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Market Conditions are great in Erie Pa and the rates are low!!
Hello fellow Real Estate professionals. 
 I wanted to share with all of you how things are going here in Erie,PA. Erie has a stable market house prices have actually increased.  In the first 11 months of 2007 the Median residential house price in Erie county was $103,950 and in the first 11 months of 2008 it increased by 3.3% to $107,500. Looking at the same time frame in 2007 the average price of a residential property was $130,265 and in 2008 the average price of a residential property increased by 1.5% to $132,301. Also, here in Erie the banks are lending money and the rates are low.  I Have heard that in some parts of the country buyers need 30% down no matter their credit score or income.  That is not the case here in Erie. On a 30 year conventional your buyer could qualify for only 5% down with an interest rate of 5.75%, FHA/VA 3% down and 6.25% rate and PHFA is 3-5% down with a rate of 6.0%.  Now you can understand why I get upset with the media putting a blanket on the market conditions. We as Realtors have a responsibility to let the consumer know that rates are ... more

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