From the Editor…
By Vicki Leeper
Home Sweet can’t find a home
Being Fair Housing month, it puts finding a home at the top of mind. But, oh wait, it’s already been there for a long time. I’m lucky, I’ve been settled in a home I bought 30+ years ago. I worry about young people trying to find a place, even a starter home now. When I shopped there was a program called Fannie Mae that you could purchase a home with very little down. Then you could pay back your downpayment in about 5-6 years when you refinance.
Mortgage insurance was quite a bit less then too. As well as home prices. It was totally possible to purchase a home within the one third of your take home pay. I don’t understand how anyone can purchase a home (starter homes starting at $250,000) and pay mortgage insurance, taxes, and interest and have it be only one third of your take-home. Mathematically, it’s impossible. And yet, rental prices are nearly as bad. It’s time to take a look at programs like Fannie Mae and help out first time buyers instead of banks.
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Quotes to make you think
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