Two-Thirds of U.S. Homebuyers and Sellers Want to Live Somewhere With Legal Abortion, Up From 40% a Year Ago
(NASDAQ: RDFN) — Nineteen percent of homebuyers and sellers would only live in a place where abortion is fully legal, up significantly from 12% last year, according to a new report from Redfin (redfin.com), the technology-powered real estate brokerage. The increase comes this year after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade and gave states the power to ban abortions.
An additional 33% would prefer to live in a place where abortion is fully legal, up from 28% last year.
On the flip side, 11% would definitely not live in a place where abortion is legal, down from 15% a year earlier. An additional 12% would prefer not to live in such a place, down from 17% a year earlier.
“A lot of homebuyers are moving to Arizona because they like the politics here and/or don’t like the politics where they’re coming from,” said Heather Mahmood-Corley, a Redfin agent in Phoenix, a perennial favorite migration destination for homebuyers. While the state voted for Joe Biden in 2020’s presidential election, it is generally more conservative than California and Washington, where a large portion of incoming homebuyers hail from.
Sixteen percent of respondents to the August 2022 survey said state or local abortion laws are an important factor in deciding where to live, and 1% said they’re the most important factor. The most commonly cited factors in deciding where to live are cost of living (59% said it’s among the important factors; respondents could select more than one factor), crime/safety (53%) and home affordability (51%).
Most homebuyers and sellers prefer a place with strong gun control laws
More than one in five (22%) homebuyers and sellers would only live in a place with strong gun control laws, and an additional 39% would prefer to live in such a place. Overall, that’s nearly triple the 10% who would not live in a place with strong gun-control laws and 12% who would prefer not to.
Respondents were more likely to cite gun-safety laws as an important factor in where they live than abortion laws. About one in five (21%) said state or local gun-safety laws are an important factor in choosing where to live, while 3% said they’re the most important factor.
About half of respondents prefer to live somewhere with gender-affirming care for children; one-third want to live in a place where LGBTQ classroom discussions are allowed
More than half (58%) of respondents prefer to live in a place with laws prohibiting discrimination based on gender or sexual orientation. That’s compared with 18% who prefer not to live in a place with such laws.