Mortgage Rates Drop Lower

20190627pmmsFreddie Mac released their weekly mortgage rate update, Prime Mortgage Market Survey, which illustrates just how low mortgage rates have dropped recently.

Mortgage interest rates are at their lowest levels since November 2016. From Freddie Mac’s Chief Economist, Sam Khater:

“While the industrial and trade related economic data continues to dominate the news, the drop in mortgage rates over the last two months is already being felt in the housing market. Through late June, home purchase applications improved by five percentage points compared to the previous month. In the near-term, we expect the housing market to continue to improve from both a sales and price perspective.”

Homeowners with rates in the mid-4’s or higher and those with FHA or private mortgage insurance have been taking advantage of the economic situation and refinancing into lower mortgage payments. Mortgage rates are based on mortgage backed securities (bonds) and change throughout the day. Should the trade tensions ease, we will likely see mortgage rates quickly bounce back up… not that they were “high” before… they just weren’t this LOW!

So…if you would like to drop your mortgage payment, you need to be able to LOCK in the current low interest rates. That means starting a loan application or getting a detailed rate quote scenario to see if refinancing makes sense.

If your home is located anywhere in Washington state, where I’m licensed, I am happy to help you with your refi or home purchase.

It could be time to refi!

Mwordswag_1559588346141ortgage rates for a 30 year fixed conventional mortgage are back to very low levels. This is largely due to current global concerns which may create a opportunity of opportunity for those who may benefit from a refinance.

It may make sense for you to refi if: [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…]

Coming Soon: Freddie Mac’s HomeOne Mortgage Program

Later next month, Freddie Mac will be offering a new program for first time home buyers. This mortgage program offers low down payment options without the income limit or geographic restrictions that Home Possible has.

HomeOne will be available for both purchases and rate-term refinances on single family dwellings. At least one borrower on the application must be a first time home buyer when the transaction is a purchase and home buyer education is required. [Read more…]

It’s Hard Being a Home Buyer in Seattle – Here are some tips!

CNN recently published an article about a couple’s experience buying a home in Seattle. In a nutshell, their seventh offer was accepted with multiple offers well over the list price and they were able to close quickly without contingencies with a large earnest money deposit.

Home prices and lack of inventory (which I hope is starting to change) have created a highly competitive situation for those who want to buy a home in Seattle. Buying a home just about anywhere in the tri-county area these days is not for the feint of heart. [Read more…]

My Seattle Kitchen Remodel: Selecting Countertops

A few weeks ago, I shared that we’re remodeling our kitchen. Boy-oh-boy what a chore it is…we started the process months ago and are just starting to see light at the end of the tunnel. As I’m going through this first hand, I thought I’d share tidbits of things we’re learning along the way.  Today, I’ll share the story of our kitchen counters.

Let’s start by discussing what we had on our “old” kitchen (photo above). [Read more…]

HARP Refi’s are still available…for a few more months!

The Home Affordable Refinance Program (also known as HARP) which helped many home owners refinance their underwater homes into lower rates following the melt-down, is scheduled to end later this summer. [Read more…]