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Radio Show Recap: Renting Vs. Buying: Which Is Better For You?

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Renting, Buying, Crossroads, Charlotte NC real estate, Charlotte NC investors, Charlotte NC foreclosures, Charlotte NC homes for sale, Charlotte NC short sales, Showcase Realty, Charlotte NC Short Sale AgentsDid you miss our radio show that aired live last Sunday, November 24, 2013 at 10:30 AM? No worries, if you missed it or want to listen again you can watch the podcast available now on ITunes and coming soon to www.charlottemarketradio.com.

 

Our last episode discussed one common dilemma most homeowners face and this is renting versus buying, which is better? According to Mecktimes and Trulia’s statistics, buying a house is better than renting one; specifically if you live within Charlotte, North Carolina. During the summer of 2013, buying a home was actually cheaper by 44 percent than renting. The difference between both narrowed since summer of 2012, where it was 54 percent cheaper to buy than to rent.

 

Furthermore, by Trulia’s estimate, the mortgage rate tipping point, when renting becomes cheaper than buying, is at 13.3 percent for Charlotte. And according to Bankrate.com, the current mortgage rates are 4.12 to 4.62.

 

The benefits of owning a home were also presented, here are a few:

  • When paying money towards the principal on your loan each month, you increase the percentage of your home that you own.
  • Mortgage payments remain the same with a fixed rate loan. Rent costs, however, inevitably go up.
  • You gain from the appreciation on your home. The whole house appreciates, not just your down payment.

 

On the other hand, the downside of renting was also discussed.

  • In renting, you do not accumulate equity. You are essentially giving away your money each month. Why are you buying your landlords home?
  • The landlord benefits from the appreciation values, not the tenant.
  • The landlord benefits from your work and improvements on a house or apartment that you rent.

 

 

For first time homebuyers, there are special lending programs you can rely on like HUD homes. If you live in Charlotte, be sure to get a certificate first from attending an 8-hour Home Buyer workshop and get up to $7,500 which you can use as down payment and closing costs.

 

For those who have been hurt by the economic downturn by a short sale or foreclosure; good news because you can now purchase a house in much less time because of a recent change in the rules. FHA has loosened their guidelines allowing borrowers to get a home loan in as little as 12 months after a foreclosure or short sale.

 

Last but not the least, the 3 most common myths of buying versus renting were also discussed, which are as follows:

 

Myth #1 A bigger down payment is always better

 

You don’t need to put 20% as down payment..

 

Myth # 2 You get more for your money in the suburbs

 

Savings from lower-cost housing often are wiped out by unexpectedly high transportation costs.

 

Myth #3: Renters escape property taxes

 

Renters don’t pay property taxes directly; any business minded landlord factors in all of their carrying costs into their rental rates so it’s like they’re paying the taxes of the landlord.

 

For more information and elaboration on the topics discussed, listen to our podcast.

On the next episode of our radio show, we will discuss how to get your home ready for the market. If you have any questions or clarifications, please don’t hesitate to call us at 704-440-0007. We’re always happy to answer your queries.

February 16, 2011

Still Looking for a Reason to Buy? FHA Raising Annual Mortgage Insurance Premiums

FHA Announcement: Raising Annual Mortgage Insurance Premiums

Are you still in need of one more reason to kickstart the process of buying a home? You could possibly end up saving money if you choose to do so before April 2011.

The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) announced this week that it will be raising its annual mortgage insurance premium (MIP) by a quarter of a percentage point on all 30- and 15-year loans. This increase comes as part of a new premium structure for FHA-insured mortgage loans the FHA is putting in place in response to the Obama administration’s housing finance reforms. The new structure will apply to all new loans insured by the FHA on or after April 18, 2011. Existing and reverse mortgage (HECM) loans insured by FHA are not impacted by the pricing change.

The following is an excerpt from a DSNews article reported on Februay 15, 2011:

“FHA Commissioner David Stevens says the annual payment adjustment will increase borrowers’ costs about $30 per month and will help to strengthen the agency’s depleted coffers.
‘After careful consideration and analysis, we determined it was necessary to increase the annual mortgage insurance premium at this time in order to bolster the FHA’s capital reserves and help private capital return to the housing market,’ Stevens said in a statement.

He continued, ‘This quarter point increase in the annual MIP is a responsible step towards meeting the congressionally mandated two percent reserve threshold, while allowing FHA to remain the most cost effective mortgage insurance option for borrowers with lower incomes and lower down payments.’

The 25 basis point rise was proposed last week as part of the Obama administration’s report to Congress on reforming the nation’s housing finance system, and was detailed in President Obama’s fiscal year 2012 budget released Monday.

According to FHA, this premium change enables the agency to increase revenues at a time when it is critical to safeguard the stability of its Mutual Mortgage Insurance fund, which had capital reserves of approximately $3.6 billion at the end of FY 2010. The new pay structure is estimated to contribute nearly $3 billion annually to the fund.”

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February 3, 2011

Half of U.S. Families Can Afford Homes on the Market

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.'”

For more information on current homes for sale that you could possibly afford, visit www.ShowcaseRealty.net, to speak with a Certified Distressed Property Expert go to www.CharlotteREOExpert.com

Credit Suisse Reports December Traffic: “Charlotte Buyers Lack Urgency”

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.”

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December 15, 2010

Interest Rate RoundUp, Mortgage Rates on the Rise

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

Mortgages
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

Read more: National mortgage rates for Dec. 2, 2010

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November 26, 2010

Foreclosure Freeze is Thawing! Important news for buyers & sellers

According to Fannie Mae, they are lifting some of the holds on eviction actions and REO closings that were put in place in September 2010. The holds were placed in response to the issues of possible defects with affidavits submitted in foreclosure actions. This means the homes that were removed from the market will be placed back on the market and closings will be able to proceed over the next week as Fannie Mae works through lifting the holds.

The following are instructions for brokerages Fannie Mae has issued to inform them of the current situation and how to proceed.

“Effective November 24, 2010, Fannie Mae is issuing the following instructions for REO properties relating to all loans which were formerly serviced by GMAC, Bank of America, PNC Mortgage Corporation, JP Morgan Chase, One West Bank and Sovereign Bank in all states previously on hold:

1. Our prior guidance with respect to evictions and lockouts for each of the affected servicers remains in effect at this time.

2. Proceed with scheduling and holding the closings of Fannie Mae REO property as agreed between the parties. If a title issue arises with respect to the potential defect of an affidavit used in the underlying foreclosure, the Closing entity will identify the issue in AMN as they would any other title issue and will work with their title representative for further instructions.

3. Please reach out to all buyers that have been awaiting closing to ensure that they can now move forward. They may reschedule to an earlier date if needed. It is possible that their loan and/or closing files will need to be updated before their closing can be scheduled.

4. Please reach out to those buyers that elected to terminate their contracts to determine if still interested in purchasing the property. All details of the contact and response must be noted in AMN. We require response/update in comments within 72 hours of this notice if the buyer associated with the terminated contract wishes to re-engage.

Over the next week, impacted properties will be removed from their current “Unable to Market” status in AMN and will again be available to market.”

For more information regarding the foreclosure freeze or for help buying a home that was taken off the market due to a title defect, please click here.

Charlotte ranks as 18th-largest U.S. city

Charlotte is the 18th-largest city in the United States, according to a projections based on the latest U.S. Census data.

The Charlotte area has 729,781 residents as of Monday, up from 569,858 in 2000, according to projections compiled by Business First of Buffalo, N.Y. Business First is a sister publication of the Charlotte Business Journal.

The population projections are generated by a computer formula the publication developed in 2000 and recalibrates annually. The formula uses a decade of U.S. Census Bureau data to extrapolate growth trends.

Read more: Charlotte ranks as 18th-largest U.S. city | Charlotte Business Journal

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Mortgage Rates Remain Virtually Unchanged, Linger at Historical Lows

Rates are at a historic low, check out the article that DSNews.com recently published about it!

“After weeks of continuous declines, mortgage rates remained nearly flat for the week ending June 3, 2010, Freddie Mac and Bankrate reported Thursday.

According to Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey (PMMS), 30-year fixed-rate mortgages averaged 4.79 percent with an average 0.8 point this week, barely inching up from last week’s average of 4.78 percent. However, this week’s average was significantly lower than last year at this time when 30-year fixed-rate mortgages averaged 5.29 percent.Continue reading