After a week of controversy surrounding President Donald Trump, he is scheduled to make a final public appearance as president in South Texas on Tuesday. His visit is being met with negative feedback from the community after the president incited an insurrection at the U.S. Capitol last week on the baseless premise that voter fraud led to President-elect Joe Biden's victory.
The president will visit Alamo, near the city of McAllen, at an undisclosed time on Tuesday. According to the Associated Press, his visit will mark the completion of 450 miles of border wall, which the Department of Homeland Security announced last week.
Trump last visited the Rio Grande Valley in 2019, where supporters lined the street he drove by.
The RGV, a historically blue region in Texas, almost turned red in this past election. Trump gained more support in the border towns than he had during the 2016 election, losing to Biden by only 5%. One area did however make the switch. Just south of Laredo and north of the Valley, Zapata County flipped red for the first time in years, making national headlines.
The shift in support for Trump was seen in the form of organized caravan and Trump parades taking place leading up to the election. Such support was not seen in 2016.
Feelings about Trump have fluctuated in the Valley, where the Hispanic population accounts for more than 90% of 1.3 million residents in the area. With close proximity to Mexico, many residents are immigrants or are second- or third-generation Mexican-Americans. Trump's immigration policies have hit home for some in the RGV.
Trump's legacy before and after holding office included him calling Mexicans rapists, separating families at the border and his attempt to end the Dreamers program, which protects illegal immigrants who crossed into the U.S. as children.
On the other side of the coin, it is also a place where the gap between those who have a college education compared to the state—and country—as a whole is more than 15 percentage points. It's common for Valley residents to work at oil refineries, and many support Trump for his views on the oil and gas industry, which employs them and helps put food on the table for their families. Another industry vibrant in the Valley is the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol Agency.
@CaslerNoel There are two Border Patrol stations...stations, not just checkpoints...near Alamo, Texas. BP loves Tru… https://t.co/ifMUAzJRqC— Cherie Bozoudes (@Cherie Bozoudes) 1610332284.0
This visit from Trump, however, is being met with resistance on social media. Across the nation, the Republican party is facing a division caused by Trump, who incited his supporters to storm the U.S. Capitol. Some are shifting their support away from him after the incident.
@CityofAlamo Please do everything in your power to discourage Trump from soiling our community on January 12. Stop… https://t.co/CC3TKCD0Z1— KahokFan99 (@KahokFan99) 1610322084.0
I wasn't aware of such planned visit from a president to the RGV. It it said that Trump will visit the Valley on T… https://t.co/NygLLMWZzo— Elizabeth M. (@Elizabeth M.) 1610386395.0
Trump visiting the RGV (Alamo, TX, not The Alamo) is a slap in the face to every single person that has been denied… https://t.co/nUHxhhE1FM— Jenn Longoria (@Jenn Longoria) 1610325456.0
Valley Central reports Hidalgo Democratic Party Chair Norma Ramirez is concerned about Trump's visit amid a growing number of coronavirus cases. But Hidalgo County Republican Chair Adrienne Peña said his visit will be a positive thing for the community.
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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