Americans across the nation struggle to pay rent

Many families are being forced to make difficult decisions as the effects of the coronavirus pandemic continue to be felt.
1:32 | 05/03/20

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Back now with the city exodus. American families deciding to pack up their families to move far from the crowds. Here's ABC's Deirdre Bolton. Reporter: Tonight, with 30 million Americans out of work, families are being forced to make heartbreaking decisions. I'm still left with the same choice of either I pay the rent and I am left without money for food or other essential goods. Reporter: Tonight, the coronavirus causing some city dwellers to consider a big Moe to the suburbs. The pandemic hit us so hard, because there is really -- it's very hard to completely isolate. Reporter: The usherenko family just closed on a house in New Jersey, paying $25,000 above the asking price, to escape their cramped Brooklyn apartment. When the quarantine started, I said to Julia, you know what? I bet you schools aren't even going to re-open, so we might as well move early. That really pushed up the timeline. Reporter: And they're not alone. A firm specializing in helping urbanites flee to the burbs says services are up 40%. Virtual 3-d home tours jumped 408% in March, according to one online broker. The suburbs are going to benefit greatly from increased demand over the next two to three years. I'm not certain that it's going to be a long-term trend beyond that, but at this point the such suburbs have the advantage. Reporter: One note for homeowners tonight, you may pay more in property taxes no matter where you live. Many public budgets are already facing a short fall, and taxes are one place to find money. Tom? Deirdre Bolton for us. Welcome to "World news tonight". First report tonight for us.

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