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This week on December 19th there will be a HUD Homebuyer webinar hosted by Nancy Braun, Owner of Showcase Realty, perfect for homebuyers and investors. In this Webinar we will discuss who can purchase HUD homes and when. Myth battles fact in common misconceptions about HUD homes.
Did you know?
-HUD does not provide direct financing to buyers of HUD Homes.
-Almost anyone can buy a HUD home.
– You can purchase a HUD home at a 50% discount from the original list price if you meet certain qualifications.
-You can purchase a home with just $100 down!
We will also be discussing different investment strategies and discuss a very common “Get Rich Quick” strategy made popular by TV shows. We will also advise you on what investment properties to avoid and the realities of being an investor. You will be a LANDLORD at some point (if you want a steady income property).
Much more will be discussed at the FREE HUD Home Buyers Webinar! Attend it on Thursday December 19th at 2-3 PM! You will also receive a FREE HUD Tool Kit after the Webinar so don’t hesitate to register for the event today! https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8895772902378965762
Just like other holidays and important events, Halloween has evolved a lot since it started thousands of years ago. As one of the world’s oldest holidays, it has been celebrated today by more individuals from different parts of the world than ever before.
The term Halloween was originally spelled as “Hallowe’en,” which is contraction of All Hallows Eve, a term for the day before All Hallows Day, otherwise known as All Saints Day. The latter is a Catholic holiday celebrated on November 1 since the early Middle Ages where Christian saints along with martyrs are commemorated.
The history of Halloween originates in the ancient Celtic festival regarded as Samhain, a celebration of the end of the harvest season in the Gaelic culture. The ancient Gaels believed that, on October 31, there is an overlapping of the boundaries between the world of the living and the dead. At the same time, the deceased would come back to life and will cause havoc like sickness. Based on the prehistoric observance, Halloween used to mark the end of summer and the onset of winter where people celebrated it with sacrificial offerings, homage to the dead, feasts, and bonfires.
Like the Celts, the European people during that time also believed the same thing; that the spirits of the dead would came to visit the earth during Halloween. However, they feared that the spirits would hurt them or cause problems, which is why during the night they wore costumes to look like ghost and other evil creatures. They believed that by doing such, the spirits would think they’re also dead and they would remain unharmed. As the Europeans migrated to the United States, they brought such tradition with them.
“Trick or treat” entered the picture when there was an increasing number of Halloween pranks and mischief during the 1920s and 1930s. Schools and communities want to curb the increasing number of vandalism that’s why they encouraged the “trick or treat” concept. But the practice we do and see today where children wear costumes doing “trick or treat” started only during the mid-1940s.
Today, Halloween is the second most commercially successful holiday next to Christmas and is the third biggest party being celebrated yearly behind New Year as well as Super Bowl Sunday. Men and women of every age now celebrates Halloween in different ways like decorating their homes, wearing odd costumes, joining parades, and more. But we all have to remember, as long as we celebrate Halloween in a safe and happy way, then there’s no problem with celebrating it in different ways.
In the credit game, you are supposed to lose. If you lose, THEY win. “They” of course, refers to the big Banks and Credit Bureaus. Both of whom benefit greatly when your credit score is lower. The Banks charge you a higher rate of interest and the Credit Bureaus look good to their #1 customer…The Banks!
One of the most complicated aspects of your credit score is what we call “revolving debt ratio”. It’s worth 30% of your score and almost no one knows about it! Keep in mind, your payment history is worth 35% of the score, just to give some perspective on the importance of this component. Your revolving debt ratio is simply the amount of money you owe on your revolving accounts divided by the limits on those accounts. A revolving account is an account where you don’t have a set payment amount with a set amount of payments to make to pay off the loan. A credit card is the most common example. You make payments based on your balance, which could be as little as zero. So, if you have a credit card with a $10,000 limit, and your balance is $5,000, then your revolving debt ratio is 50%. The credit scoring model measures this on an account-by-account basis and an overall basis.
Here’s the problem: By the time you get your statement in the mail, the credit card company has already sent your balance to the credit bureaus. They do so the day after your statement ending date. So, if you use your card throughout the month, like many of us have been told to do, then pay it off when you get the bill, you are never getting credit for it!!! The bureaus are never getting the information that the account is paid off!
Here’s the solution: Pay your credit card bills before the statement ending date. If you do this, then they will reflect their lowest balance of the month, instead of their highest balance of the month like the Banks and Bureaus prefer. With this component making up such a huge part of your score, it’s likely you’ll see an increase right away without spending more money than you already allocated.
This article originally appeared on mr.credit.org
Home prices have continuously fallen in 18 of 20 US States over the past year. This statistic was found by a report made by Standard & Poor’s Case-Schiller Home Price Index released early this month.
The Mecklenburg Times published an article on this data last week. According to that article, home prices in the Charlotte meto area fell 4.8 percent in January from the same month a year ago and the area’s home prices were down 1.1 percent from December to January.
“Keeping with the trends set in late 2010, January brings us weakening home prices with no real hope in sight for the near future,” David Blitzer, chairman of S&P’s index committee, said of the U.S. housing market.
“These data confirm what we have seen with recent housing starts and sales reports,” he said. “The housing market recession is not yet over, and none of the statistics are indicating any form of sustained recovery. At most, we have seen all statistics bounce along their troughs. At worst, the feared double-dip recession may be materializing.”
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The Charlotte Business Journal published today that according to the N.C. Employment Security Commission unemployment in the Charlotte metro area dropped to 10.7 percent in February from 11.2 percent in January.
The following is an excerpt from this article detailing employment pertentages in the Charlotte Metro & surrounding areas:
“Mecklenburg County’s jobless rate in February was 10.2 percent, unchanged from the January level.
Here are the February unemployment rates for N.C. counties in the Charlotte region, followed by the January rates:
•Alexander: 11.1 percent, down from 12.3 percent.
•Anson: 12.9 percent, down from 13.8 percent.
•Cabarrus: 10.3 percent, down from 10.8 percent.
•Catawba: 12.2 percent, down from 12.6 percent.
•Cleveland: 12 percent, down from 12.4 percent.
•Gaston: 11.4 percent, down from 11.6 percent.
•Iredell: 11.1 percent, down from 11.4 percent.
•Lincoln: 11.5 percent, down from 12 percent.
•Mecklenburg: 10.2 percent, unchanged.
•Rowan: 11.3 percent, down from 12 percent.
•Stanly: 11 percent, down from 11.8 percent.
•Union: 9.2 percent, down from 9.6 percent.
As previously reported, North Carolina’s unemployment rate dipped to 9.7 percent in February from 9.8 percent in January.”
For the full article: Charlotte-area unemployment dips to 10.7% | Charlotte Business Journal
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According to an article published on February 1, 2011 in DSNews, a study done by Movoto.com, a real estate site based in California, more than half of American families can afford to buy a new home based on income levels and listing prices. The following is an excerpt from the article which gives insight on the reasoning behind this statistic:
“While the site’s user search statistics show high interest in affordable price ranges, the company says buyers find it difficult to purchase short sales and foreclosures and banks are still reluctant to lend.
With 2010’s median family income at $64,400, at least 50 percent of families could afford to buy a home priced at $150,000 or higher, according to Movoto.com.
A person with an annual salary of $64,400 could reasonably afford a $215,000 home with a 5 percent down payment, an interest rate of 5 percent on a 30 year mortgage, and property taxes at 1.25 percent, assuming a monthly mortgage payment to monthly income ratio rate of 25 percent, the company explained in a statement.
However, these numbers do not add up to more home sales.
‘According to the numbers, buyer interest, affordability, and home price inventory have aligned,’ said Henry Shao, CEO of Movoto. ‘Median income levels can support mortgages at the most readily available housing prices, but we have yet to see a corresponding jump in sales.'”
According to a report released by Credit Suisse on January 6, 2011 demand in the Charlotte home market remains weak as buyers fear further price declines. Charlotte, NC is the 13th largest market in the country. The following are quotes directly from the December 2010 report for the Charlotte, NC real estate market:
“Buyer traffic remained at weak levels well below agents’ expectations in December, as our traffic index fell slightly to 20 from 21 in December (readings below 50 point to traffic levels below agents expectations). Agents said that there was little change to speak of in December relative to November, as buyers remain fearful and are willing to wait on the sidelines until more concrete signs of a bottom emerge. Another agent also said that the recent spike in mortgage rates has started to hurt.
Prices continue to fall. Home prices fell further in December, as our home price index
improved to 17 from 7 in November, but remained far below a neutral reading of 50 (any
reading below 50 indicates lower home prices over the past 30 days). Prices continue to
come under pressure as a result of the weak demand and elevated inventory levels,
especially as distressed properties continue to come back to market. Inventory appeared
stable in December, as our home listings index improved to 46 from 43 in November,
essentially in-line with a neutral level of 50. However, the length of time needed to sell a
home increased further, reflecting the weakness in demand, as our time to sell index came
in at 18 in December (from 11 in November), with readings below 50 indicating a longer
time needed to sell a home over the past month. The longer time to sell is typically a
negative leading indicator for home prices.”
If you or someone you know are looking for a home in the Charlotte Metro and surrounding areas, click here.
For more information on Credit Suisse, click here.
Homes sold without the help of a real estate professional dropped to a record low over the past year. According to the 2010 NAR Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, unrepresented sellers made up only 11 percent of the market, down from 13 percent in
Owners who sell their home without the help of an agent usually sell to someone they already know. Factoring out those private sales, the actual number of homes sold on the
open market without professional assistance was a record low 5 percent, compared to 10 percent in 2004.
With the higher rate of foreclosed and short sale properties on the market currently, buyers need to use a certified Realtor to help navigate through a sale or purchase. It is not out of the ordinary for many Realtors to be unfamiliar with the process, and this can make the real estate journey a lot harder for the buyer.
Finding a Realtor that can assist you and your needs is the best way to find a home or have your property sold in a timely manner.
For help with this process you can contact Showcase Realty by clicking here to get started on your way to selling or purchasing a property.
The election is over and so is the need to keep interest rates artificially low. If we absorb the pain now, we’ll be less likely to remember it during the 2012 election. Don’t wait! Rates are rising!
Interest Rate Roundup for Dec. 2, 2010 from Bankrate.com
4.71% (30-year fixed)
0.36 (average points)
Here’s a look at the state of mortgage rates from Bankrate.com’s weekly national survey of large banks and thrifts conducted Dec. 1, 2010.
Mortgage products took a sharp leap upward this week, with the 15- and 30-year home loans rising significantly amid signs that the U.S. economic recovery may also be gathering strength.
The 30-year fixed rate mortgage shot up 13 basis points, to 4.71 percent, its highest level since last summer. A basis point is one-hundredth of 1 percent.
The story was much the same for 15-year fixed rate mortgages, although their ascent was not as steep, climbing 10 basis points to 4.07 percent.
The rises were more moderate for adjustable-rate mortgages. The popular 5/1 ARM rose 8 basis points, settling at 3.74 percent. With a 5/1 ARM, a mortgage has a fixed rate for the first five years, and is adjusted annually — based on market conditions — for the remainder of the loan’s term.
It was the highest rate for 30-year mortgages since July. Bankrate’s July 21 national survey found an average rate of 4.74 percent, after which home loans began a descent that lasted until early November and brought mortgages to record low rates.
Although it is difficult to establish a direct relationship — and the housing market remains troubled by virtually every measure — the strengthening of mortgage rates is occurring as the tepid economic recovery is also gaining momentum.
On Wednesday, the Institute for Supply Management, which tracks manufacturing industries, said factory output has now risen for 16 months in a row. In addition, a Federal Reserve survey found that 10 of its 12 regions are seeing economic expansion, while the other two — St. Louis and Philadelphia — have mixed conditions.
The economic indicator most relevant to housing, however, is unemployment. The country will get an indication of whether the labor market is recovering on Friday, when the government releases figures for unemployment and job creation for the month of November.
Find out monthly mortgage payments using Bankrate’s mortgage calculator.
— Gregg Fields
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