Arrest made in connection of Charlotte murder + How price point affects your housing market options

Hey, everyone! Drew here. Happy Tuesday!

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On to the news for today.

1. Police make arrest in murder of woman found dead in Charlotte apartment complex

A hunter found human remains while tracking deer, Tennessee deputies said.
A hunter found human remains while tracking deer, Tennessee deputies said.

An arrest has been made in connection with the October death of Ahylea Willard.

Tyquawon Parker was arrested in Guilford County yesterday and charged with murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon and firearm by felon, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police said in a statement. Willard was found shot Oct. 23 at an east Charlotte apartment complex on Snow Lane, police said at the time.

Mary Ramsey has more on Parker’s arrest.

2. What can a $250K home get you? What you can get at different price points in Charlotte

Higher mortgage rates are reigning in Charlotte’s housing market — and creating new headaches for buyers.
Higher mortgage rates are reigning in Charlotte’s housing market — and creating new headaches for buyers.

Affordable housing has long been a concern in the Charlotte area.

A hot real estate market in recent months coupled with rising interest rates on mortgages have done nothing to quell concerns.

For prospective home buyers, that means needing to have a budget in mind before house hunting and an understanding of what’s in reach within that budget.

Mary Ramsey gives a breakdown of what you can get at your chosen price point.

3. Charlotte empties out Housing Trust Fund for developers to boost affordable units

A new apartment complex under construction at the end of Ellenwood Place in Charlotte, N.C.Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2022.
A new apartment complex under construction at the end of Ellenwood Place in Charlotte, N.C.Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2022.

The Charlotte City Council voted to help the affordable housing situation last night.

The council opted to spend all the money left in its Housing Trust Fund in order to subsidize more than 600 affordable units.

The money will maintain between 15 to 60 years of affordability for 632 units expected to be built with the city’s subsidy.

Genna Contino shares some insight on the city council’s latest vote.

4. Single and looking to mingle? Charlotte named one city where love is hard to find. Why?

Charlotte’s skyline continues to change and evolve, including four new towers that were either recently completed or are under construction.
Charlotte’s skyline continues to change and evolve, including four new towers that were either recently completed or are under construction.

According to a recent report, Charlotte might not be the best place to find love.

WalletHub ranked the Queen City as the 116th best city for singles. The report looked at 182 of the largest cities in the U.S. and ranked them based on three categories: economics, dating opportunities and fund and recreation.

Evan Moore highlights the details from the report.

5. Some more stories to read

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Drew Nantais is a Senior Growth & Engagement Producer for the Charlotte Observer.
Drew Nantais is a Senior Growth & Engagement Producer for the Charlotte Observer.