Establishing your household in Pine Bluff
First things first: Finding a home
Good news! Pine Bluff offers a wide variety of housing opportunities to suit every taste and budget. In fact, Pine Bluff has been cited as having some of the most affordable housing of any metropolitan area in the United States. From apartments, townhouses and condominiums to single-family homes in suburban residential neighborhoods or acreage in the country, the Pine Bluff/Jefferson County area can meet your needs.
The Pine Bluff Metropolitan Statistical Area also includes, in addition to Jefferson County, adjacent, mostly rural, Cleveland and Lincoln counties. The total 3-county population is 100,258 (2010 census).
Regardless of your place of employment within the county, commuting time from prime residential areas is fast and easy; typically no more than 10 to 15 minutes, and often less. Delays from traffic congestion are unlikely, and major improvements in the city’s traffic patterns are under way to make travel even more convenient.
Finding an apartment
Apartments are available throughout the city and suburban areas. Visit our Membership Directory to assist your search. Unit availability varies, depending upon the overall economic conditions in the community, and the number of construction projects or other special conditions that may occur. Generally, a good variety of units, locations and prices will be found.
Finding the right house
Pine Bluff offers a wide range of housing opportunities in pleasant, tree-shaded and conveniently located neighborhoods. Housing costs in Pine Bluff are among the lowest in the nation. Custom-built homes in some of the newer subdivisions are ranging from $75 to $90 per square foot, but the typical existing three-bedroom home of more recent construction and containing 1,500 to 1,800 square feet would generally range from the upper $70’s to the lower $100’s.
Spacious and elegant homes in country settings, overlooking a golf course, or in a very fashionable neighborhood can usually be found as well. These range in price from about $250,000 to as high as $950,000. (The average price of new and existing homes sold in the county in 2008 was $94,200. A total of 442 homes were sold in 2008. The value of new and existing residential units sold in 2008 in the county was approximately $41,640,000.)
Home mortgages with interest rates below market may be available for families in lower annual income brackets. The Arkansas Development Finance Authority makes such home loans available through a revenue bond program designed to encourage home ownership. Ask your Realtor if you might qualify, and if such financing is currently available.
There are many highly qualified professional Realtors in the community who will be pleased to show you a variety of homes within your price range, and help to make all of the necessary arrangements for the purchase of a home you’ll love. Many of the Realtors participate in a multi-list program that provides them with current information on listings throughout the area.
Search our Membership Directory first when looking for a local realtor. You may also click the icon below to browse through the latest issue of Pine Bluff Real Estate magazine.