Pittsburgh’s real estate market is so strong right now that Realtor Theresa Lestitian White was rejected when she called to make one appointmentthe seller’s agent was juggling 20 showings in four hours.

“We’re dealing with a lot of multiple offers,” says White, an agent with RE/MAX South. “I believe we’re a little stronger this spring, but the last three years have been really strong. There are so many factors that play into thatnumber one, money is cheap. It’s much more economical to purchase, if you can, than to rent.”

If you’re house hunting, $250,000 buys you a single-family home in the suburbs and many city neighborhoods, or a condo in some of the hottest neighborhoods. An FHA-insured loan requires only a 3.5 percent down payment; with good credit, you can put 5 percent down for a conventional loan.

Here’s a sampling of what’s for sale for $250,000 or slightly moreincluding a contingency sale White secured for a home in Brighton Heights that drew multiple offers the day it was listed.

4008 Northminster St., Brighton Heights

4008 Northminster St., Brighton Heights.


Neighborhood:  4008 Northminster St., Brighton Heights

Asking price:  $250,000

Style:  Two-story brick

Description: This four-bedroom, 2.5-bath home built in 1910 has hardwood floors, original woodwork, pocket doors and plaster walls. Its updated kitchen has cherry cabinetry, granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. The dining room has a decorative fireplace; the second floor has a laundry room. The master suite occupies the third floor with a spa-like bath and walk-in closet. In the backyard are a deck and garden.

302 Cross Creek Court, West View

302 Cross Creek Court, West View.

Neighborhood: 302 Cross Creek Court, West View

Asking price: $260,000

Style: Two-story brick

Description: This home built in 1991 has an open floor plan with wall-to-wall carpeting. The kitchen, with oak cabinets, opens to the family room with a brick hearth and log-burning fireplace. The living room has space for a home office. Upstairs are four bedrooms, including a master suite with full bath and large closets. This 2.5-bath home has a deck, lower-level patio and large yard, as well as a two-car garage.

121 Linden Ave., Edgewood

121 Linden Ave., Edgewood.


Neighborhood: 121 Linden Ave., Edgewood

Asking price: $250,000

Style: Victorian

Description: Built in 1902, this five-bedroom, two-bath home in the Woodland Hills School District is located on a tree-lined street. It has hardwood floors, original fireplaces, lots of closet space and an upper-level master suite. The eat-in kitchen has oak cabinetry and an oversized refrigerator. The rear sun porch and large backyard add outdoor living space.

5321 5th Ave., Shadyside

5321 5th Ave., Shadyside.

Neighborhood: 5321 5th Ave., Apt. 2, Shadyside

Asking price: $252,000

Style: Victorian

Description: This one-bedroom, 1.5-bath condo in an ideal location near UPMC Shadyside, shops and restaurants drew a contingency sale. The unit is tucked in the back of a converted Fifth Avenue mansion built in 1890, with its original dining room. Listing agent Robin Taylor with Berkshire Hathaway points out the woodwork, high ceilings, hardwood floors and large windows, as well as private outdoor patio. The bedroom and bath are upstairs. There is off-street parking and a basement laundry room.

The former McCleary School at 5267 Holmes St., Lawrenceville

The former McCleary School at 5267 Holmes St., Lawrenceville.

Neighborhood: 5267 Holmes St., Unit 302, Lawrenceville

Asking price: $249,000

Style: Condo/townhome

Description: The landmark McCleary School is being transformed into 25 units, including this one-bedroom, 1.5-bath living quarters. The building retains many charming details from its days as a school, such as original chalkboards and built-ins. The kitchen has an island and all appliances, and the building has electric heat and central air conditioning. Located close to Butler Street’s restaurants and shops, the building has a shared rooftop deck, gym, dog-washing facility, covered off-street parking and outdoor bike storage. Buyers get a tax abatement.

1721 Merriman Court, South Side.

1721 Merriman Court, South Side.


Neighborhood: 1721 Merriman Court, South Side

Asking price: $269,000

Style: Condo

Description: Looking for a newer home? This riverside condo was built in 2007 and has a city view. The living room has a corner fireplace and sliding door to the deck. The kitchen has a pass-through to the dining room. The master bedroom has a sink with a dressing area leading to the main bathroom; the other bedrooms are large. The laundry room, storage room and garage are in the lower level; a second vehicle could be parked under the deck.