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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

US Housing Bust Is Over

US Housing Bust Is Over

The housing market has turned—at last.

The U.S. finally has moved beyond attention-grabbing predictions from housing “experts” that housing is bottoming. The numbers are now convincing.

Nearly seven years after the housing bubble burst, most indexes of house prices are bending up. “We finally saw some rising home prices,” S&P’s David Blitzer said a few weeks ago as he reported the first monthly increase in the slow-moving S&P/Case-Shiller house-price data after seven months of declines…

…Economists aren’t always right, but on this at least they agree: A new Wall Street Journal survey of forecasters found 44 believe the housing market has reached its bottom; only three don’t.

Read Full Story on The Wall Street Journal…

 

Long-shrinking homes begin to grow again

Long-shrinking homes begin to grow again

Even as the U.S. economy struggles to rebound from the worst recession since the Great Depression, Americans are living larger.

Larger, as in larger homes: two-story foyers, twin front staircases, children’s wings, dedicated man caves, coffee bars, four-car garages and bedroom closets large enough for a fifth vehicle.

The percentage of new single-family homes greater than 3,000 square feet has grown by one-third in the last decade, according to data released last month by the U.S. Census Bureau. Slightly more than 1 in 4 new homes built last year were larger than 3,000 square feet, the highest percentage since 2007.

Read Full Story on the Seattle Times…