What do people in Centre County ask me the most?

As I continue to meet new people in Centre County, and they discover that I’m a Realtor, the same question always comes up.  “What’s the Market like?  Are you still selling homes?”  My answer is almost always the same whether it’s spring, summer, fall or winter.  “We are doing great!  We are really busy and homes are still selling.”

We are lucky in a number of ways, but the #1 reason our market is so strong is our association with Penn State.  As a university community, we benefit in a huge way.  Real Estate is a local market.  When you have a popular university driving the real estate market, our property values go up.  How did we get our nickname, “Happy Valley?”  It was during the Great Depression.  When everyone else was losing their homes and standing in bread lines, we continued to prosper.  Happy Valley is one of the top 10 most recession proof cities in the US.  It’s also one of the top retirement areas, and all because we are lucky enough to live in an awesome university town.  

Next time you get irritated with student running across the road and making a ruckus downtown, try not to get irritated.  If you are a homeowner, you need to thank them. If it weren’t for them, you might not be living in Happy Valley!


  1. steve swigart 10/01/2014 at 6:24 PM

    Dear Jane, Thank you again for helping me send Aumen Locksmiths the confirmation information they needed to prove my ownership of the property at 109 Pebble Lane Bellefonte, PA. This in turn enabled them to unlock our front door when my daughter, Megan accidently locked herself out of our house.

    Your prompt attention along with your courtiessness and professionalism is very much appreciated. 

     You really saved the day. Megan indicated that a half hour after she got back in the house, there was a heavy rain downpour.

    You're the best! If any of my friends or colleagues look to buy real estate in Centre County, I will certainly recommend you to be their realtor.

    Sincerely, Steven B. Swigart

  2. Liz Piazza 10/07/2014 at 10:28 AM Thanks for the nice comments Steven. We here at KBB think the Cohicks are pretty great too! So happy they were able to help you.

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