seattle wa real estate: Hey Seattle, I'm an optomist maybe a $15,000 home buyer tax credit is closer! - 06/12/09 07:50 PM
Finally, an action which may help the ailing housing industry.  Contact your Congressional representatives NOW! 
Now is the time for all good men (ladies also) to come to the aid of their country!  Is that too dramatic?  I don't think so.  I can still remember May 1977 when my Internet leads dropped by 90% from the previous month.  Well, that was just over two years ago.  This whole thing has been horrible for America, horrible for all of us. 
This is a clarion call for home buyers, home sellers, real estate agents and anyone who wants action NOW. Everyone is … (0 comments)

seattle wa real estate: Washington States $8,000 First Time Home Buyer Advance Officially DEAD!!! - 06/11/09 09:53 AM
What a roller coaster ride this has been.  Hopes rise and are dashed, maybe, leaving a trail of questions in everyone's mind. 
Below is a quote from the Washington Housing Finance Commission website.  Posted on 06/11/2009.And it is terminal, as regards a cash advance from the State and possibly any third party who may have been putting together programs to advance the tax credit to the first time home buyer (I did come across one entrepreneur who had devised such a plan).
The latest status report on the $8,000 looks like this, today.  FHA still requires 3.5% down payment.  If … (0 comments)

seattle wa real estate: Seattle WA home prices increase, prepare to be a buyer! - 04/07/08 04:43 PM
Where did I leave off, oh yeah..... 
It had something to do with "Think Local".  Our Seattle WA and surrounding communities markets never did take off with the same exuberance as did many other markets.  And our landing will not be anywhere near what is happening in many other cities. 
So why are so many would be buyers waiting for prices to drop?
It is really about buying a home, a place to live, the community and schools.  It is about getting on with life.  We have been focusing too much on a home as a piggy bank, rellying too much on … (0 comments)

seattle wa real estate: Rev up your engines! Refinance Jumbo mortgages soon! - 03/13/08 06:46 PM
What anticipation and angst!Waiting for the next shoe to drop has been interesting.  First it was announced that changes were in the wind, but of course the had to be approved by both houses and signed into law by Presidential approval.  That was done.  Various announcements were made public and Conventional loan amounts were increased.  U.S. regulators removed limits on the combined $1.5 trillion mortgage portfolios of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, enabling the companies to increase financing for the slumping housing market.Who knew that all of this was going on in the background, who cared?  We just want to get … (0 comments)

seattle wa real estate: Investors? The time to strike may be upon us! - 10/21/07 02:59 AM
Now may be the best time to invest in the Seattle Washington real estate market! They say that there is a Chinese proverb where “problem” represents both opportunity as well as a bad situation.
Are you a real estate investor who wants more rentals, in better neighborhoods with a better quality tenant?Have you been waiting on the sidelines while property values have gone up 18% per year more recently in the neighborhood of 8-9%.Why real estate? Those of you who own a home know the answer- appreciation on a much larger asset value than your limited down payment.Tenants actually pay you … (0 comments)

seattle wa real estate: Part ONE....Mortgage Honesty - 10/20/07 04:40 AM
Let’s start our conversation by establishing a little credibility.
It’s scary, I am an entrepreneur with an MBA in Finance.
We have an intelligent team of professionals working at The Sound Team - Keller Williams. Read our articles, we are a full disclosure group. And visit our full disclosure website at RealtyAndAMortgage.com . Then fire your questions our way and become comfortable with us.
I got into the mortgage industry in 1988 doing hard money mortgages at a time when the only lenders were American General, Household Finance and the ilk. They were the only lenders in the field, besides … (0 comments)

seattle wa real estate: Let's baffle Borrowers with BS! - 10/19/07 01:27 AM
Lies, damned lies and statistics
Wake up any day, turn on the radio, TV or read a newspaper and there they are- hawkers of incredible mortgage opportunities! Everyone damning everyone else. Everyone offering a better mortgage than anyone else. Mortgages that have no costs! Unbelievably low interest rates on 30 year fixed rate mortgages, interest rates that go up almost immediately on your new FIXED RATE 30 year mortgage! And on and on and on. All with the highest degree of sincerity, or is it snake oil? Sometimes hard to tell. If it sounds too good to be true, it is.
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