Zillow.com recently announced it’s 10 best places to buy a home in 2011. While national home values have fallen 26 percent since the peak of 2006, it’s understandable why many people are worrisome about entering the real estate market. What if we haven’t bottomed out yet?
There is some good news though. Even in a somewhat volatile housing market, there are many cities where the local economy is strong. Affordability is at an all-time high, home values are stable, and these markets are ripe with opportunity. Pittsburgh, PA is a perfect example, coming in at #4 on Zillow.com’s list of 10 best places to buy a home in 2011.
Here is an excerpt from the Zillow report, detailing the four factors it used to determine the best places for buyers in 2011:
StockMarketsReview also named Pittsburgh the most vibrant Real Estate market in the country just yesterday. Part of the reason being, Pittsburgh has built a fairly recession proof economic base - one where jobs in education, medical, and other stable sectors are a large percentage of the infrastructure. In short, the city is a model for many others to follow.
Here is the top 10 list on order:
Pittsburgh is one of the few cities where home prices are not just increasing on a yearly basis, but on a quarterly basis too. Showcased in a ABC News video Zillow reported that half of the homes in Pittsburgh are increasing in value. With the median home price of $110,300, a strong working economy, and home values that continue to tick upward ahead of the national average -- Pittsburgh is a tremendous place to consider moving!
They do have the Steelers in Super Bowl 45 next week too you know!