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Guide to North Carolina Mortgages

Maybe you are buying your first home in North Carolina, or perhaps you're relocating to North Carolina from another state. Then again, you may be a long-time North Carolina resident who is looking to either refinance your current mortgage or take out a home equity loan for home improvements. Regardless of your situation, it's important that you educate yourself on North Carolina home loans before shopping for a home and/or mortgage. This article explains what you will need to know before seeking a home loan in North Carolina:

The median price of a home in North Carolina is $211,500. Recently, homes in North Carolina have been appreciating at rates well above the national average. As a result, income levels in many parts of North Carolina are too low to purchase a median-priced home with a conventional loan. Although average interest rates in North Carolina are below the national average, North Carolina has one of the lowest levels of home affordability in the nation.

In North Carolina, before a buyer submits an offer on a home, their real estate agent is required to present them with a completed Real Estate Transfer Disclosure Statement. This document, completed by the seller of the property, requires the seller to name all of the property that will be included in the purchase (refrigerator, stove, alarm system, etc.) and rate certain aspects of the conditions of both the included property and of the house itself. This document requires the seller to disclose any potential problems or hazards that may discourage the buyer from putting an offer in on the home.

North Carolina's Civil Code Provision of the Real Estate Act regulates the issuance of variable interest rates for the purchase of real estate. Therefore, borrowers who are issued large mortgage amounts are guaranteed a fixed rate mortgage. North Carolina law also prohibits the charging of interest more than one day prior to the recording of the mortgage even if the borrower received the loan prior to that time.

In July of 2002, North Carolina law enacted a set of anti-predatory lending laws in order to help protect North Carolina homebuyers from predatory lenders. Some of the provisions of this new set of laws include the prohibition of a lender charging points and fees in excess of 6% of the total principal financed amount, the prohibition of a mortgage company issuing a loan to a borrower in an amount that the borrower could not reasonably afford to repay, and the prohibition of the financing of single-premium credit insurance, among others.

If you're buying a home in the state of North Carolina, you qualify for both federal and state FHA, USDA, and VA loans. First-time home buyers qualify for North Carolina FHA loans with below-market interest rates, and, depending on their eligibility, may also qualify for a loan in order to cover down payment and/or closing costs. Teachers and other professionals who work in an educational capacity may qualify for North Carolina's Extra Credit Teacher Home Purchase Program, a down payment assistance loan with forgivable interest.

In addition to FHA loans, the state of North Carolina also offers comparable programs to persons with disabilities or persons who live with and care for persons with disabilities. The state also offers several unconventional loans designed to aid homebuyers with the costs of their monthly mortgage payment. For example, North Carolina's Interest Only PLUS loan provides qualified homebuyers with a 100% financing 35-year loan that only requires payments toward the accrued interest on the mortgage for the first five years of the loan -- borrowers do not have to pay toward the principal amount borrowed until after the first five years. The individual requirements of each of these loans vary depending on the county in which you are buying a house. Specific requirements can be obtained through the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency.

Last Updated: Monday, October 14, 2019

North Carolina Real Estate Market View
updated Monday, October 14, 2019

Housing & Social Facts North Carolina United States
Total housing units 3,940,554 n/a
Owner-occupied housing units 68.2% 66.9%
Renter-occupied housing units 31.8% 33.1%
Vacant housing units 13.5% 10.8%
Average Home Value $127,600 $167,500
Average Mortgage Payment $1,089.00 $1,295.00
Average Rental Payment $302 .00 $388.00
Total Population 8,411,041 n/a
Percentage Male 48.9% 49.0%
Percentage Female 51.1% 51.0%
Median Age 36.2 36.4
Under 5 years 7.1% 7.0%
18 years and over 74.7% 74.6%
65 years and over 11.7% 12.1%

1 Year Market Value Change for North Carolina
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Popular North Carolina Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income (2005)
Asheville 68,889 $32,772
Burlington 44,917 $35,301
Cary 94,536 $75,122
Chapel Hill 48,715 $39,140
Charlotte 540,828 $46,975
Concord 55,977 $46,094

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