Summer’s Hottest Pandemic Moves Happened in Dallas-Fort Worth

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For folks who were brave enough to move during a pandemic — can you imagine packing without a house full of help? — the Dallas-Fort Worth region was a hot destination.

According to iBuyer and real estate disruptor Opendoor, a survey the company released this August showed that 53 percent of respondents were planning to relocate because of the coronavirus pandemic.

“To shed more light on the transformation taking place in the real estate industry and across the U.S., we uncovered the most popular neighborhoods homebuyers are gravitating to in five markets where Opendoor is available,” said Kerry Melcher, Head of Brokerage and Sales at Opendoor.

For the Dallas-Fort Worth area, these ZIP codes were the most popular:

76002, Southeast Arlington

75072, McKinney

76137, Watauga

76001, Arlington

76179, Saginaw

76120, Fort Worth

76210, Corinth

76248, Keller

76108, White Settlement

75033, Frisco

If you’ll notice, locations in the midcities area of Dallas-Fort Worth and the northern suburbs were in high demand. But why was North Texas so popular for relocation?

Opendoor says that our region is business-focused and desirable for corporations and entrepreneurs, with more than 20 Fortune 500 companies. Plus, the D-FW area is an excellent place to make your mark if you’re a recent college grad, according to a LinkedIn study.

“Dallas is extremely business-friendly, and is one of the largest corporate headquarters concentrations for a variety of industries. With increasing job opportunities, we’ve experienced less unemployment compared to other cities across Texas. And its lower cost of living makes housing affordable for many buyers to get more space and land. Plus, there’s plenty of family activities, a diverse nightlife and an amazing food scene,” local Texas General Manager Chris Westrom observes. 

Other top relocation spots include Atlanta, Los Angeles, Phoenix, and Raleigh-Durham.

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Joanna England

If Executive Editor Joanna England could house hunt forever, she absolutely would. Instead she covers the North Texas housing market and the economy for CandysDirt.com. While she started out with the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University, Joanna's work has appeared in The Dallas Morning News as well as several local media outlets. When she's not knitting or hooping, or enjoying White Rock Lake, she's behind the lens of her camera. She lives in East Dallas with her husband, son, and their furry and feathered menagerie.

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