The problem with vetting national numbers is that local markets rarely reflect the national numbers. This causes problems, mostly due to false or unrealistic expectations if the local numbers don't gel with the national numbers.

The fact is there is never a perfect time to buy or sell a home. Only in hindsight do we realize that our timing was good, or maybe not so good. That said, it's important not to be paralyzed by the fear of not selling at the top or buying at the bottom or financing at rock-bottom rates.

There are still pundits (most notably Fiserv) who think falling home prices are in our future. Unfortunately, that expectation gets reported at the national level and is interpreted to mean prices in most markets will fall. This isn't the case, but it tends to attenuate activity through fear.

We are keen to emphasize that markets are local. But even in local markets that are rising, there will always be concerns about prices backsliding or the economy tanking. The key is to always factor in where we are in a historical context. Looking at the big picture removes some of the worry and places a long-term investment like residential real estate in the proper perspective. It also increases the likelihood of making a profitable purchase or sale.

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When you are buying or selling property in today's Harrisburg PA real estate market, it's important to have confidence in your real estate professional. Don’s commitment as your Harrisburg PA REALTOR® is to provide you with the specialized real estate service you deserve.

When you are an informed buyer or seller, you'll make the best decisions for the most important purchase or sale in your lifetime. That's why Don’s goal is to keep you informed on trends in Harrisburg PA real estate. With property values continuing to rise, real estate is a sound investment for now and for the future.

As a local area expert with knowledge of Harrisburg PA area communities, Don’s objective is to work diligently to assist you in meeting your real estate goals.

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