Home Buyer Education Class in North Seattle

Seattle Home Buyer ClassesI will be teaching a Home Buyers Education Class with Jim Reppond of Coldwell Banker Danforth on Saturday, July 12, 2014 at the Northeast Public Library. This class is sponsored by the Washington State Housing Finance Commission.

Students will learn about the home buying process and will receive a certificate at the end of the class making them eligible for:

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The FHA HAWK Program for Homebuyers

Osprey_muralA few weeks ago, HUD announced a new program created for first time home buyers which rewards them with reduced mortgage insurance premiums after they participate in home buyer education and one-on-one housing counseling. HAWK or Homeowners Armed with Knowledge is a pilot program set be released in two phases on a limited basis.

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First Time Home Buyers Guide Book

Check out the latest edition of Your First Home Mortgage Guide.

Although I wrote this book with first time home buyers in mind, a majority of the content is relevant to all home buyers.

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Burien Home Buyer Class on May 10, 2014

Seattle Home Buyer ClassesThe next home buyer education class that I’m teaching is coming up on Saturday, May 10th, 2014 at the Burien Library. Ira Sacharoff, Real Estate Broker with Better Properties Real Estate is my fellow instructor.

The class is sponsored by the Washington State Housing Finance Commission. Students who attend are eligible for programs like Home Advantage, House Key (state bond) or Home Possible as well as various down payment assistance programs and MCC (mortgage credit certificates) tax credits.If you are considering buying a home with your spouse, partner or friend, they need to attend the class too in order to qualify for programs. You do not need to be a first time home buyer to qualify for many of these programs. And you’re welcome to attend if you’re just interested in learning more about the process.

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What is a Mortgage Credit Certificate or MCC?

Mortgage Credit Certificate (or also referred to as MCC) is a federal tax credit available to first time home buyers who meet certain requirements. With the tax credit, eligible home buyers can adjust their their withholding to take advantage of the savings monthly instead of waiting until they file their taxes.  The MCC remains available as long as the borrower owns and occupies the property.

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WSHFC now offers reduced mortgage rates with no DPA

2013-03-07_0746The Washington State Housing Finance Commission offers several mortgage programs with various types of down payment assistance for home buyers. In order to qualify for the program, home buyers need to have household income of $97,000 or lower and attend a WSHFC sponsored home buyers class.

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Why would anyone want an FHA mortgage?

mortgageporter-thinkingLet me start by saying there’s nothing wrong with having an FHA insured mortgage. FHA mortgages have been a resource for first time home buyers and borrowers who lack significant down payment since their inception 40 years ago…. BUT with the increases to the upfront and monthly mortgage insurance premiums and the reduced loan limits, many borrowers could be better off considering loans other than FHA.

When I’m working with a home buyer who’s considering an FHA mortgage, here are some of the other mortgage programs I suggest they consider:

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Want Conventional with 3% Down? Check out Home Advantage.

2013-03-07_0746This past weekend, Fannie Mae implemented new underwriting standards raising the minimum down payment for a conventional loan from 3% to 5% down…with an exception. The exception allows for certain community based programs, like those offered through the Washington State Housing Finance Commission to still provide 3% down conventional mortgages. I have confirmed with WSHFC that the Home Advantage Program will continue to all a minimum 3% down payment.

For more information about the Home Advantage Mortgage Program, please click here.

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