Support for the Connect NC Bond in the News

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Follow along with the Alliance's coverage of the Connect NC Bond Referendum here! We'll be posting letters to the editor and opinion pieces from concerned homeowners across the state. Join us in raising your voice in support of the bond campaign. If you are interested in submitting a letter to the editor to your local paper, let us know at paul@nchomeownersalliance.org

To learn more about how the bond will help your area, visit our website for an in-depth look at how the bond will be distributed across the state.

We're starting off our coverage with an op-ed from Chapel Hill resident, Mark Zimmerman about the bond's impact on his area.

Chapel Hill News:

Mark Zimmerman: An easy choice on the ballot March 15

"Who will benefit from the bond? Well, the bond drafters were smart. They spread the wealth across the state. Seventy three counties will receive funds directly; the rest are eligible to get water and sewer projects. Fifty eight community colleges and all 17 campuses in our university system will receive the lion’s share of the dollars. Agriculture, our state’s largest industry, will benefit from a new plant science complex, assisting farmers small and large."

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This past Monday, Alliance member, Billie Green spoke in the Asheville Citizen-Times about how the bond will benefit the western part of the state.

Asheville Citizen-Times

Billie Green: Connect NC bond will have tremendous economic impact

"I see how education, water infrastructure and natural resources impact job creation. I’m also a strong supporter of the North Carolina Homeowners Alliance, urging you to vote yes for the Connect NC bond referendum....The Connect NC bond will strengthen neighborhoods and communities by improving property values and raising the quality of our citizens’ lives. Let’s make the smart move and invest in North Carolina’s future."


Shelby Homeowners Thank Speaker Moore

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This past December 9th, the NC Homeowners Alliance sponsored a town hall with Speaker Tim Moore at the Scruggs Center in downtown Shelby. It was a great opportunity for Shelby homeowners to hear from the Speaker about what our state legislators are doing to protect the rights of NC homeowners. The forum provided insight into last year's legislative session as well as prepared attendees for the issues that may be covered in this year's short session. For more information from the Shelby Star, click here.

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The Alliance will be hosting events like this across the state this year to keep homeowners in the loop about issues that concern them. If you would like to see us in your community, visit our website to see when we will be in your area. Don't forget to share us with your friends, family, and neighbors!

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Young Renters Want to Buy Homes

After learning that 51% of renters are over the age of 40 last week, a new survey from the National Association of REALTORS indicates that 94% of young renters (individuals under the age of 34) want to buy a home in the future.

Despite the overwhelming desire to buy a home, young renters mention two key reasons for continuing to rent over purchasing. Those surveyed identified the need for the flexibility of renting as well as their inability to afford and finance a home as the reasons they continue to rent.

The NC Homeowners Alliance continues to push for common sense legislation to ensure that young renters can become homeowners without having to face unnecessary barriers. Please check out the article below for more information on the survey results!

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Renter Age in US Increases in 2015

A Harvard University study finds that 51 percent of US renters are now over 40 years old, showcasing the decrease in US homeownership.

Over the past twenty years, there has been an eight percent increase in renters over 40, which highlights the lasting impact of the housing and financial crisis. The NC Homeowners Alliance is dedicated to promoting homeownership in North Carolina and we want to keep our members informed of the latest housing market information. Please take a moment and check out the article below for more insights on homeownership. 

 

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Governor Proclaims "Historic Tax Credit Day"

Today in Burlington, Governor Pat McCrory proclaimed today as "Historic Tax Credit Day" in celebration of the reinstatement of this vital tax credit. The Homeowners Alliance, with support from over 16,000 homeowners statewide, helped push this tax credit back into favor with NC legislators.

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The Historic Preservation Tax Credit (HPTC) will be a crucial part of revitalizing towns across the state and increasing the value of homes in those areas. The HPTC is one of several legislative issues the Alliance has been working on over the last 18 months to protect homeowner rights. Read the article here to learn more about the impact homeowners like you can have when united behind a common cause.


Local Talk Show Hosts Homeowners Alliance

Last week popular Eastern NC radio show "Talk of the Town with Henry Hinton," hosted Mark Zimmerman, chairman of NCAR's Government Affairs Committee, to speak about the NC Homeowners Alliance. 

Zimmerman described the importance of protecting the Mortgage Interest Deduction (MID) for homeowners as budget negotiations continue at the General Assembly. He also detailed the unique nature of the Alliance as a grassroots organization and the significance of homeowner involvement. Zimmerman said, "This is an organization that is empowering homeowners to bring their concerns directly to legislators...this is the first time that homeowners have had a collective voice to speak on their own behalf." Thanks to Mark Zimmerman for his commitment to the Alliance and for speaking on our behalf. Click on the image below to listen to the interview and let us know how the Homeowners Alliance can help you!

 

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U.S. Homeownership Rate Continues Decline

As part of our commitment to inform you of important news, we have uncovered an article detailing the decline in the U.S. homeownership rate featured in the most recent Census Bureau report.  

The American dream of homeownership is still alive but struggling as we move further away from the recession. While the economy has recently experienced growth, the levels of homeownership maintain a steady decline. Bloomberg News reporter Kathleen Howley investigated this phenomenon in the article available below. The U.S. homeownership rate was 63.4 in the second quarter, falling from a first quarter total of 63.7.  As home values rise, buyers are finding it more difficult to purchase houses while maintaining financial security. Demand for rental properties continues to increase as homeownership levels reach the lowest point since 1967. Please take a look at the article for further analysis and information. 

http://www.sunherald.com/2015/07/28/6340227_us-homeownership-rate-declines.html?rh=1

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6 Tips for Moving Day!

Moving into a new home can be daunting, especially during this summer heat wave! 

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We recently stumbled on this House Logic article that outlines six easy steps you should take when moving into your home. Whether it's your first home or your fifth, these suggestions are great for anyone preparing to move. Take a look at the article below and let us know if you have any helpful moving tips as well!  

6 Things Everyone Should Know When Moving Into a New House


Small Cities, Big Impact

As the country's economy slowly improves and mobility increases in the work force, many working families have found new opportunities and communities in smaller cities around the United States.

Brian Clark of the real estate magazine, On Common Ground, reported on a family’s journey from bustling Boston, MA to quaint Dubuque, IA. While the move initially panicked the former urbanites, the family grew to love and appreciate the “lower housing costs, friendliness and slower pace of life.” In North Carolina, cities like Asheboro and Mount Airy take a similar approach with the help of the Historic Preservation Tax Credit to attract families and create a friendly community. The dream of homeownership is alive and well in places like this all over North Carolina. Please check out the article below and let us know what small cities have to offer you and your family!

http://www.realtor.org/articles/vibrancy-of-the-smaller-metropolises

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Families Squeezed By High Costs

As the costs of both homeownership and renting rise, it's the wrong time to cut the mortgage interest tax deduction.

The American Dream of homeownership - for years a powerful milestone for young families - is becoming harder to achieve. At the same time, new research shows that rents are increasing and housing costs are becoming a larger part of family budgets.

We know that now is the wrong time to increase costs for homeowners. North Carolina needs to protect the Mortgage Interest Deduction to help families obtain or retain their homes.