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


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Commuting Issues

How Does Transportation and Commuting Change in a Post-Coronavirus World? We Asked Experts (WAMU, May 1, 2020)

Biggest Hurdle to Bringing People Back to the Office Might Be the Commute (The Wall Street Journal, Apr. 27, 2020)

Nine Days on the Road. Average Commute Time Reached a New Record Last Year (Washington Post, Oct. 7, 2019)

Ways to Cut the Cost of Commuting (US News & World Report, Aug. 27, 2019)

Here’s How a 10-Mile Commute Can Hurt Your Health (Healthline, Jan. 29, 2019)

The Top 10 US Cities Where Workers Have the Longest Commutes (CNBC, Jan 22, 2019)

Stuck and Stressed: The Health Costs of Traffic (The New York Times, Jan. 21, 2019)

Self-Driving Cars Could Ease Our Commutes, but That’ll Take a While (NPR, Feb. 10, 2017)

Commuting and Where to Live

Home Buying 2020: Consumer Preferences Post-COVID (realtor.com®, Jul 22, 2020)

The Real Estate Mantra: Locate Near Public Transportation (National Association of REALTORS® and American Public Transportation Association, Oct. 14, 2019)

Realtor.com Commute Time Filter (realtor.com®, Jul 3, 2019)

Most Homebuyers Would Sacrifice a Big Yard for a Shorter Commute (HousingWire, Jul. 2, 2019)

Millennials Reviving the Exurbs: Longer Commutes for Cheaper Homes (Business Insider, Mar. 27, 2019)

Is Focus on Location a Thing of the Past? (REALTOR® Magazine, Oct. 22, 2018)

How Your Commute Time Should Affect Where You Buy a Home (realtor.com®, Jan. 5, 2018)

Commuting Cost Can Drive Home-Buying Decisions (Star Tribune, Aug. 12, 2018)

Green Commuting

‘Corona Cycleway’ Become the New Post-Confinement Commute (The New York Times, Jun. 12, 2020)

Bike to Work Tips: How to Perfect Your Bike Commute (Bicycling.com, Jan. 10, 2019)

Green Commuting: How to Do It and Why It’s Important (Blue & Green Tomorrow, Oct. 22, 2018)

A Beginner’s Guide to Biking to Work (The New York Times, May 30, 2017)

Bike Lanes: Build Them and They Will Come (National Association of REALTORS®, Jan. 11, 2017)

Statistics, Reports, Studies

Survey: Buyers Rank Commute Time Above Square Footage (REALTOR® Magazine, Jul. 5, 2019)

The Great Divide in How Americans Commute to Work (CityLab, Jan. 22, 2019)

America’s Commuting Choices: 5 Major Takeaways from 2016 Census Data (Brookings Institute, Oct. 3, 2017)

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

National Transit Map (United States Department of Transportation)

Commuting Websites

Green Commuter

Public Transportation Savings Calculator (Public Transportation.org)

Housing + Transportation Affordability Index (Center for Neighborhood Technology)

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

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

eBooks & Other Resources


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

Will Work from Home (eBook)

The 30-Second Commute (eBook)

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