Stop paying rent: Mortgages with down payment assistance

This post is the last in my series showing different options for buying a home using mortgages with low down payment options. The series started from a posting I saw on Facebook where one of my West Seattle neighbors is trying to find a place to rent that accepts pets. This is my handsome pup, Hitch, who might not be allowed in most apartments since he’s over 65 pounds…even though he’s just a big puppy.  🙂

My previous posts compared using Fannie Mae’s Home Ready program and an FHA mortgage with the goal of keeping the total mortgage payment around $2200.

This post will be using a program from the Washington State Housing Finance Commission which offers down payment assistance. The down payment assistance is actually a second mortgage at zero percent interest that is tacked on to the end of the first mortgage. There are no payments due for 30 years (or when the first mortgage is paid off). Although the down payment assistance interest rate is zero, the interest rates for the first mortgages with this program tend to be higher (as you’ll see with my quote). [Read more…]

Mortgage interest rates continue higher

Freddie Mac’s weekly Prime Mortgage Market Survey shows that the average conforming rate last week reached a four year high with the 30 year at 4.58% priced with a half point.

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Stop paying rent: Mortgages with Low Down Payment Options

Recently I wrote about neighbors in West Seattle who were looking for a new place to rent because they have two cats and a dog, limiting their options.  I’ve pets my entire life, this is my cat Rocko at his typical hang-out where he can view everything on our stairs.

In my last post, I shared Fannie Mae’s Home Ready mortgage program which offers a low down payment with improved pricing on rates and mortgage insurance. [Read more…]

Reason to stop paying rent #7: You have a pet

I love my pets, Rocko and Hitch. We have had pets before we had (our now adult) children. I totally understand someone’s anguish when they are trying to deal with where they are going to live when they have pets.
This morning, I was catching up on Facebook and in our local neighborhood group for West Seattle, a neighbor is worried about if their landlord is getting ready to sell the home they are currently renting. [Read more…]

Mortgage Rates are still low

Freddie Mac released their weekly Prime Market Mortgage Survey (PMMS) today showing that last week, conforming mortgage rates were fairly steady after trending higher since the beginning of this year.

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Mortgage Rates March Higher

Freddie Mac released their Prime Mortgage Market Survey today showing mortgage rates continuing to trend higher.


The PMMS report is based on an average of conforming rates from last week. This is the seventh consecutive week that mortgage rates have moved higher based on this report.

Historically, our rates are still very low. Don’t believe me? Check this out. [Read more…]

Mortgage interest rates moving higher

This morning, Freddie Mac released their weekly report on the direction of conforming mortgage rates. The graph from the Prime Mortgage Market Survey is quite telling. Mortgage rates have been pushing higher for the last 6 months. As the economy improves, it would be likely to see rates continue in this direction.  The 30 year fixed is up 0.44 in rate from the low of 3.78 recorded in September 2017 and has not been reported this high since last March.  Click here for quote with current mortgage rates.

 

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Mortgage Rates improved last week

Freddie Mac’s Prime Mortgage Market Survey (PMMS) was released this morning showing that mortgage rates dropped last week.  RATES POSTED BELOW ARE EXPIRED. Click here for a mortgage rate quote with current rates for your Washington home.


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