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Owning A Home Is More Affordable For First Time Buyers Than Ever In Charlotte NC

Higher rent, record low interest rates, home prices down 20% to 40% –  isn’t it time to consider owning a home?

With consumer confidence down, more people are renting these days than before. Like everything else, rent rates obey the law of supply and demand. The vacancy rate for rentals (apartments and homes) are shrinking resulting in a hike in rent rates nationally, and the Charlotte area has not been speared. According to CNBC, rents have increase by over 6% in 2011 in the Charlotte area and will continue to rise in 2012. Compare the rent rate increase (6%) to the inflation rate (3.8%) and you will soon realize that you are paying more to live in the same place. Analysts predict that the Charlotte area could face an apartment shortage in the coming years, a complete reversal of what was happening less than two years ago when high vacancy rates forced apartment communities to offer up to three months in free rent as an incentive to sign up a new lease. Today, there are no more incentives to rent.

On the housing side, interest rates have been at record lows. FHA rates are currently 3.75% (fixed rate for 30 years)! It has been decades since rates have been that low and that translates into major saving opportunities for those who want to own instead of rent. How much exactly would you save if you own instead of rent? Putting aside the obvious tax benefits homeowners have from by writing off their mortgage interest and property taxes, let’s use an example – if you were to purchase a $140,000 home with a FHA loan today, your monthly payments would be $859 per month (including principal, interest, tax, PMI and insurance). At a reasonable 6% rate (that was the rate in 2008), the same house would cost you $1,043 per month, or $184 more per month. Taking in consideration that home prices are 20% to 40% down from their original level just a few years ago, it is obvious that home buyers today can tremendously benefit from buying a home instead of renting. The average rent in the Charlotte area is $725 per month. That could buy you a $120,000 home. At the bottom of this blog are examples of homes currently for sale in Charlotte.

 There are also programs to help first time home buyers with their down payment and closing costs. Those programs are called down payment assistance programs. Those programs can give you thousands of dollars in funds to help you pay for your down payment  and closing costs. With low interest rates, low home prices and down payment assistance programs, you owe it to yourself to see if you own a home instead of renting. Contact us today to find out what the requirements are to qualify for a home loan. We work with all types of credit and have helped many renters become homeowners in the Charlotte area.

Charlotte Real Estate Market Review For Period September 2010 to August 2011

Summary of market activity for the Charlotte real estate market A total of 8,297 residential properties were sold in Charlotte during the last 12-month period (from September 2010 to August 2011), a 9% decrease from the previous 12 months, but comparable to the 12-month 2008-2009 period. Most of the hike in sales volume during the… Continue Reading

Qualified Residential Mortgage Guidelines | Required 20% Down Payment Feared

June 9, 2011 · Source: MortgageNewsDaily.com What you need to know about: QRM, Qualified Residential Mortgage Guidelines. In case you didn’t know it, this time next year (unless something changes) getting a mortgage will be even MORE challenging. Don’t know about the new Qualified Residential Mortgage guidelines..? Its time to learn: The proposed regulations governing… Continue Reading

Married Households No Longer the Majority

Married couples no longer make up the majority of U.S. households for the first time in U.S. history, according to the latest census data. Married couples represent 48 percent of all households, which is down from 52 percent in the last census. Portland State University demographer Charles Rynerson says that with an aging population more… Continue Reading

Buyers Better Hurry – Rates Reach New Lows

For the sixth straight week, fixed mortgage rates inched down, reaching new lows for 2011. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 4.60 percent this week while the 15-year mortgage averaged 3.78 percent, Freddie Mac reports in its weekly mortgage market survey. Meanwhile, the National Association of Home Builders reported this week that home affordability reached its… Continue Reading

Economy, Affordability to Drive Home Sales Growth

Home sales are on track to outperform last year, even though the market doesn’t have the benefit of the home buyer tax credit. This is thanks to sustained economic growth, the slowly recovering jobs picture, and historically high affordability conditions, NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun told a packed room on Thursday during the Residential Economic… Continue Reading

FHA Plays a Critical Role in Home Financing

The Federal Housing Administration plays a critical role in the nation’s housing financing system, providing safe, affordable mortgage financing to consumers in all markets during all economic conditions, the National Association of REALTORS® said in testimony today. NAR President Ron Phipps spoke before the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Insurance, Housing and Community Opportunity regarding… Continue Reading


Would you like to find out if you qualify for the purchase of a home? A down payment assistance? Are you interested in having Cornerstone Realty help you to sell your home? Call us today or fill out the form below and we will contact you as soon as possible.

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We have included below a few tools to help you determine your mortgage payments, closing costs and an estimator of how much you could afford based on your income. To get pre-approved for the purchase of a home, give us a call today or fill out an online inquiry from our website and we will contact you with 24 hours of your submission.

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This Charlotte real estate website provides search tools, information and market news for home buyers and sellers. All the properties displayed on this website are generated automatically from the Carolina MLS and are updated daily.

The down payment assistance programs discussed in this website are based on a 30-year fixed loan. Interest rate is the current market rate.

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