Archives for December 2015

MCC (Mortgage Credit Certificate) wrapping up in 2016

piggybankbeltThe Washington State Housing Finance Commission has announced that the available funds for mortgage credit certificates (MCC) will be reduced in 2o16.  They estimate that the remaining funds will be reserved by the end of March (possibly sooner) and that after the available funds are all reserved, home buyers can go on a wait list. The fee for the MCC is increasing in 2016 as well.

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What May Impact Mortgage Rates this week: December 28, 2015

Seattle_fireworksHappy last week of 2015! I hope you are having a wonderful holiday. I feel so fortunate that my son was able to come back for his first visit back home for a quick visit.

With New  Years on Friday, we will have another short week with markets closing early on Thursday and re-opening on Monday.

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Mortgage Insurance Tax Deductible for 2015 and 2016

Money in pocketI’m receiving gleeful emails from various private mortgage insurance companies announcing that mortgage insurance will once again be tax deductible. This is thanks to the PATH Act extending certain tax benefits to eligible home owners.

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What May Impact Rates this week: December 21, 2015

Dad_SantaThis is a short week with the Christmas holiday rapidly approaching. With many traders being on vacation for the holidays, we will most likely see additional volatility through the end of this year. Next week will be a short holiday week as well.

Here are some of the economic indicators scheduled to be released this week that may impact the direction of mortgage interest rates:

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2016 VA Loan Limits for homes in Washington State

MortgageLoan limits for VA mortgages have been announced and, like last year, will follow the conforming loan limits. This means that VA loan limits will be higher for King County,  Snohomish County and Pierce County effective 2016.

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How the Fed impacts Mortgage Rates [LIVE MORTGAGE RATE POST]

20140504_210758Today is “Fed Day” and it’s widely anticipated that we will see our first increase to the Fed Funds rate in years.

Fed Chair Janet Yellen is expected to announce an increase of 0.25% to the Fed Funds rate following the wrap up of today’s FOMC meeting around 11:00 PST.

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What May Impact Mortgage Rates this Week: December 14, 2015

mortgageporter-economyMortgage rates have been very volatile today with the Fed highly anticipated to increase the Fed Funds rate on Wednesday.

Here are some of the economic indicators that may impact the direction of mortgage rates that are scheduled to be released this week:

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2016 FHA Loan Limits for homes in Washington State

iStock-000018668640XSmallHUD has just announced FHA loan limits for 2016. Loan amounts were increased for King County, Pierce County, Snohomish County, Clark County and Skamania County.

All other counties have the same loan limits as they did in 2015.

2016 FHA loan limits for King, Pierce and Snohomish Counties are the same as 2016 Conforming High Balance loan limits.

Here is a complete list of FHA loan limits for all counties in Washington:

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