Homebuyers – Get Educated!

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Did you know that Washington State Housing Finance Commission offers Commission Sponsored Homebuyer Education Seminars FREE to the public?

These seminars are free, open to the public, include information about the Commissions Home Advantage first mortgage program, downpayment assistance, and other loan programs?

The seminars are:

  • Accepted by all affordable housing loan programs as meeting or exceeding educational requirements.
  • At least five hours in length in order to cover all major aspects of the home buying process.
  • Have approved training materials and handouts.
  • Offered by professionals who have undergone Commission’s instructor training.
  • Free of direct marketing and sales presentations.

Find a class near you:  http://www.wshfc.org/buyers/schedule.htm


Everybody Loves Duct Tape! Tips & Tricks from HouseLogic

duct tapeHouseLogic, a great resource for the homeowner, has collected some MacGyver-inspired ideas from the Internet.

What MacGyver did:
Used duct tape to seal a hole in a hot air balloon, allowing him to escape his pursuers.

What you can do:

  • Fix a slow-running toilet. Clear the clogged flush passage with wire, then empty the water tank and seal the passage hole with duct tape. Fill the tank with a quart of vinegar and leave overnight.
  • Weatherproof windows. Use strips of duct tape to make windows air tight until you can fix or replace them.
  • Make a temporary roof shingle. Wrap strips of duct tape across a ¼ inch thick piece of plywood cut to size.
  • Tie off loose wires. Wrap small, thin strips of duct tape around exposed ends.
  • Patch holes and tears in duct work, dryer vents, and a torn vacuum hose to temporarily seal leaks.

Read more: http://www.houselogic.com/home-advice/repair-tips/what-would-macgyver-do-emergency-reach-duct-tape/#ixzz25i0eaeP9

Check out our Handy Calculators!

Check out our Handy Calculators!

Whether you’re buying a home or refinancing an existing loan, we have a calculator that can help you make the right decisions!

Determine exactly which deal offers the lowest monthly payments, how much home you can afford, and whether it makes sense to rent or buy, and more.

WAHomeowners Calculators

Home Ownership Matters

Home Ownership Matters

Home ownership has a significant impact on net worth, educational achievement, civic participation, health, and overall quality of life. And, home ownership helps create jobs—lots of them—right here at home.

Home Ownership matters…to people, to communities, and to America. Why?

  • For every two homes sold, one job is created in the U.S.
  • Each purchase generates as much as $60,000 in economic activity over time.
Are you thinking of buying a home? Check out our Homeownership Simplified section a for information & tips on buying a house and our handy calculators to figure out potential mortgages, closing costs, and more!

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