What May Impact Mortgage Rates this week: August 11, 2014

mortgageporter-economyThis week’s economic calendar is on the lighter side.  Here are some of the economic indicators scheduled to be released this week:

  • Wednesday, August 13: Retail Sales
  • Thursday, August 14: Initial Jobless Claims
  • Friday, August 15: Producer Price Index; Empire State Index; Consumer Sentiment Index (UoM)

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Where do I start with an FHA 203k Rehab loan?

mortgageporterhouseI just received this question from one of my readers:

My wife and I are very interested in pursuing a 203K type mortgage, but do not know where or how to start.  I would appreciate any assistance you could offer.  Thanks!

An FHA 203k mortgage allows improvements to be made to a home using an FHA insured mortgage. The borrower is able to finance the cost of the improvements with one mortgage. Since it is an FHA mortgage, it has a reduced down payment, FHA upfront and monthly mortgage insurance and the loan is subject to FHA loan limits in the county the property is located in.

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What May Impact Mortgage Rates this week: August 4, 2014

2014-07-05 09.46.57I hope you’re enjoying your summer. Can you believe that it’s already August? Tomorrow, August 5, 2014, is Seattle Night Out (actually, National Night Out) and many neighborhoods will be getting to know each better over block parties and/or pot luck dinners during this annual crime prevention event. This is a great excuse to get to know your neighbors better so if you don’t have anything planned tomorrow, why not knock on a few doors and have an impromptu pot luck? :)

Photo: Our puppy, Hitch, having fun with one of his neighbors, Sadie.

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Home Advantage Mortgage with or without Points

2013-03-07_0746The Washington State Housing Finance Commission has recently offered more pricing options with their Home Advantage first mortgage program.  Originally, all Home Advantage products were priced with 1 point.  One point equals 1 percent of the loan amount and is paid at closing. This closing cost cuts into the down payment assistance that many home buyers are hoping to utilize when they are using the Home Advantage Mortgage program.

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What May Impact Mortgage Rates this Week: July 28, 2014

MortgagePorter-JobsReportThis week is packed full of economic indicators that may influence mortgage interest rates, including the Fed meeting on Wednesday and Jobs Report on Friday. The Jobs Report carries a lot of weight with mortgage rates as it may indicate inflation. As the economy and employment improves, we may see signs of wage inflation. Inflation is the arch enemy of bonds, like mortgage backed securities – which mortgage rates are based on. World tensions may also impact mortgage rates as investors may seek the safety found in bonds.

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Seattle Real Estate Chat [Video] on Preapproval and Commitment Letters

In this episode, Jim Reppond and I discuss Commitment Letters.  A commitment letter is kind of like a preapproval letter on steroids. And in this hot sellers market that the greater Seattle area is currently experiencing – many buyers can use a little extra help to stand out from a similar competing offer.  A Loan Commitment Letter may be the extra boost that could help some home buyers.

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Steps in the Mortgage Process

iStock_000003709509SmallThe process of getting a mortgage consists of several stages and typically takes anywhere from 20 – 40 days (or more) depending on how prepared you are, what mortgage program you have selected and if it’s a purchase, the closing date may dictate how long the process will take. The steps below may not take place in the exact order I have listed and some steps may happen simultaneously.

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What May Impact Mortgage Rates this Week: July 21, 2014

mortgageporter-economyMortgage rates are not only impacted by the direction of bonds (mortgage backed securities); global tensions may also influence mortgage interest rates. We saw this last week with the heart breaking and horrific downing of the Malaysian flight and increased global tensions. Rates slightly improved as investors opted for the safety found in bonds.

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