Commuting & The Home Buying Decision

Overview

For many Americans, commute times or public transportation options figure strongly in their home-buying decisions.

References

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Commuting Issues

Self-driving cars could ease our commutes, but that’ll take a while, (NPR, Feb. 10, 2017).

Daily commuter? Traffic jams could be costing you $1,800 a year, (NBC News, Sept. 1, 2016).

A longer commute could hurt your health, add to your waistline, (CNN, Aug. 25, 2016).

Fixing the American commute, (Curbed, Apr. 27, 2016).

5 ways commuting is ruining your life, (MarketWatch, Sept. 9, 2015).

6 ways to cut car commuting costs, (Bankrate, n.d.).

Driving us crazy?  Solving commuting woes can be key to happiness, (Miami Herald, May 5, 2015).

Commuting and Where to Live

How commuting costs factor into home buying, (National Association of REALTORS®, Dec. 5, 2016).

Consider the commute before saying “ok” to the house, (Real Estate In Savannah, n.d.).

What’s your commute time worth?, (The New York Times, Oct. 28, 2016).

How commuting costs factor into home buying, (Economist’s Outlook Blog/National Association of REALTORS®, Feb. 2, 2016). 

Want a discount on a house?  Drive way out of town, (CNBC, Oct. 13, 2015). 

Bay Area commuting for the love of larger, affordable single family homes, (Planetizen, Oct. 4, 2015).

Shop for a Houston home based on commute times, (Chron, Sept. 6, 2015).

Housing + Transportation affordability index, (Center for Neighborhood Technology, Mar. 2010)—Transportation costs of 337 metro areas.

Green Commuting

Bike lanes: build them and they will come, (National Association of REALTORS®, Jan. 11, 2017).

Green commuting, (U.S. Small Business Administration, n.d.).

How to green your commute, (SC Johnson, Apr. 1, 2016). 

Take these steps towards a greener commute, (Earth 911, Dec. 2, 2015). 

6 reasons why bike commuting is the fastest growing mode of transportation, (EcoWatch, May 12, 2015). 

Even as batteries age, electric cars meet commuter needs: study, (The Car Connection, Apr. 14, 2015).

Statistics, Reports, Studies

New National Transit Map will highlight America’s commuting gaps, (Next City, Mar. 28, 2016). 

Housing and Transportation Affordability, (U.S. Department of Transportation, Feb. 2, 2016). 

Community Preference Survey, (National Association of REALTORS®/Portland State University, 2015). 

Who Drives to Work?  Commuting by Automobile in the United States: 2013, (U.S. Census Bureau, Aug. 2015). 

Citi Thank You Premier Commuter Index reveals U.S. consumers spend an average of $2,600 on their commute, (PR Newswire, June 8, 2015).

The New Real Estate Mantra – Location Near Public Transportation, (American Public Transportation Association in partnership with the National Association of REALTORS®, Mar. 2013).

On Common Ground – Transportation, (National Association of REALTORS®, Winter 2013).

Commuter Tax Benefits, (National Center for Transportation, Jan. 2, 2013).

Mega Commuting in the U.S., (Census Bureau, 2012).

Commuting Websites

Public Transportation Savings Calculator, (Public Transportation.org)

Housing + Transportation Affordability Index, (Center for Neighborhood Technology)

Walk Score, (WalkScore)—Find out how "walkable" your home is

U.S. Local & State Transit Links, (American Public Transportation Association).

Commuter choice primer, (U.S. Department of Transportation)—An Employer's Guide to Implementing Effective Commuter Choice Programs

eBooks & Other Resources

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The following eBooks and digital audiobooks are available to NAR members:

Will Work from Home (Adobe PDF eBook)

The 30-second commute (Adobe eReader)


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