‘New York and California are the land of the flee, and Texas is the land of the free’: real estate investor

It is easy to see.  We get an email or phone call from an old friend—they are leaving California, mostly for Texas or Nevada.  The high cost of living, the disrespectful government, lack of quality education, high taxes and a Governor so corrupt you can screw him into a wine bottle to pull out the cork.

“The shift to suburban and small-town living was already happening, but the pandemic sped it up. Rents are rising and inventory is dwindling in small towns. In Henderson, Nevada, asking rent for a one-bedroom climbed 5.4% in July from June, and in Tulsa, Okla. one-bedroom asking rent increased 5.1% in July, according to Zumper, a San Francisco-based rental listing website. 

Meanwhile, rents are coming down and vacancies are piling up in big cities like New York. San Francisco asking rent dropped 3.3% from March to July, and New York asking rent dropped 2.8% from March to July, according to Zumper. 

California is a dangerous place.  The Contra Costa DA has NO problem with police being attacked—only with the attackers being arrested.  Stay away from that county,   it is as dangerous as Chicago or Portland.

 ‘New York and California are the land of the flee, and Texas is the land of the free’: real estate investor

Sarah Paynter, Yahoo Finance, 9/2/20 

The allure of small-town living has catalyzed mass migration from places like New York and California to states like Texas and Florida as Americans grapple with daily life during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Since March, city-dwellers shopped for more affordable, spacious living arrangements in suburbs and small cities. Migration is starting to slow down, a recent Yahoo Finance-Harris Poll survey showed, but the shift to small-town living has already radically changed real estate values in the U.S., say experts.

“I actually think we’re not appreciating it as big and profound as it actually is. Our joke has been that New York and California are the land of the flee, and Texas is the land of the free,” Ari Rastegar, founder of Rastegar Property Company, an Austin-based real estate investment firm, told Yahoo Finance’s The Final Round.

State government policies like income and business taxes are influencing some people’s decision on where to live and work. Even before the pandemic, less burdensome taxes in Texas drew huge tech companies like Tesla, Oracle, Facebook, Apple and Google — and their employees — to Austin, Texas. “People are coming here [Austin] because there’s a place to get a job,” said Rastegar.

People are “moving from more tax, business and regulatory-unfriendly states to more tax, business and regulatory-friendly states where homes are more affordable,” Jonathan Woloshin, UBS Global Wealth Management head of U.S. real estate, told Yahoo Finance’s The First Trade. “When you layer onto that we have a lot of companies that once we get back to the office are going to have a decent amount of their workforce work remotely, we think that’s a trend that could continue.”

Individuals are taking advantage of remote work options by seeking out warmer climates and a lower cost of living, said Rastegar. 

“When people are starting to think about, am I going to have to work from home? …They have to ask themselves, do I want to be in a fair weather climate? Do I really want to pay state income taxes? Do I want to have a larger space? Can I have a lower cost of living and still be close to the largest employers in the world? I think the answer is yes,” he said. 

The shift to suburban and small-town living was already happening, but the pandemic sped it up. Rents are rising and inventory is dwindling in small towns. In Henderson, Nevada, asking rent for a one-bedroom climbed 5.4% in July from June, and in Tulsa, Okla. one-bedroom asking rent increased 5.1% in July, according to Zumper, a San Francisco-based rental listing website. 

Meanwhile, rents are coming down and vacancies are piling up in big cities like New York. San Francisco asking rent dropped 3.3% from March to July, and New York asking rent dropped 2.8% from March to July, according to Zumper. 

“The writing’s on the wall,” said Rastegar. If people “can go get an immediate pop [boost] in their income simply by moving [somewhere with] a lower [cost] of living, and a lower cost to rent… that’s why people want to be there.”

About Stephen Frank

Stephen Frank is the publisher and editor of California Political News and Views. He speaks all over California and appears as a guest on several radio shows each week. He has also served as a guest host on radio talk shows. He is a fulltime political consultant.

Comments

  1. California is still the leader . . . but leading the way to total collapse and third-world status!

    And, it may spread unless people wake up.

    The newest bumper sticker in California is:

    IF YOU LIKE GAVIN NEWSOME

    YOU WILL LOVE JOE BIDEN

    Biden wants to be the national Newsome and bring all of California’s faults to the country.

  2. Otis Needleman says

    Yup. My son and his family escaped to Texas at the end of July. MUCH lower cost of living, affordable housing readily available, no state income tax, job opportunities, good roads. Shall-issue for concealed weapons carry permits. TX…everything the Democratic People’s Republic of Kalifornia isn’t. Just wish I could escape, too.

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