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Charlotte April Realty Stats Post a Gain in Volume & Price

by Mayes Harris Team

Charlotte residential closings increased in April to 1773. While this number was down 26% from April 2008, April presented the fourth straight month of increase in closings. The average sales price of $201,532 was up approximately $20,000 over the lowest average posted in January of this year. 

Low interest rates, the first time home buyer credit and great inventory of excellent homes has fueled a surge of interest by buyers in the lower price points over the past six weeks. While activity at the lower price points, sales activity on homes valued over the convential loan limit ($417,000) still remain weak, people search for jumbo loan money. The good news for the higher price segment is some banks are now seeing an opportunity in jumbo loans and are starting to lend again. 

For any one looking to purchase a home in the future, I cannot stress enough how now might be one of the best opportunities in recent history. For additional statistics from the Charlotte Regional Realtors Association, got to 

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Things are looking UP!

by Mayes Harris Team

Real Esate is looking up. Everything you read says that Charlotte, NC is looking better in real estate sales. We are seeing traffic counts for showings, as well as website hits are picking up. The most frustrating thing for agents, buyers and sellers is the fact that the 'rules' change daily. I'm thrilled to say that our team is staying focused on our longterm goal of helping buyers and sellers reach their dreams. We are greatful to our customers and appreciate their continued support and referrals.

Tax Credit can be used for Down Payment

by Mayes Harris Team

Tax Credit Can Be Used for Down Payment
Shaun Donovan, secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, on Tuesday said that the Federal Housing Administration is going to permit its lenders to allow home buyers to use the $8,000 tax credit as a down payment.

Previously, most buyers wouldn't receive the funds until after they filed their tax return, and that deterred some people from using the credit. The NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® has been calling for the change.

“We all want to enable FHA consumers to access the home buyer tax credit funds when they close on their home loans so that the cash can be used as a down payment,” Donovan says. His remarks came in an address to several thousand REALTORS® gathered Tuesday morning at "The Real Estate Summit: Advancing the U.S. Economy," at the 2009 REALTORS® Midyear Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo in Washington, D.C..

He says FHA’s approved lenders will be permitted to “monetize” the tax credit through short-term bridge loans. This will allow eligible home buyers to access the funds immediately at the closing table.

Other Solutions for Today's Market

During his address at the summit, Donovan went on to say that the Obama administration plans to further stabilize the housing market. “I do think we have some early signs that the market overall is stabilizing,” Donovan says. “Since January we’ve seen both home sales moving up and down around a relatively stable number and we are seeing the first signs that the rapid decline in home prices is starting to abate.”

The morning session included a panel discussion that was moderated by CNBC’s Ron Insana. Panelists examined cutting-edge solutions necessary to promote and preserve homeownership and real estate development, stimulate the economy, and protect the nation’s taxpayers. They also shared their ideas on what the role and responsibility of the federal government is in the revitalization effort.

“Right now the Federal Reserve is the market,” said panelist Jay Brinkman, chief economist for the Mortgage Bankers Association. “What will be the effect when the Fed stops buying?” Brinkman explained that an exit strategy must be planned for the long-term; the federal government cannot continue to support the mortgage markets indefinitely.

“We are thrilled that so many high-caliber individuals were able to join us today at this important meeting to promote stability in the housing market and the U.S. economy,” said NAR President Charles McMillan. “We look forward to an ongoing dialogue and action toward this goal, during our midyear meetings this week and beyond.”

The real estate summit is part of the 2009 REALTORS® Midyear Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo. During the week ending May 16, more than 8,500 REALTORS® will attend meetings, visit lawmakers and inspire action on Capitol Hill.

Source: NAR

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