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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Buying a home together before you get married

Last month I read an interesting article from Coldwell Banker about couples who are buying homes together before they get married. A survey was conducted which “revealed that 1 in 4 young couples are buying a home together before tying the knot”.

“…buying a home together has become “the new engagement ring” for some young couples. The homebuying process forces couples to deal with their competing feelings of money and how to spend it, and that is why successfully purchasing a home with someone else is deemed a significant accomplishment in any relationship. It means the couple has been able to overcome their differences in an effort to create a better future together.”

The survey found that 24% of couples who buy a home before they are married are 18 – 24 years old. When I bought my first house, I was 21 years old and it was with my (then) fiance…many years ago! 🙂

When couples buy together, before they are married (or if they never plan on marrying), they need to consider how they will vest on title. This is important because if either person passes away, how they hold title (vesting) may determine what happens to the home. Most often, vesting is determined a home is purchased by the language on the deed. Two single people who own a home together have different rights than a married couple in Washington state.

I’m not an attorney and I’m feeling a bit like “Debbie Downer” discussing this tidbit…but it is important to consider. Here are two brochures provided by title companies that you can review with your attorney to discuss how to vest in title.

And don’t miss this video of Tim Daniels, Title Officer discussing different ways to take title for real property in Washington state.

If you are considering buying a home anywhere in Washington state and need help with your home loan mortgage, I’m happy to help you!

What Sales Price Can I Buy with $100,000 Down Payment

EDITORS NOTE: More loan programs and improved guidelines are now available… and of course the rates quoted below are expired. If you would like me to review your scenario and provide you with a free rate quote for your home in Washington state, please click here.

I recently met with clients who have saved $100,000 to use for down payment and closing cost for a home in Bellevue.  They easily qualify for the mortgage payment with their combined incomes and the both have excellent credit with scores of 740 or higher. They are most interested in seeing what sales prices they could qualify for with the $100,000 they had saved for down payment and closing cost using available mortgage programs.

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