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Field Guide to Commuting and the Home Buying Decision

(Updated March 2013)
Commuting – the bane of our workweek! For many Americans, commute times or public transportation options figure strongly in their home-buying decisions. This field guide offers statistics, articles, and even alternatives to mind-numbing rush hours. (M. Martinez-Garcia, University Librarian & Manager, Collection Development)


Commuting Issues

Learning to love your commute, (U.S. News, Jan. 7, 2013).

Commuting can lead to mental and physical health issues, (CBS Boston, Apr. 5, 2012).

A commute too far, (Wall Street Journal, Apr. 3, 2011).

Suburb vs. Exurb; Is it better to buy a home in a close-in suburb or a newer house farther away from the city, (Wall Street Journal, Dec. 17, 2010).

'Transit’ Housing Back on Track, (New York Times, June 9, 2010).

Travel swells cost of housing, (Boston Globe, Apr. 12, 2010)


Commuting and Where to Live

High housing prices lead to lengthy commutes, (KQED News, Mar. 5, 2013).

Commuter towns hold value better, (North Jersey.com, Mar. 3, 2013).

How do rising gas prices affect the housing market?, (Realty Pin.com, Feb. 24, 2013).

How far should you live from work?, (Per Square Mile, Aug. 22, 2012).

An ecological calculator to help make your home-buying decision, (Washington Post, Apr. 1, 2011).

Housing + Transportation affordability index, (Center for Neighborhood Technology, Mar. 2010)—Transportation costs of 337 metro areas.


Green Commuting

Where the rich use public transport, (City Atlas, Oct. 17, 2012).

Telecommuting and flexible jobs are good for the environment, (San Francisco Chronicle, Apr. 4, 2011)

Would You Take a Pay Cut to Telecommute? (PC World, Apr. 5, 2011)

Green your commute, (Monster.com).


Statistics, Reports, Studies

The New Real Estate Mantra – Location Near Public Transportation, (American Public Transportation Association in partnership with the National Association of REALTORS®, Mar. 2013).

On Common Ground – Transportation, (National Association of REALTORS®, Winter 2013).

Commuter Tax Benefits, (National Center for Transportation, Jan. 2, 2013).

Mega Commuting in the U.S., (Census Bureau, 2012).

Public Transportation Statistics, (Natural Resources Defense Council, July 17, 2012).

Transportation and the New Generation – Why young people are driving less, (U.S. Pirg Education Fund, Apr. 2012).

2012 Urban Mobility Report, (Texas A&M Transportation Institute, Dec. 2012).

Bike-and-Ride: Build It and They Will Come, (Univ. of California Transportation Center, Dec. 2012).

Transit access and zero-vehicle households, (Brookings Institution, Aug. 2011)

The 2011 Community Preference Survey—What Americans are looking for when deciding where to live, (National Association of REALTORS®, Apr. 2011).

Challenges and Policy Options for Creating and Preserving Affordable Housing near Transit and in Other Location-Efficient Areas, (Center for Housing Policy, Dec. 2010)

Penny wise, pound fuelish, New measures of housing + transportation affordability, (Center for Transit Oriented Development, March 2010).


Commuting Websites

The true cost of driving, (Commute Solutions.org)—Commuting calculator

Public Transportation Savings Calculator, (Public Transportation.org)

Housing + Transportation Affordability Index, (Center for Neighborhood Technology)

Walk Score, (WalkScore.com)—Find out how "walkable" your home is

U.S. Local & State Transit Links. (American Public Transportation Association).

Commuter choice primer. (U.S. Department of Transportation)—An Employer's Guide to Implementing Effective Commuter Choice Programs

Commuter Choice Brochure. (U.S. Department of Transportation) —Addresses commuting's impact on communities and businesses


eBooks & Other Resources

eBooks.realtor.org

The following eBooks and digital audiobooks are available to NAR members:

Will Work from Home (Adobe PDF eBook)

The 30-second commute (Adobe eReader)


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