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Old 02-14-2021, 03:09 PM
 
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Hi,


We are a family from India with 3 kids ages 5, 3 and 9 months, presently living in Monroeville. We want to buy a home in a good school district in a Pittsburgh suburb in the $250K range with a good sized yard. We have been searching for homes in North Allegheny and Upper St. Clair School districts but are looking for a neighborhood with ethnic diversity. Our priorities are being close to a library and catholic church. Does anyone have any inputs about the neighborhoods in those school districts or any other diverse neighborhood?


Any advise is greatly appreciated!

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Old 02-15-2021, 08:29 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, Hilly South, Land of Doors
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The way the housing market is today, $250k and wanting a decent size yard may limit you.
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Old 02-15-2021, 09:49 AM
 
Location: Ben Avon/Kilbuck
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The way the housing market is today, $250k and wanting a decent size yard may limit you.

It might limit but that is still a decent budget for many areas, also depends on what you consider decent or good schools. $250k in a high rated school district is possible but somewhere like Mt Lebanon/USC at 250k you will likely need a little patience. At that price point you likely are not getting something remodeled or huge or the top house on the block but if you have some time to wait for that right house it is possible. Look at this home we sold last year https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/3...11311553_zpid/), it has a decent sized fenced yard that ended at $255k. Same things can be said of NA school districts


Right now in either USC or NA schools districts there are 8 homes for sale total under near that range, not a big selection but we are still early since most years its not until April/May we really start to see homes come on the market for the year but we will see since COVID still has things a little off.
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Old Yesterday, 06:57 PM
 
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Thank you for the tip! I guess we'll wait to decide on a home until mid summer. Its not very easy to do open houses with three under five
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Old Yesterday, 08:08 PM
 
Location: Allison Park, PA
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Thank you for the tip! I guess we'll wait to decide on a home until mid summer. Its not very easy to do open houses with three under five
Why not look at a surrounding county?
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Old Today, 10:41 AM
 
Location: O'Hara Twp.
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I think this budget is tough at the top tier districts. As mentioned above there just aren't a lot of homes in the top districts under 250,000. I think your requirements are pretty easy to meet, yard, library and catholic church.



You may want to expand it to the top 20 districts to get some more options.
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Old Today, 05:39 PM
 
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Why not look at a surrounding county?
If he asked for diversity I would assume that surrounding counties would be less desirable.
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Old Today, 07:29 PM
 
Location: Ben Avon/Kilbuck
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Thank you for the tip! I guess we'll wait to decide on a home until mid summer. Its not very easy to do open houses with three under five

Yes this is a shameless plug but get a Realtor if you don't have one. Trust me I understand looking at houses is not easy w/ kids so get an agent to show you homes when it is good for the kids to look. You (nor your kids) are a bother, its all part of the job and the seller is paying for pretty much all your agent's costs.



Last year we had clients w/ 3 autistic kids (great kids though) and another in a wheelchair, they knew what their kids could handle and we worked around it, couple times rescheduled, and a few times needed to work around food breaks. Not the end of the world for anyone.



Also unless you are paying cash make sure to have your preapproval ready before you are.
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Old Today, 08:25 PM
 
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You may want to get friendly with a realtor, with your budget you will need to move quickly to get a house. There are a lot of good districts in this area with a greater number of available homes.
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