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*DataPoint* If Remote Work Becomes Commonplace, What Happens to Real Estate in Big Cities?

SalesForce, Microsoft, and Twitter have all extended their work from home policies either indefinitely or for the remainder of the year.

To say that housing is expensive in the Bay Area would be an understatement.

Frank ponders what will happen to the real estate market if you only go to the office once or twice a week? Or not at all?

Why spend money to be near a place you no longer go to daily?

Transcript (AI Generated)

Hey, what’s up is Frank here from data driven,

the podcast or we explore the emerging fields.

Data science, machine learning and artificial intelligence.

So uhm, today this morning.

Actually, I read that Salesforce is allowing their workforce to

work from home for the remainder of the Year this.

Got me thinking. Uh, about other companies that have done


Microsoft has at least last time I checked,

working from home or going into the office is voluntary

through at least October.

It might be extended. Who knows?

Twitter is said that they are going to make remote

work possible indefinitely.

I’m not sure Google stances,

but I think when you see the big tech industries,

the Big Giants in the tech industry is really what

I want to say.

Is they’re all embracing work from home that is going

to have enormous.

I think implications across, well,

every industry, but I think one of the ones that

will be particularly impacted.

Given that number of Bay Area Giants have kind of

jumped on,

this will be real estate real estate in the San

Francisco area is notoriously expensive,

and it’s the stuff of almost jokes in terms of,

you know, shack and cause a couple $1,000,000 and they’ll

be a bidding war for said Shack.

I really wonder. Watt That will do for real estate,

because if you could you could stay in California.

Maybe move 3 four hours away from San Francisco or

the Bay.

And you can get a house that’s more affordable.

And if you are going to be working remotely indefinitely,

or even when things kind of go back to normal,

whatever, that will look like.

You probably only be required to come in less than

five days a week.

Uh, you know, maybe a once a week,

4 hour commute. Each way maybe that won’t be so


Uh, maybe maybe? I mean,

that’s really going to. I think that’s really going to

impact realestate ticular Lee in places like Silicon Valley and

San Francisco,

and possibly other places like New York,

but I’m really curious to see what the data will


So if you have that bad of a commute once

a week,

I think most people would be willing to tolerate that

for more affordable housing an.

You know, I don’t know.

I think that’s really going to impact kind of not

the high end ’cause I think people are always going

to want to have some property there,

but I really think it’s really going to change.

Kind of the lower to mid range of realestate all


Let me not just San Francisco,

but I can easily see this applying to New York,

Seattle. Places where. Technology companies have really driven up the

real estate recently.

I don’t know, you know,

and you also have the opportunity that you know if

you don’t have to go into the office at all,

why not move to Nebraska?

You know where land is much cheaper than anywhere in


I really think that when the dust shakes out of

this and now that remote work is much more accepted,

I think it’s. I think we’re going to see changes

or unanticipated changes.

I always like to say that one of the most

powerful forces in the universe is actually.

Unintended consequences, so I’m really curious to see how that


I can also imagine folks trying to sell real estate

in this environment.

Must be having a difficult time because you’re basically asking

people to kind of come and go into peoples homes.

If you are real estate agent and you are dealing

with this,

my heart goes out to you.

But if you like to talk on the show,

kind of about how this is impacting you,

I don’t know. I think that would be interesting to

our listeners listeners if you if you’re not interested in


please leave a comment and we won’t pursue that,

but I think it’ll be interesting to see how the

data shows,

kind of the fallout in real estate,

not just immediately, but I think over the long haul.

You know why pay millions of dollars for a condo?

That’s five blocks to an office that you’re not really

going to have to ever really set foot in.

It’s really going to become,

I think, at that point,

a lifestyle choice you want to live on a farm,

or you want to live in the heart of San


I think the same holds true for New York.

You know, any major city,

really. As long as there’s good bandwidth.

Doesn’t really matter where you are,

and I say this as someone that has worked remotely

for the better part of 15 years now with a

couple of exceptions here and then.

It’s interesting to see, kind of how this is going

to shake out.

And originally I was going to post this and talk

about how I’m getting my vitamin D ’cause I’m out

on my deck overlooking a forest and but Facebook did

not. Facebook live did not want to seem to let

me want to post with that.

I’m going to get some more vitamin D from the


The further protect myself. And you stay safe out there.

And if you have any thoughts about future shows,

I’m dropping a new show on Monday with a very

distinguished guest.

But I will not reveal that name.

’cause I think any and I want to keep that

as a surprise.

But we had a great time talking to him,

so that should drop Monday.

Today’s Saturday, May 16th, so that would be Sunday,

May 18th. See just did some math in my head.

Anyway, you have a great day.

About the author, Frank

Frank La Vigne is a software engineer and UX geek who saw the light about Data Science at an internal Microsoft Data Science Summit in 2016. Now, he wants to share his passion for the Data Arts with the world.

He blogs regularly at and has a YouTube channel called Frank's World TV. (www.FranksWorld.TV). Frank has extensive experience in web and application development. He is also an expert in mobile and tablet engineering. You can find him on Twitter at @tableteer.