Sara Guando, 34, initially from Lengthy Island, mentioned the COVID-19 pandemic prompted her to make the move to Tampa in February.
“There’s so many more things to do outside,” Guando mentioned.
Guando mentioned she had at all times been pissed off by the excessive price of residing in New York, and the pandemic put her over the edge.
“I don’t feel like I’m living paycheck to paycheck as much as I did on Long Island,” Guando mentioned.
Guando mentioned her Lengthy Island landlord additionally moved to Florida, and three folks she now works with at the College of Tampa are from New York.
“It’s much more shocking to meet someone born and raised in Tampa than it is to meet someone from New York, New Jersey,” Guando mentioned.
Lengthy Island pet sitter Beth Goldin is transferring from her dwelling to Florida in October.
“Taxes are better,” Goldin mentioned. “No more winter. I’ve already given away all my shovels.”
South Florida actual property agent Bonnie Heatzig mentioned the finish of 2020 was the peak of New Yorkers in search of to move to the Sunshine State.
“New York was closed, New Jersey was closed,” Heatzig mentioned. “There were people who were saying, ‘I really want to come down to Florida. I want to accelerate my plans.'”
Heatzig, who’s the Government Director of Luxurious Gross sales at Douglas Elliman in South Florida, mentioned it isn’t unusual for New Yorkers to purchase Florida properties sight unseen.
“These are people that are moving down to South Florida to start their life, to put their children in school, to start a new business,” Heatzig mentioned. “These people are here to stay.”
Heatzig mentioned some New Yorkers who labored remotely from Florida throughout the pandemic are actually deciding to make the southern state their everlasting dwelling.
Heatzig mentioned the major New York purchaser in South Florida is from Manhattan, and that many of them are sustaining a second dwelling in the Massive Apple.
“They’ve downsized their space in New York, and they’re making South Florida their primary residence,” Heatzig mentioned.
Martin Melkonian, adjunct affiliate professor of economics at Hofstra College, mentioned he believes the exodus from New York to Florida won’t be everlasting for all folks.
“There’s certain things about New York that are not true of any other part of the country,” Melkonian mentioned. “For that reason, I think many of them will rethink their decisions.”
These with the Lengthy Island Affiliation additionally mentioned they don’t imagine these strikes are everlasting and are solely associated to the pandemic.
“Although Florida may be touting these numbers as an exodus from New York to the south, there is similar movement within the New York State metro area where people are seeking out the suburbs,” the Affiliation mentioned.
The Affiliation mentioned dwelling costs on Lengthy Island proceed to rise, exemplifying that folks need to move to there, as properly.
Guando mentioned, at this level, her move to Florida is everlasting.
“If there’s another place that’s going to provide me potentially a future family, a better quality of life and this just feels like that,” Guando mentioned.