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Old 04-02-2009, 10:05 AM
 
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Question Houses for rent in Williamsport PA area?

My wife and I have an opportunity to relocate in several possible areas, one of which is Williamsport. Due to the real estate market here in NOVA, we plan to rent our house here for a year or two and look for a rental house where we are going. Anyone know what the real estate market in the Wmsport area is for rental homes - not an apartment, but a house (townhouse also possible)? This doesn't look easy!!
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Old 04-02-2009, 10:47 AM
 
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You shouldn't have any trouble finding a house for rent there.
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Old 05-27-2009, 10:15 PM
 
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Where would one go about finding rental homes? We are considering a job in Williamsport and are trying to check out the rental market for single family homes. I have searched online and not found much. The only thing with a few homes on it was Craigslist. Also what areas should we avoid? thanks for your help.
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Old 05-30-2009, 10:26 AM
 
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Where would one go about finding rental homes? We are considering a job in Williamsport and are trying to check out the rental market for single family homes. I have searched online and not found much. The only thing with a few homes on it was Craigslist. Also what areas should we avoid? thanks for your help.

You could try http://www.sungazette.com/ That is our local paper here in
Williamsport. Just for the record in case some one says it. Williamsport's crime has improved
over the last year or so. Don't let this negative stereotype about Wsmpt discourage you from
moving here. Williamsport has a lot going for it, I call it a city on the move. We are redeveloping
our downtown, trying to get a Kohl's department store to locate here, and other major national chain stores. We
have other economic things occurring like natural gas drilling, road and bridge upgrades, etc.
It's a beatiuful city of about 40,000 people. I live a block west of downtown and have never had any
crime issue or no of any with my neighbors. Good luck! If you have any other questions about
Wmspt feel free to ask.


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Old 05-30-2009, 10:34 AM
 
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Where would one go about finding rental homes? We are considering a job in Williamsport and are trying to check out the rental market for single family homes. I have searched online and not found much. The only thing with a few homes on it was Craigslist. Also what areas should we avoid? thanks for your help.
To further answer your question about areas to avoid in Wmspt. There aren't that many just a few areas to avoid really. There's a small section of Wmspt just west and north of downtown area that can be sketchy. Mainly areas from
campbell st to high st, west to memorial avenue. The historical section of downtown wmspt where I live is very nice. If your looking for upscale then any area north of the wsmpt hospital is quite nice. Rental houses around the Brandon Park area are also nice.
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Old 10-14-2011, 05:17 PM
 
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Hello, I am relocating to williamsport next mont but still looking for a single family home 3 bedrooms if possible. I enjoyed reading your reply to the last inquirer (momto3girls). Very good insight the area. Thanku so much.
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Old 10-16-2011, 07:23 AM
 
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Hello, I am relocating to williamsport next mont but still looking for a single family home 3 bedrooms if possible. I enjoyed reading your reply to the last inquirer (momto3girls). Very good insight the area. Thanku so much.
I moved out of the Wmspt area at the end of May. However, I have a good friend there who told me that there are some housing shortage issues in the area-- between the influx of gas workers and the flooding that devastated homes, housing is pretty tight right now.

I disagree with shanewilliamsport-- there are more areas than that to avoid. I would stay out of Newberry. I would avoid Lycoming Creek Road. Pretty much all of downtown, too. I don't know the directions, but we always joked that Market Street was the dividing line. Anything to the left (if you are traveling North I suppose) should be avoided. The right side is where you want to be, if you need modest housing and are living in Williamsport. East End. Grampian is beautiful, but pricy.
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Old 02-10-2012, 11:49 AM
 
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Smile My family is also looking to relocate to Williamsport

My boyfriend's employer is now set up in the Lycoming region (involved with gas drilling) and will be there for the next 20+ years or so. I have the double task of finding a new job there as well as try to locate a rental home for us that doesn't break the budget.

I am aware that last September 2011 there was a lot of flooding in the area, I 've seen the devastation. I did see the helpful hints in the posts that recommended areas to avoid. This is good to know.

I have checked Craigslist and most homes on that list will break my monthly budget for rent for sure!!! We currently have a newly remodeled rental, 2 story. 3/BR 1 bath home in the Halifax PA area for $650/month. Rent seems high in Williamsport for homes vs. apartments (but apartments seem a little on the high side as well.)

Our lease is up now and we are on a month-to-month basis. I also need to check into the school district there (have a 12YO son) and see what it is like. He is high functioning on the autistic spectrum.

I did see the local paper mentioned so I will try to get a copy of that. Any suggestions on taking on a relocation? I decided to start with finding us a place to live- we're looking at a move before fall 2012. Is there any real estate companies in the area that have rental homes available? I don't really know where to start.
Thanks for your help!
Karen
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Old 02-10-2012, 02:33 PM
 
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Good luck, everyone is in the same boat. All you can do is use the same resources everyone else has, such as newspapers and real estate companies. There is no magic wand or secret source.

This part of PA hasn't seen a boom like this in a century, so much so that houses around here were about the cheapest in the country.

This boom has brought in such an influx of people way, way, way beyond what the area can handle with normal growth. It's just the way it is. It's put a massive pressure on locals, especially those with their regular low wage jobs, as before they could get by fine and now the gas people pay whatever, so rent has gone through the roof. The upside is that it has brought a lot of growth to local businesses and also added a lot of good paying jobs, which just didn't exist even 5 years ago.

It's going to take a while to catch up and probably by the time it does the boom will end, just as I saw it do living previously in Texas, Oklahoma and Colorado.

Also houses are still cheap to buy and in most cases you can still buy for cheaper than it costs to rent. If you plan on staying for a while, don't bother wasting money and time on rent, just buy a house. There are still tons of houses for sale for less than $100K.
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Old 04-05-2012, 07:32 AM
 
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I've lived in wiliamsport almost my whole life and newberry and lycoming creek are not bad places to live, better than most of williamsport. The only reason they are trying to fix up downtown is to cover up all the drugs and violience so dont let people fool you it isnt the nicest area to live in. If your planning on spending over 1,000 a month with nothing included then you'll be fine other than that good luck! coming from a younger person whom has to pay that outragious price for these half taken care of houses!!!! If you want to find a nice place your better off looking on the out skirts of williamsport. Ohh and as for the "historical" area, thats where you'll find most of your drugs and college parties. Good Luck!
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