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Why do people want to semi-migrate?

Emigration is a life-changing process that forces emigrants to start over, resettle, and learn a new way of life at both a personal and financial cost. However, migration does not involve the same stress and is, therefore a much easier alternative.

Emigration is a life-changing process that forces emigrants to start over, resettle, and learn a new way of life at both a personal and financial cost. However, migration does not involve the same stress and is, therefore a much easier alternative. People who are looking for a better lifestyle, a work-life balance, access to prestigious schools, and lower pollution find semi-migration an attractive prospect, as it is relatively safer and involves fewer struggles and delays than emigrating overseas.

Andrea Tucker, director at Mortgage reckons that a growing number of South Africans are looking for greener pastures within their borders to escape the stress of the big cities. Since interest rates have fallen, many were able to purchase a holiday home. According to several realtors, coastal properties were in high demand since people could afford their dream vacation home and wanted to live as close to the shore as possible.

Even as Lockdown restrictions have lessened, Alan Maritz, co-principal at Lew Geffen Sotheby's International Realty in Cape Town's southern suburbs and False Bay, claims that remote working will not be going away any time soon. She states that many companies have developed hybrid work models that allow employees to live a few hours away from their workplaces since they only need to be onsite part-time. COVID-19 forced many companies to reconsider their business model, integrating technology to enhance efficiency and accessibility. As a result, professionals are no longer bound to their offices but can relocate to a place where they have the best of both worlds - spending less time traveling to work and spending more time with their families. So you better hurry if you're contemplating migrating to the Garden Route. You're not the only one who dreams of working from your patio, overlooking the blue ocean and majestic mountains...

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