As densely populated cities like #NewYorkCity and #Madrid suffer significant losses from #coronavirus, people are increasingly heading for more remote areas to help reduce their odds of catching the deadly illness.
Data provided by Redfin shows that daily searches for rural properties were 125 percent higher during the first three weeks of March, with searches spiking by 364 percent over the previous year on March 7.
The president of a #NorthCarolina real estate company specializing in rural land called Retreat Realty, John E. Haynes, told Reuters that the current outbreak has caused people to realize they should have invested in a “bugout property” a long time ago.
He’s seen a large uptick in business thanks to the outbreak, with sales of rural properties climbing significantly in recent weeks. He said many of those buying these properties had already been contemplating such a move for some time, and the virus prompted them to finally take the leap.
All this interest in rural areas is causing those already living in such places some concern, however. Places like #DoorCounty, #Wisconsin, have issued advisories asking people with seasonal or second homes in the area to stay away. Half the county’s population is made up of elderly people, and they only have a small, 25-bed hospital.
Sixty percent of the properties and second homes there are owned by residents from out of state, many of whom are now headed to the area looking for safety. The county isn’t enforcing the advisory, and they say lots of people have been arriving there, exhausting resources in grocery stores.
Some areas are taking a stronger stance, like #DareCounty on North Carolina’s barrier islands. Visitors and non-resident property owners have been prohibited from entering to protect the community’s public health and safety. 🖐🏾More in comments👇🏾