Washington State has a couple of regulations that require certain safety features are installed in a home before a buyer can purchase it. When these items are not installed in the home at the time of the appraisal, or if the appraiser cannot easily find them, then the appraiser or underwriter will require that these items be installed prior to closing. This can potentially delay the closing and/or increase cost if the appraiser has to go back to the property to re-inspect for the missing items.
Here I am again, writing my “Monday rate post” on a Wednesday. This week has been busier than usual…I think part of that is spill over from the short week and more activity with home buyers. As this is the first week of June, we will have the Jobs Report on Friday which tends to impact the direction of mortgage rates.
Earlier this week, it was revealed that over 100,000 tax payers may have had their personal information stolen from the IRS. This data breach is potentially causing hiccups with real estate transactions currently in process too.
This is a short week, thanks to the Memorial Day weekend. Mortgage rates continue to be volatile following the Fed’s commentary that they may start hiking rates soon. Remember, the Fed does not directly control mortgage rates – the Fed does control the Fed funds rate. Mortgage rates react to the Fed’s actions as mortgage rates are based on bonds (mortgage backed securities) and are bought and sold, like stocks. Speaking of stocks, yesterday the Dow had it’s biggest loss in three weeks closing down 190 points.
If you own rental property located in Seattle, you need to be aware of fairly new requirements, created by the Seattle City Council, to register your investment property. This city ordinance, the Rental Registration and Inspection Ordinance (RRIO) impacts landlords and property managers who have multiple units to those who have just one rental home. There are some exceptions, check the ordinance for more information.
The HomeStyle mortgage is Fannie Mae’s version of an FHA 203k rehab mortgage. Fannie Mae HomeStyle allows home buyers to finance improvements and/or repairs with their purchase or with a refinance. This allows home owners to have just one mortgage payment while enjoying upgrades made to their home.
Just like a 203k loan, HomeStyle requires that you work with a consultant to determine what repairs will be required and help advise on improvements. If you’re buying a home and using HomeStyle for your financing, the consultant’s report may also serve as your home inspector.
Here are some of the economic indicators that are scheduled to be released this week: