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Real estate sales in Pennsylvania rural areas booming

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With their daughter Abby ready to graduate from college, Kevin and Cathy Glikes, of Robinson, Pa., went shopping for a second home.

What they found for sale online was a cozy, three-bedroom, 2½-bath condominium in Seven Springs Mountain Resort that Cathy Glikes, 58, said she and her husband, 63, quickly fell in love with.

“When we saw our place — it was just home,” said Cathy Glikes, a retired preschool teacher. “It’s a nice getaway from the big city. It was just the right time.”

It has been just the right time for many others to move to rural Pennsylvania — even from Maryland, Virginia, Florida and Texas — a new report by the Center for Rural Pennsylvania found. But along with the move has come traffic congestion on twisting country roads and worries about broadband speed, trash pickup and other municipal services that can be lacking in small towns.

The Center for Rural Pennsylvania, an advisory group to the General Assembly, found the…

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