Honoring our Hometown Heroes

Rhonda_Hometown HeroMortgage Master Service Corporation recently started a program to honor our local heroes. We are now offering a $625 credit towards closing cost for a home purchase or refinance when we provide the mortgage.

Mortgage Master Service Corporation’s Hometown Heroes program is available for:

  • Police Officers
  • Firefighters and EMTs
  • Doctors and Nurses
  • Teachers
  • Military

We thank our heroes for taking care of our community and hope we can take care of you with your mortgage needs.  Please feel free to share this! I’m am honored to help you with any home purchase or refi on homes located in Washington state.

Note: This program cannot be combined with any WSHFC program. Program and pricing subject to change.

 

Mortgage Payment Breakdown

Your mortgage payment typically includes principal and interest and may also include property taxes, home owners insurance. This is often referred to as PITI in the mortgage industry (principal, interest, taxes and insurance). If you have less than 20% down payment or home equity, then you probably have some form of mortgage insurance as well (unless you qualify for a VA mortgage). Some portions of the mortgage payment may change over time. [Read more…]

Fannie Mae’s HomeReady Mortgage

2013-03-07_0746The HomeReady Mortgage is a mortgage program created by Fannie Mae intended to help low-to-moderate income borrowers with good credit buy or refinance a home.

Here are more details about the HomeReady Mortgage:

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Steps in the Mortgage Process

iStock_000003709509SmallEDITORS NOTE 10/23/2015: This post has been updated to include the new disclosures and wait periods required per the Dodd Frank Act effective on loan applications dated October 3, 2015 and later. Click here to read the updated post.

The process of getting a mortgage consists of several stages and typically takes anywhere from 20 – 40 days (or more) depending on how prepared you are, what mortgage program you have selected and if it’s a purchase, the closing date may dictate how long the process will take. The steps below may not take place in the exact order I have listed and some steps may happen simultaneously.

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Going on vacation during the mortgage process

20140628_111831‘Tis the season for going on a vacation.  But what if you are buying a home or in the middle of refinancing your mortgage? Ideally, if you’re buying or refinancing a home, you won’t have any travel plans until after the transaction has closed…however, we know things aren’t always “ideal”… and vacation or business travel plans are sometimes a must.

Here are some pointers I hope you find useful should you find that you’re traveling while in the mortgage process.

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Happy 2014

IMG_20131230_205252Earlier this week I met with my team at Mortgage Master to review goals for this year. This past year at the company has been great. I added a Loan Officer Assistant, Crystal and our main office moved to a beautiful new office in a more central location. Mortgage Master has also added to their management team, which has been beneficial by providing extra support to our mortgage originators. I’ve added additional tools to what I offer clients as well and I’m eager to start better implementing them into our services. I am constantly reviewing and trying new programs with the goal of helping clients have better tools and information to help make informed decisions for their mortgage needs.

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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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Mortgage Interest Rate Locks 101: UPDATED

MortgagePorterHourGlassHouseEDITORS NOTE: One of the joys of writing a mortgage blog is that guidelines and procedures change…and change often.  This gives me a great opportunity to provide you with an updated post.  With HUD’s creation of the 2010 Good Faith Estimate, a lot of the information in the original post is no longer relevant (relating to the GFE) from the original article I wrote on locking back in 2007.  With that said, here’s my updated post…we’ll see if we need to revise this again once CFPB issues their version of the Good Faith Estimate! 

I love it when I’m asked an excellent question from a potential client. This person is still shopping for his next home and who the lender will be to provide financing.   At this point, I have provided several good faith estimates and a total costs analysis to compare possible scenarios side by side along with how the mortgages may be working for him in 5 and 10 years.

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