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One of commonly believed myths in buying a house is that you have to have 20% down payment. Though we prefer if you have 20% down to avoid paying for Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI), you can buy a house with as little as 1% down payment.

 Here's more information on the HomeReady Program:

  1. Minimum FICO score is 720.
  2. Owner occupied, Single Family Home only.
  3. Down Payment Assistance (DPA) of up to $5,000.
  4. Borrower to contribute 1% towards down payment. (Sorry this program is no longer available as of 1/1/2019).  However, you can still qualify with 3% down payment HomeReady program. 

Essentially, the program is 97% financing with DPA program contributing up to $5,000 towards down payment. For example:

  • Assuming a Purchase Price of $300,000
  • DPA of $5,000 towards down payment
  • Borrower contributes $4,000 towards down payment
  • Total down payment of $9,000 or 3%.




Posted by Sam Kader on January 4th, 2018 11:36 AM

Live close by South Lake Union, downtown Seattle and commute to Amazon office on Terry Avenue in no time.

Posted by Sam Kader on March 18th, 2014 4:55 PM

If you are unsure of buying a house this year, let me try to convince you that the time is right NOW:

1) Mortgage Interest Rates are on the Rise
The trend is now on the uptick. All of the technical, fundamental, and economic indicators point to mortgage rates moving up in 2013.  All likelihood is that we have seen the best rates already, and waiting is not going to bring them back.

2) Rents are Continuing to Skyrocket
Recently, Zillow reported that rents increased in the U.S. by 4.2% over the last year.  When compared side-by-side, the costs of
owning vs. renting a home easily show the benefits of home ownership.

3) Prices are on the Rise
Home prices in most markets are stabilized, and even starting to increase.  This will be hampered slightly with the over cautious approach of appraisers and lenders, but the trend is still showing prices beginning to rise. The level of inventory is the lowest since 2006. Homeowners can't list because their properties are under water. Thus, many are staying put and wait it out resulting in low inventory.

4) Mortgage Guidelines Will Continue to Tighten
With government intervention added to an already overzealous underwriting standard, we are poised to see it become even more difficult for the average buyer to qualify for a home loan. 

5) FHA Loans To Become Much More Expensive
Starting with FHA Case Numbers pulled on or after June 3rd, 2013, FHA will increase the annual mortgage insurance, making these loans much more expensive for the consumer.  You can read the FHA Mortgagee Letter yourself

Posted by Sam Kader on February 6th, 2013 9:37 PM



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