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It could soon be easier to borrow against your home after U.S. regulators approved a Freddie Mac pilot program for purchasing second mortgages.  The plan, announced Friday, is meant to help homeowners who secured low-interest mortgages and want to access their home’s equity for a loan. The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) said it granted “conditional […]

Borrowing against your home could soon get easier

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By Fergal McAlinden The Federal Reserve’s decision to leave interest rates unchanged yet again last week came as no surprise – but more significantly, the central bank signaled that just one rate cut is likely on the way in 2024, a dramatic dialing-back from expectations earlier in the year. In March, multiple rate cuts were anticipated […]

How many Fed rate cuts should we expect in 2024?

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 13, 2024) – The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) Builder Application Survey (BAS) data for May 2024 shows mortgage applications for new home purchases increased 13.8% compared from a year ago. Compared to April 2024, applications increased by 1%. This change does not include any adjustment for typical seasonal patterns. “There continues to be […]

May New Home Purchase Mortgage Applications Increased 13.8 Percent

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The housing markets in Snohomish, Island, and Skagit counties are shifting gears in 2024. While home prices remain high, the breakneck pace of appreciation seen in recent years is starting to slow down. Here are some trends we are seeing: What’s Driving the Change? Rising mortgage rates are making homeownership more expensive, potentially impacting affordability […]

Current Trends in Housing – North Puget Sound

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The amount of money a homebuyer puts down to purchase a home hit a historic high at the end of 2023, but that sum is finally falling. A new report from Realtor.com® shows that the median down payment homebuyers laid on the closing table in the first three months of 2024 was an average of 13.6%—which translates […]

Down Payments Fall From Historical Peak

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Navigating the intricacies of private mortgage insurance (MI) can be a daunting task for borrowers, but the benefits can really add up! They include: ·        Increased buying power: Because MI makes it possible to buy a home with less than 20% down, homebuyers can reach savings goals faster and become homeowners sooner than otherwise possible. ·        Expanded cash […]

Private mortgage insurance means you could purchase a home with as little as 3% down

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Home prices continued their upward trend in February, defying high mortgage rates and low inventory of homes for sale. The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller national housing index rose 6.4% from February a year ago and up from the 6% annual increase registered in January.  San Diego led the way with an 11.4% annual increase, while Chicago and […]

Home Prices Continue Their Rise, Defying High Mortgage Rates

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A mortgage rate is highly subjective and can vary for a variety of reasons.  A news story that provides an outright level like 7.5% requires context and qualification.  Some online advertisements (especially among builders) could still be showing rates in the high 6’s.  Some borrowers will be seeing rates of 7.625 or higher.  Loans with less than 25% […]

Mortgage Rates Back Up And Over 7.5%

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Young Americans who have the means are turning to family for help with down payments as housing costs soar. Working a second job is also a popular way to save for a down payment, with 2 in 5 millennials and Gen Zers doing so.  More than one-third (36%) of Gen Zers and millennials who plan […]

More Than 1/3 of Gen Z and Millennial Homebuyers Plan to Use Family Money For Down Payment

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In mortgage lending, almost nothing is more frustrating than working hard on applications that ultimately get rejected — especially when the problems result from simple errors and homebuyer misunderstandings. At a time when it’s so important to close every eligible loan, here’s what many mortgage originators are doing to ensure a smoother loan process, especially […]

Why Do Deals Fail?  Many Homebuyers Don’t Understand the Process

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