To buy a home, build equity, cut my monthly housing costs in half
Interest rates are super low, and want convenience of outdoors
NYC is a ghost town, moving back home to be with family to save money and think about where I want to go next
My husband is Air Force, so we basically have no choice but to move. We currently live in a small city (~170k population) and am not looking forward to moving to DC with 4x the number of people. At least we'll only be there for a few years though. I am gonna miss the smaller town. No traffic and we get front-row parking everywhere we go!
I making my first purchase - a condo! The market is still crazy here around DC, but it is going to pickup even more as people realize they liked the zero commuting and as Amazon HQ2 comes online. There is going to be a lot of development of the area, specifically Alexandria, over the next several years. The other place to watch, IMO, is West Virginia... that is where lots of people will move for the cheap real estate, developing economic options, and increased commercial development given Northern VA is mostly maxed out. I've been tracking real estate there for the past 8 months or so.
Bigger house with a pool from a 900 sq foot townhome on a busy corner (not so bad) that racked up 2 car breakins and 2 home robberies. The commute went from a 20 minute walk to a 1 hour/1way bus commute. However, with stay at home practice in play- thinking I live in an ivory tower.
Bought a house (just moved to US)