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The Big Reveal: Top States for Home Purchases in Sarasota

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In our last blog post, we announced that we completed our annual research into which states produced Sarasota's new homeowners in 2013. We revealed that New York had taken the top spot, with 13.6 % of Sarasota County home purchases by out-of-state buyers in 2013. Then we challenged you to guess which four states would round out the top five. So are you ready to find out how you did?

A drumroll please!

After New York, the next four states whose residents purchased homes in Sarasota are:

- Ohio, 10% (552)
- Texas, 8.6% (478)
- Illinois, 8.1% (452)
- Michigan, 7.8% (435)

So, how did you do? Do you think there were there any surprises among the answers?

For anyone who has spent a warm, sunny winter in Sarasota, it is easy to see how weather can factor into the results, but seeing Texas with its milder climate in the top five hints that there are many other factors people consider when relocating to Florida's Cultural Coast. You can see our entire list of results below, and while they are weighted more toward northern states, the list represents a broad sampling of areas around the U.S., indicating that people choose Sarasota as a new home for a variety of reasons.

So what do you make of the results? Was it the sunshine and white beaches that appealed to our new residents? Or was it the unique cultural side of Sarasota, our excellent schools, or business opportunities? If you are a transplant, what appealed most to you about Sarasota and the Sunshine State? Please let us know what you think on our Facebook Page.

Sarasota County's 2013 Home Purchases by Out-of-State Buyers

State

Number

New York

753

Ohio

552

Texas

478

Illinois

452

Michigan

435

Pennsylvania

395

New Jersey

370

Massachusetts

361

Indiana

266

California

245

Connecticut

202

Virginia

177

Wisconsin

149

Minnesota

137

New Hampshire

125

North Carolina

88

Colorado

87

South Carolina

81

Tennessee

70

Maine

66

Vermont

38

Total

5527

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