Mortgage interest rates lowest in 12 months

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Freddie Mac released their PMMS report yesterday revealing that mortgage rates are at levels we haven’t seen in a year. This is the sixth week in a row that that Prime Market Mortgage Survey has reported rates trending lower.

From Freddie Mac’s Chief Economist, Stan Becketti:

“The 30-year mortgage rate dropped another 7 basis points this week to 3.65 percent. This week’s drop leaves the mortgage rate just 6 basis points above last year’s low of 3.59 percent.”

“In a falling rate environment, mortgage rates often adjust more slowly than capital market rates, and the early-2016 flight-to-quality has run true to form. The 30-year mortgage rate has dropped 36 basis points since the start of the year, while the yield on the 10-year Treasury has dropped 59 basis points over the same period. If Treasury yields were to hold at current levels, mortgage rates might well sink a little further before stabilizing.”

Remember, this data is based on last week’s rates and the markets have been very volatile. FHA and VA rates are much lower too. This is really a great opportunity to consider refinancing your existing mortgage. With our higher home values, you may be able to drop your mortgage insurance, reduce your payment, shorten your term, fix your adjustable rate or pay off your home equity line.

Regardless of your reason for refinancing, I’m happy to review your scenario to see if refinancing now pencils out for you for your home located anywhere in Washington state. Click here for a no-hassle rate quote.

Freddie Mac PMMS “Lower than expected” Mortgage Rates!

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This morning Freddie Mac released their weekly Prime Mortgage Market Survey report with a title that I couldn’t agree with more: “Lower-than-expected mortgage rates offer refinance opportunity“.

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NHF Grant Platinum Program to be suspended

2013-03-07_0746Well it looks like the National Homebuyers Fund Platinum  will be suspended as of February 29, 2016. The lender backing this grant program will no longer be accepting new loans.

If you are preapproved to buy a home and are planning on using the NHF Grant program, you may want to contact your mortgage professional to come up with another plan.

Home buyers who need down payment assistance may also consider the programs offered by the Washington State Housing Finance Commission, such as Home Advantage. Although the down payment assistance programs offered by WSHFC are not grants, they are loans (typically with payments deferred) that will eventually need to be repaid. Here is more information on the various down payment assistance programs I have available.

If you are considering buying a home located anywhere in Washington State, I’m happy to help you!

What May Impact Mortgage Rates this Week: February 1, 2016

MortgagePorter-JobsReportWelcome to February! As it’s the first week of a month, we have the Jobs Report due to be released this Friday. Mortgage rates are at their lowest levels in months. Many Washington home owners are taking advantage and refinancing to either reduce their payment, shorten their mortgage terms or taking cash out for home improvements or to consolidate debt. We are also seeing more home buyers in action too! [Read more…]

EveryHome: A match maker for home buyers and sellers [Video]

On our last episode of Seattle RE Chat featured Bryan Copley, CEO of EveryHome.

Everyhome’s concept is based on the idea that every home is for sale for the right price. Bryan thinks of EveryHome.co as a “match maker” between home buyers and home owners – even homes that are not yet listed (off market).

Check out our interview with Bryan and learn more about EveryHome.

 

Freddie Mac Reports Rates Continue Lower for 4th Week in a Row

Freddie Mac’s PMMS Report reveals that conforming mortgage rates continued to trend lower last week with the 30 year conventional averaging 3.79% with 0.6 points.

Jan 28 16 PMMS

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From the Junk Mail Bag: Refi with Lender Paid Closing Cost

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know one of my pet peeves is misleading junk mail that mortgage companies will blast out to attempt to generate business.

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What May Impact Mortgage Rates this Week: January 25, 2016

mortgageporter-economyThe Fed starts their two day meeting today which wraps up tomorrow. It is highly unlikely that the Fed will make any changes to the Fed funds rate tomorrow. Investors will be paying close attention to the FOMC’s statement that will be released when their meeting has concluded around 11:00 PST.

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