The 2014 Outstanding Loan Originator is…

2014-11-07 21.02.42 I am honored, humbled and amazed to be a finalist in three categories at this year’s Business and Humanitarian Awards Gala, which took place on Friday. This annual event is organized by the Washington Association of Mortgage Professionals to recognize Washington real estate professionals (mortgage, real estate brokers, title and escrow) who are the epitome of their profession.

To receive the award for Outstanding Loan Originator was a complete surprise to me, despite being a finalist. I wish I would have prepared something to say when the award was presented. Between the shock, the bright lights and the 200 plus glamorous faces staring up at me, I was almost rendered speechless.

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Should I attend Seattle Agent ReBoot or Greater Seattle RE BarCamp?

Easy answer: BOTH! 🙂

Full disclosure, I am one of the organizers of this years Seattle RE BarCamp which will be taking place next week, Thursday, March 13, 2014. And I am planning on attending both Seattle Agent ReBoot and Seattle RE BarCamp next week.

Why? Because these two events offer two unique experiences.

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First Seattle Snow of 2014

Last night we went to bed thinking we would just have a dusting of snow in the morning… we woke up to about 3 inches of the white stuff in the Alki neighborhood in West Seattle.  I thought I’d share a few photos from our morning walk with  our puppy, Hitch.

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What May Impact Mortgage Rates this Week: January 20, 2014

1560492_10151836164426046_1986095200_nWoooo whoooo SEAHAWKS!! Okay, I know that winning the NFC Championship against the 49er’s has nothing to do with mortgage interest rates… I just couldn’t help myself 🙂

This week’s economic calendar is very light. Markets, as well as our office, were closed yesterday to observe Martin Luther King Day.

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How’s the Market?

This is a question I’m often asked about the greater Seattle/Pacific Northwest region. Since I focus on helping people with mortgages to buy or refinance their homes, I defer these types of questions to local real estate professionals.

I recently posted this question with the challenge that the real estate agents keep their response to one sentence or roughly 140 characters. Here are some of the replies I received.

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S&P Case Shiller: Seattle home prices on the rise

SP_CS_postThis morning the S&P/Case Shiller Home Prices Index was released revealing gains across the board for the 20 city index.

The report states that Seattle had their largest monthly gain to home prices since April 1990 of 3.15% from April to May.

Year over year, Seattle boasted double digit gains of 11.9% for May.

This can be good news for people in the greater Seattle area who are considering selling their home and for those who have been waiting for home values to improve so they can refinance.

Mortgage interest rates are off their record lows. However, they are still what would be considered historically low.

If you’re interested in getting preapproved to buy a home or refinancing your existing home located in Washington State, I’m happy to help you!

I’m not just a Blogger, I’m also a Licensed Mortgage Originator

This morning my husband and I enjoyed a tasty brunch at West 5 in West Seattle. I love their breakfast hash! When our waitress brought us our check she asked me if I was “that mortgage blogger”.  Yep… that’s me. She then went on to say how much she and her husband enjoyed my blog and that it was a great resource for when the refinanced. 

A bittersweet compliment. Of course I would have loved to help them with their refinance. I thanked her for her compliments.

My husband couldn’t resist calling her back when she walked by to ask why she didn’t contact me for her refi. She had asked for a referral from a trusted friend. I applaud this. That’s much better than calling a mortgage originator who has had to resort to mailing to strangers or clicking on some flashy ad on the internet (that’s probably just a lead generator).

With that said, I thought it wouldn’t hurt to take this opportunity to remind my readers that I’m not just a mortgage blogger, what pays my bills is successfully closing mortgage loans on homes located in Washington state. I’m happy to provide you with a detailed mortgage rate quote or help you with your home purchase or refinance.

My commercial break is over 🙂 stay tuned… tomorrow I’ll be posting this week’s scheduled economic indicators. 

Sunday Drive to Washington Arboretum Park

One of the best things about having a new puppy in our family has been taking him out on walks to various parks around the area. Yesterday, my husband and I took Scupper, a Flat Coated Retriever,to Washington Arboretum Park. 

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Scupper in search of ducks

This was my first time visiting this park I’ve probably driven over thousands of times. It’s located under parts of the off-ramps to 520 bridge by University of Washington and the Seattle neighborhood of Washington Park along the shores of Lake Washington.

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520 Bridge

On this visit, we walked around Foster Island and Marsh Island. We are saving the Arboretum gardens for next time.

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Hubby and Scupper

The park is over 230 acres and has botanical gardens that are managed by the University of Washington.

You can check out more of photos from our walk to Washington Arboretum Park by clicking here.