Read our full analysis for a more in-depth look at these trends.
Housing Morsel: The Great Migration continues
Our near real-time estimates of migration flows suggest a continuation of pandemic-era moving trends.
- Using Bank of America internal data we construct near real-time estimates of domestic migration flows, giving us almost one year of extra insight over Census Bureau data. Notably, we find pandemic migration trends are not reversing and we continue to see faster population inflow into sunbelt cities like Austin and Tampa.
- But house prices are weakening even in cities with growing populations. Why? In addition to high mortgage rates that are dampening demand in the near term, demographic composition also matters. For example, our data shows that population inflows into Austin skew younger, which might be putting more upward pressure on rents instead of on home prices.
- Looking through the current housing downturn, local housing markets with more Millennial and Baby Boomer residents could see strength as the former enter prime home-buying age and the latter downsize their houses or move after retirement. Bank of America data suggests Baby Boomers are relocating to Las Vegas and Tampa while Millennials prefer Austin. Both groups are leaving the larger cities of San Francisco and New York.
Regional Morsel: Not yet High Noon for the West
Our analysis suggests the western U.S. is not in recession, with consumer spending strengthening this year relative to the broader U.S.
Housing Morsel: What is driving the Sun Belt boom?
Exploring city-level housing data to uncover the factors driving an increase in rent and mortgage payments across the Southern US.