Mortgage Rates Drop to new 2014 Lows

The 30 year fixed  is back under 4.000% as I write this post. Rates change constantly and with how volatile the markets have been, we could see mortgage rates bounce back up as quickly as they’ve dropped down.

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I’m a Finalist!

311029_2412128996877_1249122151_nI am humbled to be a finalist in three categories at the 2014 Business and Humanitarian Awards Leadership Awards Gala. This annual dinner is an event that is organized by the Washington Association of Mortgage Professionals (WAMP).  I am a finalist in the following categories: Loan Originator, Media/Marketing Company (Mortgage Porter) and Media/Marketing Individual (Mortgage Porter).

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What May Impact Mortgage Rates this Week: October 13, 2014 – Mortgage Rates are LOWER

mortgageporter-economyHappy Columbus Day from Seattle – oh snap, I mean Happy Indigenous People’s Day. Regardless of which holiday you chose to celebrate, today is a Federal holiday and many offices are closed, including recording offices (no closings will be taking place today). Our office is open and I’m happy to help you with your mortgage needs. As today is a holiday, markets are closed. Here are some of the economic indicators scheduled to be released the rest of this week:

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What the Fed Says and How It Impacts Mortgage Rates [LIVE POST]

I am going to attempt to write a “live post” today to illustrate how mortgage rates may change based on data that is released throughout the day and market reactions. Please keep in mind that despite my best efforts, sometimes a “live post” can be a bit challenging…we’ll give it a try!

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What May Impact Mortgage Rates this Week: October 6, 2014

1522456_717971534888096_812580490_oLast Friday’s Jobs Report came in better than expected and mortgage rates ticked up a little higher on Friday but are still in a tight range and essentially unchanged compared to last Monday’s rate post (slightly improved). There’s not a lot on the dance card this week for scheduled events that may impact the direction of mortgage interest rates this week. Watch for the Fed Minutes on Wednesday, which has stronger odds of moving mortgage rates. Since this week’s calendar is so light, I’m adding a couple items that will not impact rates…but are eventful!

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When Can I Buy Again after a Short Sale?

mortgageporter-thinkingI received this question from on of our readers over the weekend:

Hi Rhonda, I completed a short sale in Sept 2012, looking to repurchase.  I know that Fannie Mae just extended their post short sale repurchase guidelines to a waiting time of 4 years.  What other options do I have?  I have enough for downpayment and FICO around 720ish.  Thanks!

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House Key Opportunity aka Washington State Bond Mortgage Program ending soon

Washington State Bond House KeyI just received notice from the Washington State Housing Finance Commission that they will stop accepting reservations for the House Key Opportunity program effective October 15, 2014 at 4:00 pm. Reserving funds is essentially locking the loan and committing to delivering the transaction to WSHFC. Reservations cannot be done unless there is a bona fide transaction with a closing date that will meet the delivery date of the reservation (lock period).

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What May Impact Mortgage Rates this Week: September 29, 2014

MortgagePorter-JobsReportThis week is packed with economic data that may influence the direction of mortgage rates wrapping up with the Jobs Report on Friday. Mortgage rates will also react to world tensions, such as what’s taking place in the Middle East. This is because mortgage rates are based on bonds (mortgage backed securities) and investors often seek the safety of bonds over the potentially higher return found with stocks. Stocks are taking a hit this morning and mortgage backed securities are improved.Here are some of the economic indicators that are scheduled to be released this week:

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