FHFA delays Refi Tax until December 1, 2020

The Federal Housing Finance Agency that oversees Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (conventional lenders), has announced they are delaying the “adverse market fee” until December 1, 2020.

There was significant balking across the mortgage industry when the FHFA announced the fee back on the evening of August 12th which effectively went into effect immediately on new refi’s (since it’s based on when loans are delivered to Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac). This was essentially a 0.5% tax on mortgage lenders existing pipelines – some loans in the pipeline were not able to have the 0.5% hit factored into the pricing of the interest rate. [Read more…]

Federal Housing Finance Agency issues half-point fee on conventional refinances

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (regulated by the Federal Housing Finance Agency) announced they are adding an “Adverse Market Refinance Fee” of 50 basis points that is effective on refinance mortgages delivered to Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac starting September 1, 2020.  This is a huge hit to mortgage lenders across the country. [Read more…]

Forbearance Guidelines Updated for Conventional Financing

This week Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac updated guidelines for how soon home owners can obtain a new mortgage if they have entered into a forbearance agreement with their current lender. Most of the focus with this program is that it’s not suppose to impact their credit score. Although the credit score may not be impacted, the credit report reflects that payments were not made on the mortgage. It seems that many home owners are not aware that taking advantage of not having to make mortgage payments will impact their ability to get a new mortgage for refinancing or buying a new home [Read more…]

Conforming Loan Limits for 2020 for Washington State

Conforming loan limits are increasing for 2020 to $510,400 for a single family dwelling. Counties that are considered “high cost” such as King County, Pierce County and Snohomish County qualify to have a “high balance conforming” loan limit of $741,750. [Read more…]

When should you refi a low FHA mortgage rate?

Beautiful luxury home exterior at twilightMany homeowners are hanging onto very low mortgage rates when they should perhaps consider refinancing the mortgage for a higher rate. What??? [Read more…]

Changes to Limited-Cash Out Refinances

A limited-cash out refinance is a refinance where typically, the home owner receives little to no-cash back at closing. It’s also referred to as a “rate-term” refinance. A limited cash-out or rate-term refinance offers better interest rates and/or pricing for interest rates than a true “cash out” refinance. [Read more…]

2019 Conforming Loan Limits for Washington

Conforming loan limits are increasing again this year with the “base” loan limit for a single family home raised to $484,350.

Conforming high balance areas for King, Snohomish and Pierce counties have have higher limits for 2019 as well.  San Juan County will no longer has a high balance limit effective 2019.

King County, Snohomish County and Pierce County: [Read more…]

BREAKING NEWS: Conforming Loan Limits are HIGHER for 2019

Conforming loan limits effective 2019 will be increased from $453,100 to $484,350 for a single family dwelling. Homes located in “high balance areas” such as King County, Pierce County or Snohomish County, will have a conforming high balance loan limit of $726,525 from $667,000.

Stay tuned for a complete list of the 2019 conforming loan limits for homes located in Washington state.

PS: If you are considering refinancing or buying a home and want the higher loan limits with today’s interest rates, you may not have to wait! Contact me for more information if your home is located any where in Washington state, where I’m licensed.