Limited Time Offer: WSHFC is offering grants for closing cost!

Last night, the Washington State Housing Finance Commission announced it is offering grants to help with down payment and closing cost for buyers when they use specific programs offered by WSHFC. This is very helpful in a “seller’s market” where sellers are very unlikely to contribute towards closing cost for a potential buyer. [Read more…]

Home Buyer Class in Kent

Seattle Home Buyer Classes****THIS CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELLED****

I will be teaching a home buyer class in Kent with Ira Sacharoff of Better Properties Real Estate on Saturday, April 23, 2016 at Mortgage Master Service Corporation’s home office which is located just south of South Center on West Valley Highway.

The class is sponsored by the Washington State Housing Finance Commission. Students who attend are eligible for programs like Home Advantage or House Key Opportunity (the Washington state bond program) or Freddie Mac Home Possible. Students are also eligible for various down payment assistance programs 

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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. [Read more…]

NHF limits Grant Amounts based on Credit Scores

2013-03-07_0746The National Home Buyers Fund (NHF) recently made changes as to how much grant funds a home buyer may be eligible for.  The grant funds are available to help qualified home buyers with funds for closing cost and down payment. Unlike other forms of down payment assistance, grant funds are not repaid by the home buyer – it’s kind of like a gift from a rich uncle or aunt that you didn’t know you had. 🙂  You can learn more about the NHF Grant program by clicking here.

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Many Washington State Homes (and Home Buyers) are eligible for Down Payment Assistance Programs

down_payment_assistanceRealtyTrac and Down Payment Resource recently compiled a report of how many homes are eligible for various down payment assistance programs by county. Their report revealed that 87% of homes in the United States may qualify for down payment assistance (DPA) for home buyers.

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Tips on how to save up for a down payment

iStock_000009450603SmallGet Rich Slowly recently posted How to Save Up for a Down Payment Fast.  I’d like to respond to some of the ideas offered in GRS’s post from a Mortgage Professional’s viewpoint and offer my advice.

Here are some of the suggestions on How to Save Up for Down Payment Fast along with my 2 cents (in italics).

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Congratulations to the Washington State Housing Finance Commission!

iStock_000009450603SmallI’ve just learned that last month, the Washington State Housing Finance Commission did their 50,000 closing! In other words, WSHFC has helped over 50,000 families buy a home in Washington state using one of their first mortgage and down payment assistance programs. The 50,000th home buyers are from Federal Way and represent a typical Home Advantage home buyer:

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Home Buyer Class in Seattle

Seattle Home Buyer ClassesI will be teaching a home buyer class in Seattle with Jim Repppond of Coldwell Banker Danforth on Saturday, September 13, 2014 at the Broadview Library in Seattle.

The class is sponsored by the Washington State Housing Finance Commission. Students who attend are eligible for programs like Home Advantage or House Key Opportunity (the Washington state bond program) or Freddie Mac Home Possible. Students are also eligible for various down payment assistance programs and MCC (mortgage credit certificates).

If you are considering buying a home with your spouse, partner or friend, they will need to attend the class with you to qualify for the programs.  You do not need to be a first time home buyer to qualify for many of the mortgage programs. And of course, you’re welcome to attend if you’re not interested in down payment assistance programs and you just want to learn more about the home buying process.

Space is limited, so please RSVP today:

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