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Pennsylvania Home Buying

Maybe you’re buying your first home in Pennsylvania, or perhaps you’re relocating to Pennsylvania from another state. Either way, it’s important that you educate yourself on Pennsylvania home loans before shopping for a home and mortgage. This article explains what you’ll need to know before buying a home in Pennsylvania:

The median price of a home in Pennsylvania is $97,000. Recently, homes in Pennsylvania have been appreciating at rates below the national average. However, in some parts of Pennsylvania, appreciation rates are at an all time high. The highest appreciation rates are in Philadelphia and Allentown. As a result, income levels in many parts of Pennsylvania are too low to purchase a median-priced home with a conventional loan. In fact, homeowners in many Pennsylvania cities pay more than the recommended 30% of their incomes toward housing.

The price of homes in Pennsylvania varies widely between zip codes. For example, in Westchester, Pennsylvania, the median price of a home in the summer of 2005 was $230,000; however, in Tornbury, Pennsylvania, the median price of a home was $300,000, and in Manheim Township, Pennsylvania, it was $170,000. Average interest rates in Pennsylvania are above the national average.

Pennsylvania law does allow prepayment penalties if the loan amount is greater than $50,000. However, it prohibits balloon loans that are to be paid off in less than 10 years. Additionally, Pennsylvania law does not allow mortgage contracts that include an increase in interest rate should the borrower default on the loan.