By: Sam Hoey | CRP, GMS

October 15, 2020

What are the 2020 best states for homeowners? While the world may be in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the housing market has been performing at a blistering pace. According to Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist and Senior Vice President, Research at the National Association of Realtors®, the housing market is booming due to record low interest rates, and to current homeowners looking for larger homes with the shift to remote work. Yun also believes this trend will lead to a secondary level of demand into the next year.

Pursuing the American Dream of Homeownership

Homeownership is a consistent goal in the pursuit of the American dream. It is often cited as the number one way that people can build wealth. The United States Census Bureau reports that the median net worth of homeowners is 80 times larger than the net worth of renters. Beyond building wealth, there are several economic reasons why people want to own a home, and several personal reasons.

Economic Reasons for Homeownership

  • Tax benefits let homeowners deduct mortgage interest, property taxes, and some home buying costs
  • Homes appreciate in value over time
  • Mortgage payments help homeowners build equity in a home
  • Equity in a home is a form of savings
  • Fixed-rate mortgage payments do not increase over the years

Personal Reasons for Homeownership

  • Freedom to make changes and upgrades
  • Stability helps reinforce neighborhood relationships
  • Desire for more space
  • Further distance from neighbors
  • Ability to pursue hobbies and interests more easily
  • Avoid dealing with security, pet, and utility deposits

The 2020 Best States for Homeowners

Home buyers will want to know the 2020 best states for homeowners so they can plan accordingly. SmartAsset recently published their sixth annual study on the 2020 best states for homeowners. The financial technology company analyzed several factors that home buyers may consider as they seek to purchase a new home. These factors include ten metrics that cover prices per square foot, costs for insurance, property taxes, closing costs, and other factors.

2020 Best States for Homeowners

  1. Wyoming
  2. Idaho
  3. Indiana
  4. Utah
  5. New Hampshire
  6. Massachusetts
  7. Maine
  8. Arizona
  9. Wisconsin
  10. Washington

Importantly, the study notes that homes appreciated in the five western states by over 5% on an annual basis the past year. Also, the three states in the Northeast rank high for low insurance costs and low burglary rates.

2020 Worst States for Homeowners

  1. Connecticut
  2. Illinois
  3. Texas
  4. Maryland (tie)
  5. Kansas (tie)
  6. California
  7. Louisiana
  8. New Jersey
  9. Delaware
  10. New Mexico

Of the 2020 worst states, metrics such as insurance, home appreciation, and effective property tax rate are comparatively less favorable than similar metrics in the 2020 best states for homeowners.

What Does This Mean?

Home buyers with the flexibility to locate in other markets should be aware of the 2020 best states for homeowners. As housing market demand continues to rise, buyers should work with knowledgeable and experienced real estate agents. Employers with new hires and transferees who are looking to purchase a home one of the 2020 best states for homeowners should work with a Relocation Management Company (RMC). RMCs that have knowledge and experience with relocations are ideal sources for information relating to local housing market requirements. They will also understand the reasons why employers should encourage transferees to buy instead of rent.


GMS’ team of domestic relocation experts has helped thousands of our clients understand how to provide solutions for their new hires and transferees who are looking to buy or sell a home. Our network of top agents market homes following industry best practices. As a result, they will help home buyers and sellers understand how to find and purchase homes in the 2020 best states for homeowners.

GMS was the first relocation company to register as a “.com.” The company also created the first online interactive tools and calculators, and revolutionized the entire relocation industry. GMS continues to set the industry pace as the pioneer in innovation and technology solutions with its proprietary MyRelocation® technology platform.

New SafeRelo™ COVID-19 Knowledge Portal

GMS recently launched its new SafeRelo™ COVID-19 Knowledge Portal featuring a number of helpful resources including:

  • Curated selection of news and articles specific to managing relocation programs and issues relating to COVID-19
  • Comprehensive guide to national, international, and local online sources for current data
  • Program/Policy Evaluation (PPE) Tool for instant relocation policy reviews

Contact our experts online to learn more about the 2020 best states for homeowners, or give us a call at 800.617.1904 or 480.922.0700 today.

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