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Old 04-07-2021, 09:30 AM
 
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Wharton:

Thanks for the information! I think a lot (regardless of which state) has to do with historical interest rates. Over the past few years a 30 year fixed rate is between 2.5%-3% As inflation creeps up on us & interest rates rise, things will level off.

I thought Refi at 4.875% about 10 years ago was a bargain! I refinanced about three+ years ago again at 2.875%.
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Old 04-07-2021, 12:08 PM
 
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Wharton:

Thanks for the information! I think a lot (regardless of which state) has to do with historical interest rates. Over the past few years a 30 year fixed rate is between 2.5%-3% As inflation creeps up on us & interest rates rise, things will level off.

I thought Refi at 4.875% about 10 years ago was a bargain! I refinanced about three+ years ago again at 2.875%.

Yea with low interest rates your 300k - 400k really is the price point that is in probably the highest demand.... As dual income families can now afford those homes with such low rates.

And Lancaster County has always had lower inventory due to its strict land conversation laws to protect open space and farmland.

That condo you shared a link with. Was very nice, great landscaping and character and awesome location. A shame you did not get it.

Ranches are also a little harder to find as well.. The area is mostly comprised of two story homes. The ranch style homes around Lancaster are typically small starter homes.

Hopefully you found a great agent that can get you to the front of the line next time. Agents have the ability to see homes that are Coming Soon to the market up to a week before it is officially listed. So having an agent on top of your price point and criteria will hopefully put you to the front.

Also when submitting an offer...crazy enough as it sounds but an offer letter can make you stand out to a seller, where you describe a little about yourself and why you like the home and why you want to move to the area. Sometimes Sellers will go with those buyers because they feel like the home will be well cared for.

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Old 04-07-2021, 03:43 PM
 
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Thanks Row!
Retirement is 5 years away. The plan was to buy between now & then. As I research areas. If I bought now, it would be a vacation get away until I retire. Prices now are CRAZY, regardless of what state.
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Old 04-11-2021, 07:50 PM
 
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You can still buy a very nice townhome 3 bedroom in Manheim Township for 200k to 240K. Any 3 bedroom townhouse over 240K is usually near a golf community. Valley Brook as well as Green View are two communities with mostly seniors and they are in great locations right next to Lancaster city.
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Old 04-15-2021, 07:10 AM
 
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Of the three Pennsylvania cities: Lancaster, Harrisburg and York. York is overall the least desirable.

I would not recommend York. It has a charming downtown area, but its economy is the least robust/diverse so it tends to have less amenities and has a strong blue collar feel since it lacks white collar industries or notable Universities: which both Lancaster and Harrisburg have.

You are advised to confine your comments to Fishtown, Northern Liberties, Passyunk, Manayunk, etc because you have no idea of which you speak.


York area is home to an incredible number of manufacturers. Compared to the rest of PA, York is an embarrassment of industrial prowess.


Companies in York Area Known Around the World
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Old 04-16-2021, 05:53 AM
 
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York has a Penn State branch campus along with York College. And I agree, I generally think of more manufacturing in York rather than Lancaster. I would just find a place outside York city itself.
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Old 04-16-2021, 11:09 AM
 
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You are advised to confine your comments to Fishtown, Northern Liberties, Passyunk, Manayunk, etc because you have no idea of which you speak.


York area is home to an incredible number of manufacturers. Compared to the rest of PA, York is an embarrassment of industrial prowess.


Companies in York Area Known Around the World

I know the Susquehanna Valley as well as I know the Philadelphia region.

Of the three cities: Harrisburg, Lancaster and York.

York has the lowest median income and smallest economy. That is all I stated. And I would not advise that area if you are seeking larger city amenities because it really does not have them.

Whereas Harrisburg and Lancaster do.
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Old 04-16-2021, 07:45 PM
 
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^ I’m not sure I agree. York is closest to Baltimore, and people pick this area for the lower taxes and direct commute to MD. If anything, I think Harrisburg is the least desirable.
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Old 04-18-2021, 07:37 PM
 
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^ I’m not sure I agree. York is closest to Baltimore, and people pick this area for the lower taxes and direct commute to MD. If anything, I think Harrisburg is the least desirable.

Harrisburg has a much larger and more robust economy than York and has the highest median household income amongst the three cities.

Harrisburg - State and Federal Government, Lobbyist, Law, Enginerring, Medicine

Lancaster - Higher Education, Law, Medicine, Arts/Culture

York - Manufacturing

Are in that order. York is the most blue collar of all the Central Pennsylvania small cities...



How many people from York are going to Baltimore on a daily basis?? That number is probably around 5% - 8% of the population if not lower..

York is the smallest city, with the smallest metro, the highest crime metro wide and the smallest and poorest economy and the lowest educated metro.

Those are all facts.

York has tons of potential... but in comparing the three cities.

Lancaster has the most robust downtown.

Harrisburg has the most potential.

And York also has potential but is by far the furthest behind economically..
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Old 04-20-2021, 05:54 AM
 
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Harrisburg has a much larger and more robust economy than York and has the highest median household income amongst the three cities.

Harrisburg - State and Federal Government, Lobbyist, Law, Enginerring, Medicine

Lancaster - Higher Education, Law, Medicine, Arts/Culture

York - Manufacturing

Are in that order. York is the most blue collar of all the Central Pennsylvania small cities...

I found it amusing that somebody would make a snarkly comment, directing you to "stay in your lane" regarding your knowledge. Having read your stuff for years, I'm pretty confident that you know this state better than many of our state's officials do.

The only thing I would add is that it's easy to tour Lancaster city and the immediate surroundings and not see it as an manufacturing powerhouse. It's only when you get to other areas of the county, from the edges of New Holland and Lititz, to all kinds of rural areas, do you get the whole picture. It's really an unusual place, It's nothing to go from one small city in PA, to another, and see the residential sprawl thin out, then the farmlands and forest, then a reverse as you get closer to your destination. Having never passed anything in the way of a manufacturing facility. Here you can take back roads from one small town to another, and end up passing everything from large medical equipment, structural steel, precast concrete, food, and other manufacturers, to dozens of medium to large shed building factories, farm equipment manufacturers of all sizes, etc..

The local paper does a report of the county's business health, ever year. It's a mind blowing read of exactly how far the county punches above it's weight. Everything from being the location of one of the largest bridge builders on the east coast, to manufacturing tens of thousands of custom play structures (upscale swingsets) to billions in food production, it's not only pretty amazing, it's also insanely diverse.
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