Gun, abortion and LGBTQ laws are affecting where home buyers move, Redfin says

February 07, 2024

Location used to be everything in real estate, but now it’s local laws that appear to be influencing where people want to buy homes, according to a new survey. Redfin agents say they’ve worked with clients who have wanted to move either to more liberal parts of the country or to more conservative areas. These moves have been influenced by gun laws, reproductive-rights laws and tax policies, the agents said. It does not mean that one-third of U.S. home buyers actually moved because of politics or local laws. But with more people having the flexibility to work remotely, home buyers are able to make decisions about where they live based on political preferences and local laws, the report said.