Buckle in, Austin, because the coming week is going to be a cold one. With seven consecutive nights slated to come with below-freezing temperatures and winter weather the likes of which Austin hasn't seen in decades, it is time to prepare for the freeze.
Here is what to expect over the course of the week.
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The current forecast predicts that Saturday will be relatively less severe and cloudy, with a high of 35 degrees and a low of 28 degrees. With the chill, expect a small chance of rain and ice on highways, though Saturday is geared to be the warmest until Thursday.
If you haven't done so already, Saturday is the day to weather-proof your home, plants and pets. It may also be wise to stock up on a few days' worth of food so you don't have to travel in icy, dangerous conditions. Don't panic—weather will subside in less than a week—but it is better to be safe than sorry.
With a high temperature of 34 degrees and a low of 12 degrees, this Valentine's Day will be the coldest Cupid has brought in 70 years in Austin—since Feb. 14, 1951. If you have Valentine's Day plans, it might be worth adjusting them. The day will bring a 50% chance of freezing rain and sleet. And into the evening, there will be a 70% chance of snow—3 to 5 inches of it and an amount Austin hasn't had since 1985—making it the second rare snow of the season.
Avoid roads, expect power outages and slushy sidewalks. Starting Sunday, the weather probably won't get above freezing for more than 72 hours.
After a year of unprecedented events, Austin is making room for one more: record cold temperatures. A 28 degree high and 1 degree low will make Monday the coldest night Austinites have experienced in over 50 years. In 1949 it hit -2 degrees in the city.
Austin is set to prove winter is still here with a 40% chance of snow in the morning, bringing a winter wonderland two days in a row—an anomaly in Texas. The National Weather Service is advising Austinites to stay home—off the roads—and travel is not advised.
From day to night, Tuesday will stay below freezing all day. The forecast predicts a high temperature of 28 degrees and a low of 20 degrees, which will likely seem warm compared to Monday. The evening will carry a 60% chance of freezing rain, providing a great opportunity to gather your loved ones with some hot cocoa.
On the way out of the polar vortex, Wednesday will bring just one more day of snow and sleet. A high of 33 degrees and a low of 21 degrees, Wednesday morning has a 60% chance of freezing rain leading into a 30% chance of snow up to one inch.
After a long, hard, freezing cold week, Thursday is expected to be the last day of below-freezing temperatures. Thursday is looking like it will be a sunny one—with a high of 40 degrees and a low of 22 degrees—hopefully ice will have cleared off the roads, making it safe to travel again.
Winter is coming, Austin.
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So you want to buy a house?
To anyone trying to get on the "housing ladder," it's been a discouraging couple of years as prices skyrocketed in a market crowded with buyers bidding against each other for just about any available home.
Things may be calming down, with the Austin Board of REALTORS reporting fewer sales and more available homes this summer.
Mortgage rates have more than doubled in the last year, from around 3% to well over 6% on a 30-year fixed rate loan, getting even more of a bump this week after the Federal Reserve raised bank rates on Wednesday.
So how affordable are homes right now? That, of course, depends on what you want and how much you're able or willing to pay, but here are some rough estimates of what a typical buyer would pay to buy a $650,000 home, which would be considered "mid-price" in today's market.
Mortgage banker Chris Holland (NMLS 211033) of Austin's Sente Mortgage ran some numbers for Austonia to illustrate a typical purchase.
Holland says that while the 30-year fixed rate mortgage is often mentioned in the media, the most popular loan that he's seeing now is a 7/1 adjustable rate mortgage, which has a fixed rate for 7 years and then adjusts every year based on market rates, with a limit on how much it can increase each year. The interest is amortized over a 30-year period. Adjustable Rate Mortgages (ARMs) offer lower rates than fixed rate loans.
Here are the numbers, which are examples. In practice, exact numbers vary with a buyer's credit rating and overall financial situation, and with the rate, which can move up or down at any time.
- $650,000 home purchase price
- 7/1 ARM at 5.875%
- 5% down payment, equals $32,500
- 95% financed, equals $617,500
- $4,990 payment, including principle and interest (P&I), insurance, and property tax
- Typically, a borrower's debt to income ratio needs to be at or below 45%. So for this mortgage, a borrower, or borrowers, would need income of roughly $11,100/month, or $133,200/year. That number could be higher, depending on the buyer's outstanding credit balances on things like credit cards and car loans.
Holland says he's had a lot of clients approved for loans who were house hunting but have put that on hold, hoping prices come down.
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