Rising sales prices and interest rates for mortgages made the purchase of a single-family home more expensive in August 2013, according to new research from the National Association of Realtors.Read More »
Banking and Finance
While the federal government shutdown is not having a direct impact on Charlotte businesses, it is creating uncertainty in the business community, according to panelists at The Mecklenburg Times Women’s Business Breakfast Forum. “With the shutdown and debate about the debt ceiling, people are waiting to make decisions,” said Natalie Haskins English, senior vice president of public policy for the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce.
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It might be roiling Washington, D.C. and its suburbs, but, so far, the government shutdown is having little effect on Charlotte’s real estate and banking markets.
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A new Homeowner's Bill of Rights, SB 321, aims to eliminate the runaround some homeowners got from banks by requiring lenders to assign homeowners a single person to contact. It bans dual-tracking, in which a bank pursues a foreclosure at the same time a homeowner is working on a short sale. And it eliminates "arm's length" rules, in which banks barred people from buying distressed properties from their relatives or other close associates.Read More »
Trulia, the online real estate search engine, just released a survey of the top 100 metro areas, looking to answer the age old question: Should you rent or should you buy? Their answer for Charlotteans is buy.Read More »
Foreclosure activity down from last year, but Mecklenburg and York counties see month-over-month spike
Although foreclosure activity in the Charlotte area has declined over the past year, it jumped up between July and August this year in Mecklenburg and York counties, according to a report issued by RealtyTrac.Read More »
The average U.S. rate for the benchmark 30-year home mortgage climbed over the 4.5 percent mark this month for the first time in more than two years.
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“The builders will have to be financially qualified with effective business models and financial discipline," said Bill Bickett, who is spearheading the creation of the Charlotte-based division of the bank. "But smaller builders have had more problems getting financing. We’ll be looking at loans from $2 million to $6 million. That’ll be our sweet spot.”Read More »