Michelle Johnson VP of Sales and Marketing for the Olson Company points out "With landlords raising rents again, many renters are considering home ownership as a way to control costs"
Seal Beach, CA (Vocus/PRWEB) April 13, 2011
It happens this time every year. Thousands of landlords across the southland send notification to their tenants that an increase of up to 10% will be added to their current monthly payment for rent. While a common reaction will be to just bite the bullet and renew at the higher payment, many smart homebuyers are weighing the option of making a home purchase instead. For those individuals, Olson Homes is offering 6 new home communities with payments comparable to what the landlord wants for rent. Michelle Johnson VP of Sales and Marketing for the Olson Company points out "With landlords raising rents again, many renters are considering home ownership as a way to control costs"
"But looking for a great loan just got a bit harder" said Michelle Johnson remarking on the recent FHA move. "One of the best loan programs out there today is from FHA, which allows buyers to purchase a home with only 3.5% down combined with flexible guidelines. However, with two critical FHA guidelines about to change, securing these loans will become increasingly difficult. Financial institutions are urging homebuyers who plan to take advantage of FHA financing to lock in their purchases now before the changes take effect later this month. This is why Olson Homes is trying to educate buyers on the value of home ownership over renting." Michelle also points out that Olson Homes understands what today's young buyer is looking for and builds communities based on today's lifestyle values.
Adding to the challenge is a second change the FHA will be rolling out this month. "The FHA is severely limiting the number of loans they will allow in a condominium community to only 30%, which means the FHA is anticipating that they will be running out of loans before the summer even begins" says Ruby Johnson, VP of DRE/Escrow for Olson Homes. "With only a finite number of cases available many home shoppers will have to go with higher cost conventional financing. When the money runs out, most buyers will need to put 10%-20% down for conventional financing." In this economy, that may put potential homeowners out of the market and right back into the rental market. The choices are either pay the rent increase or move again in search of an affordable alternative.
Many worry that with interest rates set to rise, with that in mind, they are moving forward with a home purchase now rather than wait. This way they are locking in an interest rate below 5%, making their monthly payments comparable to what they were paying in rent.
With 6 great new home communities located throughout Southern California, Olson Homes has a new home community perfect for young urban lifestyles designed to help kick the rental habit.
Olson Homes is currently helping new homebuyers fire their landlords with the following communities: Mosaic Walk in Garden Grove, from the low $300,000′s, Rio Walk in Montebello, California priced from the 290,000′s, Willow Walk in Compton, California priced from the mid $200,000′s, Sycamore Walk in Garden Grove, California priced from the mid $400,000’s, Citrus Walk in Covina, California now forming an interest list with new townhomes and flats from the mid $300,000′s, and Heritage Walk in Paramount, California offering new single family detached homes from the low $300,000′s.
To learn more about these Olson Homes communities, visit http://www.OlsonHomes.com/smartbuy.
About The Olson Company – Founded in 1988, The Olson Company is California’s leading developer of innovative and affordable in-town communities in established neighborhoods. The Olson Company creates uniquely designed communities which redevelop and enhance neighborhoods utilizing transit-oriented developments, live/work, mixed use developments, brownstones, single family attached and detached homes in partnerships with cities and other agencies.
Headquartered in Southern California with communities throughout the state, Olson is a recipient of America’s “Builder of the Year.” Further information about Olson Homes can be obtained online at Olson Homes.