FHA revises guidelines for calculating student loans

mortgageporter_student_loansTonight HUD announced that they are backing off how they have been treating student loan debts for people who are trying to qualify for a mortgage.

From HUD’s announcement:

“…FHA believes that its approach provides the appropriate balance between expanding access to credit and ensuring that the borrower is able to maintain successful, long-term homeownership.

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Fannie Mae’s HomeReady Mortgage

2013-03-07_0746The HomeReady Mortgage is a mortgage program created by Fannie Mae intended to help low-to-moderate income borrowers with good credit buy or refinance a home.

Here are more details about the HomeReady Mortgage:

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Home Buyer Class in Kent

Seattle Home Buyer Classes****THIS CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELLED****

I will be teaching a home buyer class in Kent with Ira Sacharoff of Better Properties Real Estate on Saturday, April 23, 2016 at Mortgage Master Service Corporation’s home office which is located just south of South Center on West Valley Highway.

The class is sponsored by the Washington State Housing Finance Commission. Students who attend are eligible for programs like Home Advantage or House Key Opportunity (the Washington state bond program) or Freddie Mac Home Possible. Students are also eligible for various down payment assistance programs 

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Freddie Mac PMMS Reports lowest rates of 2016

freddie mac pmms April 7 2016
Freddie Mac’s Prime Market Mortgage Survey reports that the 30 year fixed conventional mortgage had an average interest rate of 3.59% with 0.5 points last week.

Mortgage rates are indeed very low right now making this a great opportunity to consider refinancing your current home or investment property. If your home is located anywhere in Washington state, I’m more than happy to help you. Click here for a no-hassle rate quote.

Freddie Mac PMMS Report

Freddie Mac’s PMMS report was released today with commentary that it’s not reflecting the impact Janet Yellen’s comments had earlier this week, causing rates to drop. Remember, Freddie Mac’s PMMS report is an average of LAST WEEK’S mortgage rates…it’s old news if you’re using this for locking. However, it’s good data if you’re interested in trends.

2016 march 31 pmms report

Tomorrow morning we’ll have the Jobs Report which tends to impact rates for better or worse… stay tuned!

The bottom line is that mortgage rates continue to be at very low levels. If you are interested in buying or refinancing a home located anywhere in Washington state, I’m happy to help you!

More Junk Mail for Home Owners

There is no shortage of junk mail. If you have just bought a home or refinanced a home, you’re a very popular person with folks trying to sell you something. Some of the offers in the mail, like discounts to stores, are kind of nice…however other offers are just plain junk, if not worse.
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What may impact the direction of mortgage rates this week: March 14, 2016

mortgageporter-economyThis week is packed with economic data that may impact the direction of already volatile mortgage rates. Mortgage rates are based on bonds (mortgage backed securities/MBS) and change throughout the day, similar to stocks. MBS may often move in the opposite direction of stocks as investors will seek the safety of bonds when stocks are being volatile.

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Bouncing Mortgage Rates

Freddie Mac’s PMMS report reveals that last week the 30 year fixed conforming mortgage averaged 3.68% with an average 0.5 point.pmms march 10 2016
This is slightly higher than what was reported last week and slightly lower compared to a year ago.

From Freddie Mac’s Chief Economist, Sean Becketti:

“The 10-year Treasury yield ended the survey week exactly where it started, however the solid February employment report boosted the yield noticeably on Friday and Monday. Our mortgage rate survey captured the impact of this temporary increase in yield, and the 30-year mortgage rate rose 4 basis points to 3.68 percent. This marks the second increase this year. Nonetheless, the mortgage rate remains 33 basis points lower than its end-of-2015 level.

It’s still a great time to refinance or lock in a low rate if you’re buying a home. If you are considering either buying a home or refinancing a home located anywhere in Washington state, I’m happy to help you. Click here if I can provide you with a mortgage rate quote.