It appears people from out of town are more than willing to move to the Buffalo area,  according to online real-estate brokerage firm Redfin.

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A story that aired on NEWS 4 (WIVB-TV) said the company ranked the Queen City as #3 in attracting out-of-towners to relocate to the Buffalo area.

According to the study, there has been more than a 100 percent increase in out-of-towners looking to move to Buffalo with Santa Barbara, Calif. and Louisville, Ken. the only locations posting higher numbers.

“The pandemic has really changed how people view cities like Buffalo,” said Hope Young-Watkins, City of Buffalo Director of Real Estate. “In the beginning of the pandemic there was speculation of concern about the real estate markets viability through the pandemic. However, realtors are seeing concrete evidence that city neighborhoods are more attractive to homebuyers who are returning home to be in close proximity to their family and excited to join a market that is affordable.”

Mayor Byron Brown echoed those statements saying Buffalo is well-positioned to be a “post-COVID community”.

“Even before COVID, my Administration saw Buffalo’s reputation growing among a national workforce more focused on equity, quality of life, and affordability,” said Mayor Brown. “My focus has been building a diverse, equitable and inclusive place to live that is affordable, attractive, and resilient,” Brown said. “While Buffalo’s job market offers growing opportunities in a number
of economic sectors, COVID has shown many businesses around the world that remote work is as good, if not better, than working in the office.”


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