Apr 26

US mortgage rates remain low as home-buying season starts

April 21, 2016 Long-term U.S. mortgage rates stayed near 2016 lows this week, potentially good news for the housing market as the spring home-buying season begins. The average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage edged up to 3.59 percent from 3.58 percent last week. The 15-year fixed-rate mortgage slipped to 2.85 percent, lowest since May 2013, and down …

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Jun 01

Mortgage Rates and Your Home Price

How do rising interest rates influence how much you can afford to pay for your new home?  Goal: to keep your principal and interest payment between $1850 – $1880 per month.   The chart shows you how much house you can afford with rising interest rates.For example, with a 3.75% interest rate you can afford a $400,000 home. …

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Apr 14

Foreclosure inventory down 27.3% since February 2014

The national foreclosure inventory declined by 27.3% and completed foreclosures declined by 15.7% from February 2014, according to the latest from CoreLogic. The data firm also reports the number of mortgages in serious delinquency declined by 19.3% from February 2014 to February 2015 with 1.5 million mortgages, or 4%, in serious delinquency, which is defined as 90 …

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Apr 14

Fannie Mae launches major first-time homebuyer assistance program

  Fannie Mae announced April 14th a new HomePath Ready Buyer program under which qualifying first-time homebuyers can receive up to 3% of the purchase price of the subject property in closing cost assistance toward the purchase of a HomePath property. On a $150,000 home, this could result in up to $4,500 in savings for …

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Jan 08

FHA Mortgage Insurance Premium (MIP) to Drop

FHA Mortgage Insurance Premium (MIP) to drop President Obama will be formally announcing that he will direct the Federal Housing Administration to reduce annual mortgage insurance premiums by 50 basis points, from 1.35% to 0.85%. Zillow’s Allison Paoli ran the numbers on what this could mean for first-time buyers, saying: “On a $175,000 home loan with less than 5% …

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Dec 19

Buying a Home with Only 3% Down Payment

Yes, you can buy your new home with as little as a 3% down payment! There is a common misconception that many buyers have regarding the down payment necessary to purchase a home. Multiple studies reveal that 40-50% of Americans believe you need between 15-20% of a down payment to be eligible to purchase a home. …

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Dec 11

Can you afford to rent in Seattle?

‘What’s Up? Nothin’ But the Rent.’ No news to Seattle renters, but Seattle is officially one of the most expensive cities to rent a home… tenth in the country behind San Franciso. Seattlites need to make the equivalent of $44/hour to afford a median rent. San Francisicans need to earn a minimum of $79/hour. Renting …

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Aug 30

Why don’t more home buyers take advantage of lower borrowing costs?

Demand for Mortgages is Down Fixed-rate mortgages sank to the lowest average of the year last week, yet mortgage origination activity remains lackluster. In a recent blog post, Freddie Mac analysts point to three main factors behind the decrease in mortgage originations: The refinancing boom has ended. From 2013 to 2014, mortgage applications for refinancings have fallen …

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Aug 21

Where are mortgage rates headed?

The interest rate you pay on your home mortgage has a direct impact on your monthly payment. The higher the rate the greater the payment will be. That is why it is important to look at where rates are headed when deciding to buy now or wait until next year. According to a recent article in Kiplinger, 30 …

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Aug 14

House Punting: The Cost of Waiting to Buy

What would a higher interest rate actually mean for your purchase of a new home? To put a price tag on the potential cost of waiting to buy a home Zillow assumed that the rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage would rise 1 percentage point, and then calculated how that higher rate — which would be about …

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