomis (5), The Meadows (6), Weston (8). Fort Myers (10) was the lone community outside of Sarasota to make the list.

“The Sarasota area has changed radically over the past year,” said local Redfin real estate agent Eric Auciello. “Many of the towns surrounding Sarasota are exploding in popularity because so many people are getting priced out of Sarasota proper or moving in from out of state to work remotely and take advantage of the sunshine, low taxes and relative affordability. A lot of the neighborhoods house hunters are flocking to have historically been retirement communities but are becoming younger with all of the first-time buyers and early retirees moving in.”

Redfin noted that communities are likely gaining steam because retirement is on the rise among older Americans. More than half (50.3%) of U.S adults aged 55 and up had left the labor force due to retirement as of the third quarter, up from 48.1 percent two years earlier. Additionally, more than 3 million Americans have retired early due to the pandemic.

The Sarasota metro area was the eighth most popular destination for house hunters looking to switch metros in the third quarter. That’s based on net inflow, a measure of how many more Redfin.com home searchers looked to move into a metro than leave. More than two-thirds (67.1%) of home searches in the Sarasota metro came from a different metro area.

“Now that remote work is the norm for many Americans, the most popular neighborhoods are in suburbs with natural beauty and homes that are more affordable than those in major coastal cities like New York and San Francisco,” said Redfin Chief Economist Daryl Fairweather. “Many of the hottest neighborhoods on Redfin’s 2022 list check all three boxes and likely won’t stay much more affordable for long.”

Redfin also highlighted in their report that a majority of the places in the annual top 10 list also face substantial risk from storms, flooding and heat.

To view the full report, click here.

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