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First-time Buyers, Meet Pittsburgh: The Best Place for You to Buy

First-time Buyers, Meet Pittsburgh: The Best Place for You to Buy


We get it. Buying a home for the first time is a scary thing. But, first-time home buyers in Pittsburgh have got something on their side – Pittsburgh is the best city in the U.S. for first-time home buyers.

No, it’s not because of the pierogis or Primanti’s (though we can all agree those local favorites don’t hurt when it comes to a “best of” list like this). It’s not even because of the city’s decorated sports history. But, seriously, Let’s Go Pens!

In fact, we didn’t even compile the stats that prove there is no better city for first-time buyers than Pittsburgh. SmartAsset did. We’ll let them crunch the numbers, but we’ll give you five more reasons that Pittsburgh is the best city for first-time home buyers.

1. Pittsburgh is affordable. Of course, affordability tops the list of reasons why Pittsburgh is perfect for first-time buyers. Not only are home prices reasonable in Pittsburgh, but loans are accessible, too. Though borrowing requirements have tightened up across the nation, there are loan options that don’t require first-time buyers to put down 20, 10 or even 5% of a home’s purchase price. So, buying a home in Pittsburgh is more than affordable.

2. Pittsburgh’s got a home to meet your style. Whether a single millennial is looking for a loft or a newly-married couple is searching for a 3-4 bedroom home for their growing family, Pittsburgh truly has a home for everyone. First-time home buyers can find everything from colonial styles to trendy new homes and a whole lot in between in Pittsburgh.

3. You’ll fit in to a Pittsburgh neighborhood. Not only do home styles vary in Pittsburgh, but so do the neighborhoods. First-time buyers looking for city living can find an apartment or condo downtown. From Moon Township to Pittsburgh’s North Hills, there are plenty of suburbs that are perfect for first-time buyers, too.

4. There is always something going on in Pittsburgh. Finally, we get to talk about the food, sports and culture. Pitttsburgh’s got hometown cooking and fine dining options for days! Penguins, Steelers, Pirates. Need we say more when it comes to sports? Carnegie, Warhol and Heinz are just a few of the names that adorn the city’s many museums, science centers and music halls. While we’re at it, don’t forget about the zoo, regional parks within the city or Kennywood. No first-time buyer (or fifth-time buyer for that matter) will ever be lacking something to do in Pittsburgh.

5. First-time home buyers find jobs in Pittsburgh. Ok, so we’ve bragged on the real estate market and entertainment options in Pittsburgh, but let’s take a serious look at another thing that makes Pittsburgh so popular for first-time buyers – the job market is thriving. Industries like healthcare, education and technology reign supreme in Pittsburgh (Can we say UPMC and Google?!) Not only can first-time buyers find the right home in Pittsburgh, they also can find their career here, too.

Thanks to SmartAsset for compiling the data to confirm what we already knew – Pittsburgh is the best place for first-time home buyers (OK, and any home buyers) to find the perfect home. If you’re ready to buy your first home, let us show you around Pittsburgh!