Great question! You are wise in considering all your options as you indicate you are just looking as your profile indicates.
State College, Pennsylvania is MUCH different than other markets.
We know what the reality of the market will bear on a property with our method of brokering real and personal property. We have experienced the crumbling of the housing markets first hand...
In other parts of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania we see much lower prices being brought to bear on real property.
In State College prices have declined but not near as much. We have asked the Centre County Association of Realtors to provide a compilation of the average days on market (DOM) and they do NOT publish this information. Why, you may ask? There is a method Agents/Realtors/Brokers use to prevent buyers from knowing just exactly how long a property will take to sell. What some do is "relist" these homes so to buyers they take the appearance of being "new" listings. REF. http://homebuying.about.com/b/2008/03/10/why-days-on-market-
Another possible reason that the Centre County Association of Realtors may not want to publish all the cold hard facts of real property sales or no sales is that it does not reflect well on the profession of which they are there to advocate for... You can ask them for these statistics but they will not make this information public.
So what are some of the factors in State College that make it different when compared to other parts of the Commonwealth and the Country?
Penn State keeps a significant part of the population transient. What does this do to housing markets? This situation does offer more stability and less fluctuation in prices realized with the sale of real property.
I hope this gives you some insight as to what makes State College different than other real property markets.
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