Happy Birthday, Son!

scanToday is my son’s birthday. Although to me, it seems like just  yesterday he was toddling around in his Barney slippers, he is now entering his third year of college. I simply could not be more proud of him.

The one piece of advice that I would offer anyone with children is to start saving for your child’s education NOW if having your son or daughter attend college is important to you. I’m thankful that I’m able to help my son out with his tuition. He does have student loans…however I’m at least able to help contribute. I set up an auto-payment into a 529 account years ago and before that, bought savings bonds.  I didn’t miss what was taken from my checking account. Of course it did take a hit in recent years – but I’m still so glad I’ve been able to save some money for him.

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Give yourself a raise: Refinance!

About three years ago, I helped a couple buy their first home. They were my first clients to lock in at 4.500%. I remember sitting across the table from them at a coffee shop in West Seattle and telling them that they would probably never need my services again since their rate was so low. I was wrong.

We are refinancing their mortgage of $359,000 into another 30 year fixed rate at 3.375% (apr 3.544) with net closing cost of $1145.  They are reducing their monthly mortgage payment by $418! That’s a significant amount of savings to put back into their household to pay off revolving debt, build savings or retirement or help fund a college account.

They could even take that $418 and apply it towards additional principal, making the same payment they have been for the past three years while whittling seven years off of their new mortgage. This would save them $67,000 over the life of the loan.

My point is that mortgage rates are extremely low. Even if your current rate is 4.5%, it may very well make sense to refinance.

If your home is located in Washington state and you would like me to provide you with a written rate quote, click here.

Family Opportunity Mortgage…now at Mortgage Master Service Corporation

The Family Opportunity Mortgage helps families who are buying or refinancing homes for college students, elderly parents and disabled adult children.   Without this program, these transactions would often have to be considered as “investment properties” with higher interest rates and closing costs.   Now, it can be treated as a vacation or second-home mortgage.

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