Posts Tagged ‘Interest’

Year in Review

Posted: December 5th, 2012 by Brad

In January we forecast 2012 would be a strong year for Seattle metropolitan real estate with this post: http://justrealseattle.com/2012/01/predictions-for-2012/. Here’s what changed since last year: Inventory – decreased by 43% Sales – increased 26% compared to this time last year Values – increases in median prices by 12% in Seattle and 8% countywide (condos increased [...]

Home as Investment

Posted: May 3rd, 2012 by Brad

It’s often said homeownership is the American dream and the safest place to invest one’s earnings. No doubt, owning real estate for most is the single greatest purchase endeavor they’ll undertake in their lifetime.   Whether real estate is a good investment depends primarily on one variable factor; time. Many homeowners were injured by the [...]

Lending News

Posted: March 7th, 2012 by Brad

Tax Benefits on a Refinance – Did you refinance last year? Be sure to make the most of it: http://www.smartmoney.com/taxes/income/the-tax-benefits-of-refinancing-1329845305909/?link=SM_hp_featStory FHA Loan Expense Increase – It’s official, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), which insures loans, will be increasing costs by an estimated 57 percent: http://justrealseattle.com/2012/02/fha-premium-increase/ Obama Cuts Costs for Some Loans – For those considering [...]

Mortgage rates hold steady above decades’ low

Posted: September 7th, 2011 by Just Real Seattle

WASHINGTON — Fixed mortgages were mostly flat this week after hitting their lowest levels in decades. The average rate on the 30-year fixed mortgage stayed at 4.22 percent for the second straight week, Freddie Mac said Thursday. The rate hit 4.15 percent two weeks ago, the lowest level on records dating to 1971. The average rate [...]

U.S. Credit Downgrade, Rates Dip

Posted: August 10th, 2011 by Just Real Seattle

While the long term impact of the U.S. credit downgrade from AAA to AA+ rating is unclear at best, the immediate outcome was quite favorable to mortgage lending. Interest rates fell yesterday to their lowest levels this year or 3.88% for a 30-year fixed rate FHA mortgage. The credit rating agency Standard and Poor’s (S&P) downgraded mortgage finance [...]

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