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Growing Number of People Moving to CT: Governor

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The governor held a news conference Friday morning to discuss the growing number of people relocating to Connecticut from other states. He also announced that the state's COVID-19 positivity rate is 2.9 percent, up from 2.3 the day before.

Connecticut's positivity rate was under 1 percent, but it has been increasing, wavering between 2 percent and 3 percent in recent weeks as many states see an increase in cases of the virus.

Gov. Ned Lamont made the announcement during a news conference about more people moving to the state.

He said a national survey ranked home sales in the Hartford metro area, including Hartford, Tolland, and Middlesex counties, as the third highest in the country.

Joanne Breen, a real estate broker and president of Connecticut REALTORS, said this has been the busiest year in at least 12 years.

Tammy Felenstein, the executive director of sales for the Stamford office of Halstead, a real estate brokerage firm, said she’s seeing people moving from New York City, where they were living in a few hundred square feet, and buying houses with several bedrooms, as well a pool and a yard.  

Lamont was asked whether the current state of the state's housing market is pricing people out, he said he welcomes growth and opportunity as well as affordable housing and managing growth.

RE/MAX reports that of the 53 metro areas surveyed in September 2020, the overall average number of home sales was down 3.3% compared to August 2020, and up 21.1% compared to September 2019.

The highest percentages were:

Lamont said the state is in a better economic position because of an influx of taxpayers.

Lamont will hold a news conference in Newtown at 11:30 a.m. and will be joined by several state and local officials, as well as real estate agents.

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