Thursday, September 16, 2010

Incredible Time to Buy in Atlanta & It's Suburbs!

Interest Rates are At a 40 Year Low and You Can Live in Atlanta and its Suburbs for Less than $800 a Month!

Browsing the Yahoo page this morning, I came across an article discussing 10 places you can live for $800 or less that was taken from US News. Here's the clippings I want to share with you.

"While the nation's real estate crash has been a nightmare for homeowners, it has created some outstanding opportunities for would-be buyers. Home prices in 20 major cities dropped 33 percent from the summer of 2006 to the spring of 2009--and in certain markets, the plunge was even steeper. At the same time, the federal government's efforts to revive the housing market have helped drive financing costs to record lows. Thirty-year fixed mortgage rates fell to an average of 4.32 percent for the week ending September 2. That's the lowest level in nearly 40 years of record-keeping. Lower property values and dirt-cheap mortgage rates have combined to restore affordability to many real estate markets that were once wildly overpriced. "Right now, housing is about as affordable as it has been since at least the 1970s," says Patrick Newport, a U.S. economist for IHS Global Insight.

To see how far your real estate dollar will stretch in different places across the country, U.S. News examined housing costs on a monthly payment basis. We started with the National Association of Realtors' median home price data for 159 distinct metropolitan statistical areas as of the second quarter of 2010. After subtracting a 20 percent down payment from a market's median price, we plugged the remaining figure into a mortgage calculator using a 4.32 percent interest rate on a 30-year fixed loan. The exercise produces a monthly payment figure for mortgage principal and interest, which represents the bulk of most property owners' monthly housing costs. (Note that this figure does not include monthly costs for utilities, insurance, or taxes, which can vary a great deal from one place to another. Nor does it reflect the one-time costs associated with a home purchase, such as the down payment and closing costs.) Using this calculation, here is a look at 10 places where you can buy a home for less than $800 a month"

1. Austin, Texas
2. Sarasota, Florida
3. Albuquerque, New Mexico
4. Minneapolis/St. Paul, Missouri
5. Columbus, Ohio
6. Phoenix, Arizona
7. Columbia, South Carolina
8.  Boise, Idaho
9. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
10. Atlanta, Georgia: With a young, fast-growing population, Atlanta is an exciting city in the heart of the South. The median home price in the Atlanta area was nearly $123,000 in the second quarter of this year, up slightly from the same period a year earlier. After a 20 percent down payment--or $24,600--monthly payments for mortgage principal and interest on a median-priced Atlanta home come to $488.

One Note I want to make about this article is that they base everything on a 20% downpayment. Don't fret if you can't do that! There are loan products that offer as little as 3.5% down and even some that still offer 100% financing and just $100 down. Even with those little down payments we can find you a home for right around $800 a month. We're closing two very nice homes this month where our buyers are going to be paying around $800-$900 a month. That's cheaper than rent! Call us and we'll explain the process!

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