2017 VA Loan Limits for Washington State

MortgageLoan limits for VA mortgages have been announced and, like last year, will follow the conforming loan limits.

Technically, VA loans do not have limits like conforming and FHA mortgages. The “loan limit” that is referred to with a VA loan is highest loan amount a Veteran can borrower without making a down payment. It’s really a great benefit to those who have served our county. VA Jumbo loans (loan amounts over the VA limit) allow veterans to buy higher priced home with a greatly reduced down payment.

Here are the 2017 VA Loan Limits for Washington State homes:

King County, Snohomish County and Pierce County: $592,250

San Juan County: $483,000

Al other  counties: $424,100

If a qualified Veteran wanted to buy a home above the loan limit (aka “VA Jumbo”), their minimum down payment is 25% of the difference between the county loan limit and the sales price.

Home Sellers should really consider accepting VA home buyers. Just because they’re putting less down, does not mean they are less qualified. VA home buyers have EARNED this benefit by serving our country. And these days, VA mortgage loans are not any more or less challenging to process and close than any other type of home mortgage. VA loans do not have monthly mortgage insurance and they have very competitive mortgage rates.

If I can help you with a VA mortgage or any type of home loan for property located any where in Washington State, please contact me.

2017 FHA Loan Limits for Washington State

iStock-000018668640XSmallHUD has just announced FHA loan limits for 2017. Loan amounts were increased for all Washington counties EXCEPT for Chelan, Callam, Douglas, Jefferson, San Juan and Skagit which have the same FHA loan limits as 2016.

Loan limits for 2017 are in effect with FHA case numbers issued in 2017.

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BREAKING NEWS: 2017 FHA Loan Limits increased for Greater Seattle area

HUD has updated their website with the 2017 loan limits for FHA mortgages. King, Pierce and Snohomish counties will match the 2017 conforming high balance loan limits. FHA loan limits are effective with CASE NUMBERS issued in 2017. [Read more…]

Mortgage rates continue to climb higher

Freddie Mac released their Prime Mortgage Market Survey (PMMS) this morning showing rates continuing to move higher.

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2017 Conforming Loan Limits for Washington State

MortgageConforming loan limits are getting their first increase in ten years.

Conforming high balance areas for King, Snohomish and Pierce counties have have higher limits for 2017 as well.

San Juan County’s high balance conforming loan limit is unchanged from 2016. [Read more…]

BREAKING NEWS: Conforming Loan Limits INCREASED for 2017

MortgageConforming loan limits have been increased for 2017.  The last time conforming loan limits were raised was in 2006. Conforming loan limits for the last ten years for a single family dwelling have been limited to $417,000, unless the home was located in a county with a high balance conforming loan limit. High balance conforming loan limits for the greater Seattle area have been raised as well to $592,250 for a single family dwelling. [Read more…]

Mortgage rates “spike” following the election

The graph from this morning’s PMMS report illustrates the dramatic jump in mortgage rates that happened following last week’s Presidential election. Mortgage rates, although still low, haven’t been in this range since January 2016.

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Mortgage rates expected to trend higher following the October Jobs Report

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Yesterday morning, the Jobs Report was released with data for the month of October. The report gave an overall healthy picture of the economy and came in slightly stronger than expected with 161,000 jobs added in October and positive revisions made to August and September. [Read more…]