Thursday, January 8, 2009

Hilo residents: Make your voice heard

Lawmakers from the Hilo area want their residents to join them at a community meeting next Monday to share concerns and discuss priorities that they believe should be addressed this legislative session, which convenes on January 21, 2009.

The meeting will be at the University of Hawaii at Hilo's UCB Room 127 on January 12, 2009 at 7 p.m.

Senator Dwight Takamine and Representatives Jerry Chang and Clift Tsuji will be there to listen to what you have to say. They encourage all community members to not be shy and just come down to tell them what's important to Hilo families.

1 comment:

Anonymous said... has the questions to ask yourself if it is better to rent or buy in your situation. Do you need the flexibility of renting? or can you afford to stay in your home for at least 5 years or longer?

* Can you afford a 20% down payment?
* Can you afford a monthly payment on a 30-year fixed mortgage?
* ask your CPA ... Does the tax benefit of home ownership offset a potential decline in home value?
* Have you reduced other real estate debt before you add more on this home purchase?
* Does a fixed monthly mortgage payment for the next 15 years outweigh the likely inflation of rents during that same time (called an inflation hedge)

These are broad questions that can have many variations for each individual situation. However, it is a good foundation from which to start your home buying process.

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