Property tax rates in Berks County, PA, are some of the highest in Pennsylvania and vary greatly from one area to the next. If you are in the midst of house hunting, real estate taxes should be one of several factors you analyze when choosing between homes to purchase.
At Berks Real Estate with RE/MAX, we are experts in residential real estate in Berks County and the surrounding counties and have been involved with hundreds of real estate transactions throughout southeastern Pennsylvania.
Buying a home may be the largest and most expensive purchase you’ll make in your lifetime. The Matt Wolf Team knows the region well and puts this knowledge to good use for every one of our real estate clients to help them find the home of their dreams.
About Property Taxes & Insurance
The number one goal for most home buyers is to find a community that you feel will be the best fit for you and your family.
Next, before you get carried away looking at homes, you’ll most likely want to get pre-approved by a lender for a mortgage. This will tell you the price range in which you should be house hunting. It will also give sellers confidence that you will be able to close the deal.
There are also other criteria to consider, such as the cost of property taxes and homeowners insurance, to help you determine the overall affordability of a home.
Property taxes can be a big part of the cost of home ownership and, unlike your mortgage, they are generally never paid off. You’ll continue paying taxes for as long as you own your home, and they may increase or decrease from year to year.
Pennsylvania ranks 13th out of the 50 states for property taxes as a percentage of median income, and Berks County’s are among the highest at an average of 1.77% of the home’s assessed fair market value.
At that rate, real estate taxes on a home in the city of Reading, PA, where the median assessed value of homes is $64,000, would be approximately $1,133 per year.
In more expensive areas of Berks County, like Mohnton or Douglassville, where median assessed values are $166,000 and $260,000 respectively, the annual taxes would be about $2,938 and $4,602.
Expect to add a minimum of $850 to $1,000 per year for homeowners insurance in Berks County. Your home will be your castle, and you’ll want to protect the structures, your household and personal possessions, and protect yourself from liability when someone is injured on your property.
Purchasing a home in Berks County, PA is exciting, but potential buyers should know they’ll have to add property taxes, insurance, and other expenses to the asking price. The Matt Wolf Team can help you calculate your expenses and find a home you love. Call us today at (610) 685-3189 to get started!
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