Archives for November 2013

VA Loans are a benefit our Veterans have earned

VA loans offer eligible Veterans very competitive financing with little to no down payment. Veterans who have served a specific amount of time may earn of Certificate of Eligibility which allows them to apply for a VA mortgage loan.

In the Seattle – King County area, the VA “loan limit” is currently $500,000. I have quotes around “loan limit” because technically VA does not have loan limits – this is the limit to the amount VA will lend up to 100% loan to value ie a VA home buyer can buy a $500,000 home with zero down payment.

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What May Move Mortgage Rates this Week: November 11, 2013

mortgageporter_vaOn Friday, markets were surprised by the strong Jobs Report, adding 204,000 jobs vs the 100,000 expected. This caused mortgage rates to tick higher (although they are still at historically very low levels) catching borrowers who had not locked prior to Friday a bit of a surprise as well.  Bond markets are closed today in observance of Veterans Day.

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Been turned down by a big bank for a mortgage? You’re not alone!

A recent report from the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council revealed that big banks have a very high cancellation rate for home loan applicants.

In 2012, according to this data, Chase declined almost a third of their mortgage applicants with Bank of America denying 25.6% and Wells Fargo rejecting 21% of their mortgage applicants. Quicken Loans and U.S. Bank turned down 17% of their mortgage applicants.
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We’ve Moved!!

Our office, Mortgage Master Service Corporation recently moved to Center Point office park. As the name implies, it’s a very central location just south of Southcenter, off of West Valley Highway. Our new space is beautiful and includes a great conference room for home buyer classes, loan applications and mortgage consultations.

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What May Impact Mortgage Rates this Week: November 4, 2013

MortgagePorter-JobsReportMortgage rates continue to be at very low levels. Although they’re not at the lows from May, Freddie Mac’s Mortgage Market Survey reports that mortgage rates have been trending lower for the last four months. If you missed the refi-boat a few months ago, this may be your second chance. You may want to contact a local licensed mortgage professional for an updated mortgage rate quote (if your home is located anywhere in Washington state, I’m happy to help you).

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Seattle Real Estate Chat: FHA’s Back to Work

In this week’s episode of Seattle Real Estate Chat we discuss FHA’s “Back to Work”. Back to Work is a newer extenuating circumstance that allows people who had a short sale or foreclosure to be able to buy again as long as the short sale or foreclosure happened because of a loss of income at no fault of their own (due to actions by their employer). You can read more about FHA’s Back to work program here.

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