Why use an FHA Mortgage for your home loan?

mortgageporter-thinkingWhen Washington state home buyers and home owners request a mortgage rate quote from me, they have many options, including FHA or conventional financing. Over recent years, conventional financing has become a more popular mortgage than FHA, despite FHA’s lower down payment requirements.

What’s not so hot about FHA?

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What the Fed Said

20140504_210758In a nutshell, the Fed will no longer be manipulating mortgage rates at artificially low levels. As I write this, I’m receiving intraday rate sheets from some lenders with pricing for the worse.

This is from the Fed’s Press Release:

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What May Impact Mortgage Rates this Week: October 27, 2014

10584108_10152349540866046_1789571015476639111_nWill this week bring tricks or treats with mortgage rates? The stage is set to be another volatile week for mortgage rates with scheduled economic events/indicators. The Fed is expected to retire QE3 this week, in which they were buying bonds and treasuries to keep mortgage interest rates at artificial low levels.  In addition, the economic issues taking place in Europe and other uncertainties in the world, just adds to the drama we may see play out with mortgage rates.

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Fannie Mae HomePath now offering Financial Flexibilities

financial_flexibilityEarlier this month, Fannie Mae retired the Fannie Mae HomePath Mortgage program which was available exclusively to homes owned by Fannie Mae as a result of foreclosure. This popular program offered mortgages with no private mortgage insurance and no appraisal was required. Investors were able to buy HomePath properties with reduced down payments.

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Conforming Mortgages set to Reduce Minimum Down Payment

Mel_WattAt the MBA Annual Convention this week, Mel Watt, Director of the FHFA announced that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will be reducing the minimum down payment.

From his prepared speech:

“To increase access for creditworthy but lower-wealth borrowers, FHFA is also working with the Enterprises to develop sensible and responsible guidelines for mortgages with loan-to-value ratios between 95 and 97 percent. [Read more…]

What May Impact Mortgage Rates this Week: October 20, 2014 – LOWER RATES

mortgageporter-economyLast week, when mortgage rates for the 30 year fixed dipped below 4%, we saw many home owners jumping at the chance to refinance. Mortgage interest rates were very volatile last week, following the roller coaster ride of the stock market. It was reported we had about 10 different price changes in just one day. The only way you can make sure that you lock in a low rate is to…well…lock it! :) This basically means that you have provided the lender with an application and have decided on your mortgage program.

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Rent or Buy in Seattle: Seattle RE Chat [Video]

In this episode of Seattle Real Estate Chat, Jim Reppond and I compare renting in Seattle to buying a home. With rents on the rise and mortgage rates at very low levels, it may be worth considering making the move to buy a home.

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Comparing the 20 Year Fixed Conventional Mortgage to a 15 Year and 30 Year [Mortgage Rate Post]

moneyclockmortgageporterHome owners looking to take advantage of today’s low rates with a refinance or purchase, may want to consider a 20 year fixed conventional mortgage. The 20 year fixed conventional offers lower rates than the 30 year fixed and lower payments than a 15 year fixed mortgage.

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