Overview

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

References

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Commuting Issues

Top Perk of Remote Work: No Commute (REALTOR® Magazine, Sep. 25, 2020)

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)

Commuting and Where to Live

For Home Buyers, Length of Commute Drops in Importance, New Data Shows (Wall Street Journal, Jul. 21, 2021)

Where to Move for the Shortest Commute (The Spruce, Jul. 20, 2020)

If You’re Lucky Enough to Work from Home, Where Will Home Be After the Pandemic? (Rice University, May 27, 2020)

Commuting Costs an Average of $1,377 Per Year (REALTOR® Magazine, Mar. 10, 2020)

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)

Zoom Towns

Boise, Other Zoom Towns Still Leading Multifamily Rent Growth (Globe St., Jul. 8, 2021)

Is Your Housing Market Considered a ‘Zoom Town’? (REALTOR® Magazine, Sep. 16, 2020)

Zoom Towns: Why Your Last Vacation Getaway May Be Your Next Home (Forbes, Sep. 15, 2020)

Zoom Towns and the New Housing Market for the 2 Americas (NPR, Sep. 8, 2020)

Booming ‘Zoom Towns’ Should Ease City Housing Costs (Bloomberg, Aug. 5, 2020)

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

Americans Are Done With 5-Days a Week in the Office. Here’s What That Means for the Economy (Bloomberg Wealth, Jun. 1, 2021)

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

eBooks.realtor.org

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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