Poll: Tel Avivians Wouldn’t Move North If You Paid Them

Tel Aviv. Photo by Miriam Alster/FLASH90
High-rise buildings in central Tel Aviv. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

Israelis tend to move house in the summer (in order to get into their new homes in time for the new school year), but few, if any, residents of Tel Aviv and its environs would be prepared to move to peripheral areas of northern Israel is they could avoid it. Even if they were given a free apartment and a job, 40 percent of Tel Aviv residents would not make the move, a poll by the Rafi Smith organization shows. Yerushalayim residents were less opposed to that move, with 27 percent saying they would not take that deal.

The poll was taken on behalf of relocation organization GetMoving, and queried Israelis on a number of home- and moving-related matters. More than three-quarters of those who responded – 76 percent – give the government a “poor” rating on the issue of affordable housing. Only 2 percent think the government is doing a very good job on making housing more affordable. A total of 45 percent of Israelis, based on the sample, say that Finance Minister Moshe Kachlon is not the right man to take on the housing market, as he promised prior to last year’s election.

Nearly half of Tel Aviv residents – 43 percent – rent, as do 46 percent of Sharon residents, and 42 percent of those living in Yerushalayim. Thirty-four percent usually rent one apartment before buying their own, while 21 percent said they rented twice.

When it’s time to buy, two-thirds of Israelis get some form of help from their parents; in Yerushalayim, that figure jumps to 78 percent, followed by Tel Aviv at 73 percent. In the south, only 58 percent of residents use parental help to purchase a home.

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