Are you considering relocating to Pittsburgh? If you’ve never been here, you might be surprised to find that Pittsburgh was rated at the top of Rand McNally’s list of “Most Livable Cities” in 2007. Additionally, a 2009 Economist Magazine survey ranks Pittsburgh the most livable city in the U.S., considering factors such as stability, health care, culture and environment, education and infrastructure. Nationally acclaimed schools, world renowned hospitals and universities, wonderful museums and a variety of performing arts...it’s all here. A New Yorker article recently said of Pittsburgh: “a cool---dare we say---hip city”.
Even so, a small town sense of easiness remains. Pittsburghers are known for being friendly. If you ask a Pittsburgher for directions, it would not be unusual to receive an offer to take you there personally (i.e. “I’m going that way...why don’t you follow me in your car and I’ll show you...”) You can expect to know your neighbors here…people respect your privacy but still seem to look out for each other.
If you’ll be purchasing a home here, you’ll be pleased to know that Pittsburgh remains one of the most stabile real estate markets in the country. A recent National Association of Realtors report projected increases in property values in Western PA over the next five years, unlike many other real estate markets in the U.S., where declining values have been sorely experienced. A local axiom regarding Pittsburgh real estate that one hears is: “We weren’t at the party, so we don’t have the hangover!”
Due to the fact that Pittsburgh is generally an older city, much of our housing stock and neighborhoods are older and well-established. If you love older homes with character and charm, there is no shortage here within easy commuting distance of the city. Still, if you prefer newer construction homes, you won’t be disappointed with what Pittsburgh has to offer in the way of opportunities to purchase new or recently built homes.
As a long distance move brings with it a host of specific issues and potential difficulties, you’ll need a real estate professional that is equipped to guide you through the process and help to make your transition as smooth and pain free as possible. As a certified relocation expert, please feel free to contact me directly, or to request my services either through Prudential Preferred Realty’s relocation coordinator, or through your own relocation counselor.
Let me be the first to welcome you to Pittsburgh.