Mortgage Rates take a dip

Freddie Mac’s PMMS (Prime Market Mortgage Survey) this week headlines “Mortgage Rates Tumble Below 4 Percent“. This is great news for home owners who have been waiting to refinance.

According to the PMMS:

“The 30-year mortgage rate fell 11 basis points this week to 3.97 percent, dropping below the psychologically-important 4 percent level for the first time since November. Weak economic data and growing international tensions are driving investors out of riskier sectors and into Treasury securities. This shift in investment sentiment has propelled rates lower.”

It’s important to note the the PMMS is based on average rates from last week.

If you want to take advantage of the lowest rates in five months, you need to start an application and be ready to lock your rate in. I am happy to help you if your home is located anywhere in Washington state, where I’m licensed.

Buying a home? You may want to delay filing your taxes right now.

If you are in the market to buy or refinance your home around tax time, you might want consider filing an extension. This is because some lenders require taxes to be verified if a tax return has been filed. The IRS typically winds up taking several weeks to process verifications from lenders during this time of the year. This can potentially cause a delay with closing of some transactions. [Read more…]

Mortgage Rates trending Lower

Freddie Mac released their weekly mortgage survey known as the PMMS (Prime Mortgage Market Survey) today revealing that mortgage rates moved lower last week.


According to the survey, last week (key words: “last week”), the 30 year fixed conventional mortgage averaged 4.14% with 0.5 points. Remember, mortgage rates change constantly and the only way to have last week’s mortgage rate is to have locked in your rate last week.

I am happy to provide you with a current mortgage rate quote for a refi or purchase on your home located anywhere in Washington state, where I’m licensed.

My 50th Birthday!

This past weekend, I celebrated my 50th birthday with family and friends. I have two (not much) younger sisters who love to ask “don’t you feel older” and my answer is typically “not really”. I’m actually pretty excited to be the big 5-0…beyond being able to join AARP! [Read more…]

Feds raise Funds Rate

This morning the Fed raised the Federal Funds Rate this morning by 0.25% to 1.00%. Although the Fed does not directly control mortgage rates, this move will most likely cause mortgage rates to continue to trend higher. The Fed Funds rate does directly impact home equity lines of credit interest rates that are attached to the prime rate. [Read more…]

Freddie Mac reports interest rates at their highest of 2017

Today Freddie Mac released their Prime Mortgage Market Survey which basically shows an average of conforming rates for the previous week. The report shows mortgage rates at their highest for 2017 with the 30 year fixed rate at 4.21% priced with a half point. 

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Dr. Carson sworn in as new HUD Secretary

Yesterday, Dr. Ben Carson was formally sworn in as the Secretary of HUD. Secretary Carson, from HUD’s press release, stated:

“”I am immensely grateful and deeply humbled to take on such an important role in service to the American people,” said Secretary Carson. “Working directly with patients and their families for many years taught me that there is a deep relationship between health and housing. I learned that it’s difficult for a child to realize their dreams if he or she doesn’t have a proper place to live, and I’ve seen firsthand how poor housing conditions can rob a person of their potential. I am excited to roll up my sleeves and to get to work.” [Read more…]

How are property taxes determined?

Recently, after receiving a rate quote, a home buyer asked me, “What would the difference in taxes be if I bought in Pierce County verses King County?” [Read more…]