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Saving For a Home

Saving For a Home

With home affordability at the highest rate seen in decades, now is prime time to make a purchase.

Many renters are wanting to turn over a new leaf by investing in a starter home. Current homeowners are wanting to take advantage of low prices and buy the home of their dreams.

The key to buying in today’s market is having the funds and financial stability needed. How can you go about saving to buy a home?

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Are you dreaming 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!

10 Ways to Turn Off a Homebuyer

10 Ways to Turn Off a Homebuyer

What a difference a couple of years makes.

Back in 2007, homebuyers would beg to purchase your house. They would even bid more than the asking price for the privilege to do so.

Today … well, not so much. Once the real estate bubble burst and foreclosures poisoned the housing pool, buyers suddenly regained the upper hand. But instead of buying, they’re waiting, convinced that housing prices will continue to drop.

What’s a smart seller to do in this environment?

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Bidding Wars Erupt as U.S. Supply of Homes for Sale Falls

Bidding Wars Erupt as U.S. Supply of Homes for Sale Falls

Bidding wars, absent from most parts of the U.S. residential market since its peak in 2006, are erupting from Seattle and Silicon Valley to Miami and Washington, D.C. The inventory of homes hovers close to a six-year low, while an increase in jobs and record affordability are tempting more buyers. The number of contracts to buy previously owned homes jumped 14 percent in February from a year earlier, the National Association of Realtors reported yesterday.

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Homebuying warms up in many parts of nation

Homebuying warms up in many parts of nation

Five years after the U.S. housing bust sent sales and prices plunging, the spring homebuying season is pointing to a long-awaited recovery.

Reduced prices, record-low mortgage rates, higher rents and an improving job market appear to be emboldening many would-be buyers. Open houses are drawing crowds. A wave of foreclosures is leading investors to grab bargain-priced homes.

And many people seem to have concluded that prices won’t drop much further. In some areas, including King County, house prices have begun to tick up.

Read More on The Seattle Times…

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!

Rate on 30-year mortgage drops to 3.88 percent

Rate on 30-year mortgage drops to 3.88 percent

Freddie Mac reported Thursday that the rate on the 30-year mortgage loan dropped to 3.88 percent (down from 3.98 percent) which is just above the record low rate of 3.87 percent reached in February.

The 15-year mortgage dropped to a record low of 3.11 percent (down from 3.21 percent last week) beating the previous record of 3.13 percent that was hit last month.

If you are in a position to buy, now is an excellent time with both housing prices and mortgage rates so low. Check out our Homeownership Simplified section for helpful information on buying a home in Washington State!

Interested in how different mortgages and rates affect monthly payments? Check out our handy Wahomeowners Calculators to see!