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Pa. couple denied mortgage because of nearby drilling

By Bob Downing Published: May 10, 2012

Pittsburgh TV station WTAE on Tuesday reported on a Pennsylvania couple who were denied a mortgage because of shale gas drilling across the street.

Affected were Brian and Amy Smith who live near Daisytown in Washington County.

The Smiths had applied for a new mortgage on their $230,000 house and hobby farm.

Quicken Loans congratulated them on their conditional approval.The company then a few days later to say the loan was denied.

In an email, Quicken Loanstold the Smiths that the company rejected the loan because of the drilling across the street.

Two other lenders also rejected the Smith's application.

Smith said he is troubled that drilling has affected his property values.

You can read the story  here.


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