Just like people have formed “pods” of friends and family they socialize with as the pandemic continues tearing around the country, those who feel adventurous—or just comfortable bending the rules—are going on what may as well be called “pod vacations”: Little (and occasionally secret) trips with a group of trusted people. With most of the typical reasons for traveling—sightseeing, eating at new restaurants, and general touristing—made irrelevant by the coronavirus, pod vacationers are mostly in search of a brief change of scenery with a group of friends.
Some hard data on co-buying - twice as popular as 12 months ago:
About 4% of first-time buyers purchased homes with housemates from July 2018 through June 2019, according to National Association of Realtors® data. And while that probably doesn't sound like much, it's double the percentage of those same buyers in the previous 12-month period.
And this cartoon so succinctly summarizes the benefits of living with friends — low friction social interaction — that we might not need to write 10,000 words about it.
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