Realtors seeing rush of relocations to South Dakota amid pandemic

This 2,800 square-foot, five-bedroom, two-bathroom home in Pierre was listed in October 2020 for sale at $315,000. The South Dakota housing market has remained strong during the pandemic. (Photo: Nick Lowrey, South Dakota News Watch)

Realtors seeing rush of relocations to South Dakota amid pandemic

Jeanette and Nathaniel Putney pose outside their new Madison, South Dakota home in late September. The couple said they moved from Virginia Beach, Virginia to South Dakota in search of lower taxes and more personal freedoms. (Photo Courtesy of Nathaniel Putney)

Realtors seeing rush of relocations to South Dakota amid pandemic

Realtors in South Dakota have seen a steady influx of people seeking more affordable housing and more personal freedoms by moving to South Dakota amid the pandemic, even as the state has seen a sharp rise in the number of active COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths.

Many new home buyers have been lured to the state, real estate agents say, by traditional benefits of South Dakota living such as the lack of a state income tax, relatively low property taxes and home prices, safe neighborhoods, a small-town vibe and access to wide open spaces. A new, pandemicdriven trend of employers allowing or requiring employees to work remotely from their homes has also boosted the ability of homeowners to relocate to South Dakota without changing jobs.

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