WESTMORELAND COUNTY (KDKA) – New study shows sales of rural homes in Pennsylvania have increased during the pandemic.
According to the Center for Rural Pennsylvania, COVID-19 and its impact are the driving forces. The study says the biggest impact was seen in the eastern part of the state, but western Pennsylvania has seen changes in the movement of people to rural areas.
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According to the Center for Rural Pennsylvania, the actual number of property transfers based on sales has fallen by about 2%.
However, if you break that down and compare rural to urban, there’s a drop of about 6%. But there was a 9 percent increase in home sales in rural Pennsylvania.
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In addition, many of the new residents came from out of state. A glance at a map from the study shows that in Westmoreland County the number of transfers was only 1.2, while Fayette and Somerset counties have 12.3 and 11, respectively. 6% increase in home sales.
Experts say coronavirus-related relocation and the need for space are the main factors.
“Business closures, job restructurings and health problems have caused more people to relocate,” State Senator Lisa Baker said.
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“New construction is on the rise unlike anything I’ve seen in the industry,” said Dionne Malush of Realty ONE Group Gold Standard.