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Almost 1,000 people move to Florida every day, many coming from Northern cities amid pandemic

Roughly 950 people move to Florida every day and the state has seen ‘unprecedented demand’ and an uptick in luxury home sales as people in Northern cities flee the pandemic for more space and sunnier shores. 

The influx in new residents comes as the coronavirus shutdown led families to flee congested cities and seek short-term stays turned into permanent moves.

The 2020 Miami report released this summer states that an average of 950 move to Florida every day and a majority come from high-taxed areas like New York, Boston, California and Chicago, according to the New York Times.

According to a Douglas Elliman August report, new contracts for single-family homes and condominiums doubled in July and continue to rise in five south and central west coast Florida counties. 

In Palm Beach County, new single-family and condo contracts are well above normal levels from a year ago, seeing a 268 percent increase in single-family contracts over $1million. 

Roughly 950 people move to Florida every day and the state has seen 'unprecedented demand' and an uptick in luxury home sales as people in Northern cities flee the pandemic for more space and sunnier shores. A view of Palm Beach, which has seen a 268 percent increase in single-family contracts over $1million, above

Roughly 950 people move to Florida every day and the state has seen ‘unprecedented demand’ and an uptick in luxury home sales as people in Northern cities flee the pandemic for more space and sunnier shores. A view of Palm Beach, which has seen a 268 percent increase in single-family contracts over $1million, above

The 2020 Miami report released this summer states that an average of 950 move to Florida every day and a majority come from high-taxed areas like New York, Boston, California and Chicago. That numbers likely now even higher with the pandemic

The 2020 Miami report released this summer states that an average of 950 move to Florida every day and a majority come from high-taxed areas like New York, Boston, California and Chicago. That numbers likely now even higher with the pandemic

For the first six months of 2020 80 percent of residential transactions were residential transactions. 

And experts say many Northeast buyers were looking to purchase in August, concerned that COVID-19 could make a comeback in flu season.

From Northern states, according to data pulled from 2019, 20 people moved a day from Connecticut, 72 a day from New Jersey and 242 people a day from New York to Florida, as per the 2020 Miami report. 

Jay Phillip Parker, chief executive of Douglas Elliman’s Florida brokerage said the Times the wealthy end of the market swelled ‘across the major markets of South Florida — Tampa and St. Pete are seeing the same amount of activity’   

New Jersey couple Vanessa Antonelli and Jordan Epstein of Manalapan rented a house in Orlando for a 10-day break with their five-year-old daughter and nine-year-old sun, but ended up staying months.

‘We quarantined and ended up staying three months,’ Antonelli, 38, an interior designer said to the Times. ‘The pandemic made us reevaluate the way we were living. It gave us the time to reflect.’

A new development called Boca Brides, where Antonelli and Epstein bought a home, has seen 102 houses sold for an average $1.7million since May 1. A view of Boca Raton above

A new development called Boca Brides, where Antonelli and Epstein bought a home, has seen 102 houses sold for an average $1.7million since May 1. A view of Boca Raton above 

According to a Douglas Elliman August report, new contracts for single-family homes and condominiums doubled in July and continue to rise in five south and central west coast Florida counties

According to a Douglas Elliman August report, new contracts for single-family homes and condominiums doubled in July and continue to rise in five south and central west coast Florida counties

This graph shows how condos in Palm Beach County, which includes Boca Raton, saw new signed contracts increase drastically this year and new listings increase as well

This graph shows how condos in Palm Beach County, which includes Boca Raton, saw new signed contracts increase drastically this year and new listings increase as well

By June they purchased a home in Boca Raton in a new development, joining a wave of people leaving the east coast for sunnier shores.

They purchased a five-bedroom 5,900-square-foot ‘Veneto’ model home with a lake view for $1.4million.

‘A lot of our final decisions will depend on how everything goes with this school year and Covid in New Jersey,’ Antonelli said.   

The influx comes even in the wake of a spike of COVID-19 case in Florida earlier this summer that caused beaches and bars to shut down. 

Today Florida has 648,269 total cases and 11,871 deaths. 

A new development called Boca Brides, where Antonelli and Epstein bought a home, has seen 102 houses sold for an average $1.7million since May 1, according to Jill DiDonna, senior vice president of sales and marketing at GL homes, the developer.

‘We have seen unprecedented demand from all over the country, but certainly New York, New Jersey and Connecticut,’ she said.

She says buyers are looking for home offices, larger kitchens for increased in-home dining, home gyms and private pools.

‘The shifting product needs of the customer, along with the desire to escape urban areas, combined with the tax advantages, created the perfect storm,’ DiDonna said. 








A view of sunny Palm Beach, Florida above back in March when the pandemic broke out across the country

A view of sunny Palm Beach, Florida above back in March when the pandemic broke out across the country

A view of Worth Avenue in Palm Beach, which has seen an influx in wealthy new residents, above

A view of Worth Avenue in Palm Beach, which has seen an influx in wealthy new residents, above

This Douglas Elliman report shows how new signed contracts peaked over 1,600 in mid July

This Douglas Elliman report shows how new signed contracts peaked over 1,600 in mid July

This graph shows how condo contracts have also increased since March

This graph shows how condo contracts have also increased since March

Taxes are a major appeal for new residents.

Florida residents pay no state income or estate tax and receive a homestead exemption of up to $50,000 on a primary resident and a three percent annual cap on home assessments.

The sunshine state also grew more appealing with the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 limited the amount of total state and local taxes that can be deducted on a federal income tax return to $10,000.

From last year the population of the state is burgeoned to 22million from 343,000, according to World Population Review.

Jay Phillip Parker, chief executive of Douglas Elliman’s Florida brokerage, says multimillion dollar sales in Palm Beach and Miami have snowballed.

But he says it’s in part from people who have rental homes in Florida or frequent the state who have snapped up permanent residences.

‘The pandemic is one of the many elements that have contributed toward what we have always known to be a natural migration. We’ve been referred to as the “sixth borough,”‘ he said. 

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