As Election Day results roll in for the primaries, the two candidates going head to head for governor this November are Beto O'Rourke and incumbent Gov. Greg Abbott.
In the primary elections, Texas voters cast ballots for members of Congress, governor, attorney general, lieutenant governor and more. A candidate must win over 50% of the total votes to win their primary; if a candidate with the most votes falls short of over 50% of the vote, they will head to a runoff with the next leading candidate. The general election will be held in November.
In the Democratic primary, 109,737 ballots (12.77% of registered voters) have been counted in Travis County; in the Republican primary, 47,345 ballots (5.51% of registered voters) were cast.
Here are statewide results as of 12 a.m. Wednesday. Travis County was completely counted.
U.S. House District 35, which includes East Austin and South I-35 to San Antonio: Former Council Member Greg Casar has been declared the winner of the Democratic primary.
(Greg Casar Campaign)
- Democrats: Greg Casar (61.2%), Carla-Joy Sisco (7.7%), Rebecca Viagrán (15.5%), Eddie Rodriguez (15.6%)
- Republicans:Dan McQueen (21.7%), Jenai Aragona (4.2%), Michael Rodriguez (12.8%), Asa George Kent Palagi (2.4%), Alejandro Ledezma (6.4%), Dan Sawatzki (10.3%), Sam Montoya (9.4%%), Bill Condict (12%), Jennifer Sundt (9.2%), Marilyn Jackson (11.5%)
U.S. House District 37, which includes the Western half of Austin: Rep. Lloyd Doggett has been declared the winner of the Democratic primary.
- Democrats:Lloyd Doggett (79.2%), Donna Imam (17.8%), Quinton “Q” Beaubouef (1.1%), Chris Jones (2%)
- Republicans: Jenny Garcia Sharon (46.8%), Jermiah Diacogiannis (25.4%), Rod Lingsch (27.8%)
- Democrats: Beto O’Rourke (91.3%), Inocencio (Inno) Barrientez (1.3%), Michael Cooper (3%), Joy Diaz (3.2%), Rich Wakeland (1.3%)
- Republicans:Greg Abbott (66.9%), Paul Belew (0.5%), Danny Harrison (0.5%), Kandy Kaye Horn (1.2%), Don Huffines (11.5%), Rick Perry (3.2%), Chad Prather (3.8%), Allen B. West (12.3%)
- Democrats:Mike Collier (42.4%), Michelle Beckley (29.9%), Carla Brailey (27.6%)
- Republicans:Dan Patrick (74.8%), Trayce Bradford (6.2%), Todd M. Bullis (2.2%), Daniel Miller (9.4%), Aaron Sorrells (3.7%), Zach Vance (3.7%)
- Democrats:Rochelle Mercedes Garza (44.1%), Joe Jaworski (20%), Lee Merritt (18.5%), S. 'TBone' Raynor (5.3%), Mike Fields (12.1%)
- Republicans:Ken Paxton (42.8%), Eva Guzman (17.7%), Louie Gohmert (17%), George P. Bush (22.5%)
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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Packages and Ways to Stay
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Amenities and Activities
Camp Fimfo Waco
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