Happy 15th Bloggoversary to The Mortgage Porter

It’s hard to believe that 15 years ago, I began “blogging” with The Mortgage Porter. When I started this blog late November 2006, I would have never imagined that it would become such an important part of my mortgage career.

I’ve met some wonderful people and have had amazing experiences that would have not happened had I not started typing out my first post about the beginning of mortgage originators being licensed (or just registered if they work for a bank or credit union). I would have never imagined that I would be interviewed, be asked to speak at events and that I would wind up attracting clients I really enjoy working with all from blogging. It’s truly been a gift that I’m thankful for!

This is my 1908th post for this ol’d blog and The Mortgage Porter has engaged 2907 comments.

Thank you so much to anyone who has read this blog, shared a post, commented, subscribed and/or who have reached out to me for assistance with their mortgage needs. I’m truly humbled and honored.

BREAKING NEWS: 2022 FHA Loan Limits

HUD has announced loan limits for FHA mortgages for 2022. Just like conforming loan limits that I announced just a few hours ago, loan limits are higher for 2022 except for San Juan County, which has the same loan limits as 2021. King, Pierce and Snohomish Counties have a loan limit of $891,250 for 1-unit properties.

FHA has more various loan limits by county than conforming. Here is a complete list for counties in Washington state. [Read more…]

Breaking News: 2022 Conforming Loan Limits

The FHFA has announced the conforming loan limits for 2022. The conforming loan limit for a one-unit property will be $647,200. This is an increase of $98,950 from the 2021 loan limits. Homes located in counties designated as “High Balance”, such as King County, Pierce County and Snohomish County, will have higher loan limits.

Here is a complete list of the 2022 Conforming Loan Limits for homes located in Washington state. [Read more…]

Mortgage Rates Moved Higher Last Week

Freddie Mac released the Prime Mortgage Market Survey (PMMS) showing average mortgage interest rates for LAST WEEK. Yes…last week’s mortgage rates are old news but this does illustrate where rates have BEEN and what direction they may be moving. [Read more…]

2022 Conforming Loan Limits?

Typically in late November, conforming loan limits are announced for the following year. Loan amounts under the conforming loan limit tend to have lower interest rates than loan amounts that are “high balance conforming” (available in certain counties, such as King, Pierce and Snohomish) or jumbo mortgages. [Read more…]

How Does Dave Ramsey’s Advice on Mortgages Pencil Out?

Last month I wrote about advice I’ve been seeing popping up in my Facebook feed from Dave Ramsey on mortgages. There are several points that I just don’t find realistic for the average person who wants to buy a home, such as only using a 15 year amortized mortgage with 20% down payment and limiting your mortgage payment to 25% of your take home pay. I promised that I would share a follow up post where I review different scenarios comparing his advise to real life scenarios. [Read more…]

Should You Follow Dave Ramsey’s Advice on Mortgages?

Dave Ramsey is someone a lot of people follow for financial advise. Lately he’s been showing up A LOT in my Facebook stream pushing his thoughts on mortgages, home ownership and credit. Some of his ideas, I don’t totally disagree with. In fact, I shared a post that came from his group encouraging people to continue to pay rent and make their mortgage payments during the pandemic if at all possible (ie nothing is for free). However, I don’t support what he instructs his followers who are considering buying a home and I also have an issue with anyone who pushes their “team of vetted real estate agents”…I would be really surprised if there is not some sort of financial relationship associated with this referral arrangement.

Let’s take a look at what he encourages his followers to do with regards to buying a home or getting a mortgage. [Read more…]

Mortgage Rates Lumbering Low

Freddie Mac’s PMMS shows mortgage rates remaining at low levels.

From Freddie Mac’s Chief Economist, Sam Khater:
“While the economy continues to grow, it has lost momentum over the last two months due to the current wave of new COVID cases that has led to weaker employment, lower spending and declining consumer confidence. Consequently, mortgage rates dropped early this summer and have stayed steady despite increases in inflation caused by supply and demand imbalances…”

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