Why is My Mortgage Payment Going Up?
June 28, 2018 by 2 Comments

If you live in the greater Seattle area, you may be receiving a notice from your mortgage servicer stating that they need to adjust your mortgage payment because of an “escrow shortage”.  We actually just received such notice from our mortgage servicer.

This is most likely do to the staggering increases many of us are seeing to real estate property taxes. Property taxes and home owners insurance are the two things that can change with your total mortgage payment. If you have an adjustable rate or interest only mortgage that is converting to principal, then your mortgage payment will change too.  However, many home owners in the greater Seattle – Bellevue – Tacoma – Everett areas with fixed rate mortgages are learning that their mortgage payments are going up…and for some it’s quite a bit higher.

Notices from the mortgage servicers are going out now as the first half of property taxes were paid from the escrow reserve account in late April. The larger amount due caused a shortage since the amount that is being collected in the monthly mortgage payment is not enough to cover the higher amount due. Mortgage services will give you options of how to make up the shortage, such as making a lump sum payment and/or increasing your monthly mortgage payment to make up for the taxes.

Part of the reason the taxes are so high is due to Washington State using home owners to resolve the McCleary case which funds public education. Combine this with higher assessed values and it’s a whopping surprise for many home owners when they receive their property tax bill and notice of escrow shortage from the mortgage company.

Mayor Durkan is hoping to pass another huge levy, in the amount of $600 million, attached to property taxes in the Seattle area to make community college free to those students who attended Seattle public high schools. She is excluding those who attended private schools (even though their parents paid for public schools with their property taxes). I have a difficult time believing the City’s math on how much this will impact the average home owner (and renter) when the numbers I’m hearing of what people are actually seeing in their tax bill and what was originally warned (17% average increase in King County) are pretty far apart. Our property taxes jumped 27.2% in one year! Some of my neighbors are seeing even higher increases. It’s really concerning to me as someone who qualifies people to buy a home. Increases this significant are enough to cause some to not be able to afford their home which can be very dicey when we are living in a region that is battling having affordable housing. It also puts those who are eyeing retirement with plans of enjoying their golden years in a tricky situation (unless they qualify for a reverse mortgage to pay for their taxes). In my opinion, we desperately need to have a cap limiting how much property taxes can increase in a year.

206 Cojín de de deslizamiento Roosevelt Shearling de B01GIQM3U4 de mujer Collective Grey Suede 09412d3

By the way, this doesn’t just impact home owners. If you are renting a home in the greater Seattle/King County area – don’t be surprised if your rent is increased to cover this hard cost. Actually, if you’re renting almost anywhere in Washington state and your landlord has been hit with a higher tax bill – you will most likely be feeling a pinch to your pocket book too. I have friends in Thurston County who tell me their property taxes shot up 47% in one year!

Are you considering buying or refinancing your home in Washington state? I’m happy to help you. Click here for a detailed rate quote or here to get prequalified for a mortgage.

Filed Under: Politics, Rant, Real Estate Tagged With:
USDA Maps Updated
Skechers BOBS de Women s Keepsakes High Slip On Slipper Chocolate , Skechers BOBS de Women s Keepsakes High Slip On Slipper Negro , Skechers BOBS de Women s Keepsakes High Slip On Slipper Negro Skechers BOBS de Women s Keepsakes High Slip On Slipper Negro , Skechers BOBS de Women s Keepsakes High Slip On Slipper Chocolate , Zapatilla Oh Ewe II de mujer Acorn Nuez Zapatilla Oh Ewe II de mujer Acorn Grano de café Zapatilla Oh Ewe II de mujer Acorn Grano de café Zapatilla Oh Ewe II de mujer Acorn Grano de café Zapatilla Oh Ewe II de mujer Acorn Grano de café Zapatilla Oh Ewe II de mujer Acorn Carbón Zapatilla Oh Ewe II de mujer Acorn Nuez , Zapatilla Oh Ewe II de mujer Acorn Nuez , Zapatilla Oh Ewe II de mujer Acorn Carbón , Zapatillas FitFlop de mujer Loaff Snug Pom Slipper Ciruela profunda , Zapatillas FitFlop de mujer Loaff Snug Pom Slipper Ciruela profunda , Zapatillas FitFlop de mujer Loaff Snug Pom Slipper Ciruela profunda , Zapatillas FitFlop de mujer Loaff Snug Pom Slipper Ciruela profunda Zapatillas FitFlop de mujer Loaff Snug Pom Slipper Ciruela profunda , Botin de pantorrilla de Chinchilla de mujer Acorn Crackleberry Zapatilla de deslizamiento Loki para mujer BEARPAW Nuez dura Zapatilla de deslizamiento Loki para mujer BEARPAW Nuez dura Zapatilla de deslizamiento Loki para mujer BEARPAW Nuez dura , Zapatilla de deslizamiento Loki para mujer BEARPAW Nuez dura Zapatilla de piel de oveja desgastada 441169 de Old Friend Women Marron oscuro , Zapatilla de piel de oveja desgastada 441169 de Old Friend Women Lima , Zapatilla de piel de oveja desgastada 441169 de Old Friend Women Púrpura , Zapatilla de piel de oveja desgastada 441169 de Old Friend Women Lt Blue , Zapatilla de piel de oveja desgastada 441169 de Old Friend Women Marron oscuro
June 28, 2018 by Leave a Comment

Earlier this month, USDA updated the maps that determine if homes are eligible for USDA financing. USDA allows eligible home buyers to purchase a home with no down payment. In order the qualify, the borrowers must meet the income limit requirements and the property needs to be in a designated rural area.

Current eligible areas include areas like Enumclaw, Fall City and Vashon Island as well as parts of Black Diamond and parts of Duvall. The specific address really needs to be ran as homes directly across the street from each other may or may not be eligible. [Read more…]

Filed Under: USDA Tagged With:
The Beauty of a Bridge Loan
June 27, 2018 by Leave a Comment

I recently helped a couple successfully close on their new home in Seattle before having to close on their former home in Everett. By using a bridge loan to access equity on the Everett home, they were able to make a winning offer on the Seattle home without it having to be “subject to the sale” of their former home. This help to make their offer far more attractive in a very competitive real estate market. [Read more…]

Filed Under: Bridge Loans, Residential Purchase Tagged With: ,
Coming Soon: Freddie Mac’s HomeOne Mortgage Program
June 21, 2018 by Leave a Comment

Later next month, Freddie Mac will be offering a new program for first time home buyers. This mortgage program offers low down payment options without the income limit or geographic restrictions that Home Possible has.

HomeOne will be available for both purchases and rate-term refinances on single family dwellings. At least one borrower on the application must be a first time home buyer when the transaction is a purchase and home buyer education is required. [Read more…]

Filed Under: First Time Home Buyer, HomeOne, Refinance, Residential Purchase Tagged With: , ,
Possible Relief for Seattle – King County Home Buyers
June 15, 2018 by Leave a Comment

The Northwest Multiple Listing Service issued a press release indicating that we are finally seeing an increase in new listings being added to the market. The 14,524 new listings that came on during May, in the 23 counties that the NWMLS serves, are the most listings added in one month in 10 years. In King County, there were almost 1000 homes added to the market creating just over one month of inventory – the first time since September of last year. Here’s a link to the NWMLS market snapshot for May 2018. [Read more…]

Filed Under: Interest Rates, Residential Purchase Tagged With: , ,
Fed Increases Funds Rate by 0.25%
June 13, 2018 by Leave a Comment

As expected, the Fed increased the Funds rate by 0.25% moments ago.  The markets were anticipating this move by the Fed and, as I write this post, I’m not seeing any significant rate changes to mortgage interest rates. The rates were already “baked in the cake”. Had the Fed decided to increase rates beyond 0.25% or not to take action, we would potentially be being seeing a reaction with the bond market which would be reflected in mortgage interest rates. [Read more…]

Filed Under: The Fed - FOMC
Common Misconceptions about FHA and Conventional Mortgages
June 1, 2018 by Leave a Comment

I just received a newsletter from a local real estate agent which had an article about whether buyers should opt for a conventional or FHA loan. I’m pretty certain the real estate agent didn’t write the article, however the author, whoever they are, got a lot of things wrong regarding these two mortgage programs. Many of the items that were wrong are what I think are fairly common misconceptions with these two popular mortgage programs. So I thought this was a grand opportunity to write a post to correct them…I’ll skip the fine hairs 😉 [Read more…]

Filed Under: Fannie, Freddie and FHFA, FHA, First Time Home Buyer, Home Advantage Program, Home Possible, HomeReady, Rant Tagged With: , ,
Mortgage Rates Improved
May 31, 2018 by Leave a Comment

Freddie Mac’s Prime Mortgage Market Survey released today shows that mortgage rates improved based on average conforming rates last week.

[Read more…]

Filed Under: Interest Rates Tagged With: ,
Next Page »
About the Author

Rhonda Porter is a Licensed Mortgage Originator MLO121324 living in the greater Seattle area. Rhonda began her career in 1986 in the title and escrow industry and joined Mortgage Master Service Corporation as a Loan Officer in 2000 and began blogging in 2006. Read More…

Categories Saucony Women s Ride 10 zapatillas para correr Gray Berry Zapato para caminar Skechers Go Joy para mujer Negro Sandalias SAS para mujer, Nudu Slide Medianoche Zapatillas para correr Nike Women s Free Rn Flyknit 2017 Grand Purple / White-bright Mango-ciruela Niebla Skechers Performance Go Walk 4 Luxury para mujeres Blanco Skechers Zapatillas con cordones de espuma viscoelástica D Lites para mujer Gris blanco Sandalia Amara 2 de Carlos Santana para mujer de Carlos Esmeralda Zapatillas de ciclismo Smartodoors con suela de carbono o suela de tpu de nylon para carretera y MTB Blanco / Rojo B para carretera , Bomba de Angel II para mujeres estilo suave Elegancia marrón oscuro , Katy Perry Women s The Alanna Sandal Negro , Bota Saela de mujer UGG Sello Bota de media pantorrilla Georgia GB00161 Marron oscuro , Botas con cordones Wedopus MW719 para mujer con cordones de tacón alto Plataforma de encaje con cordones Nupcial Bombas Zapatos Blanco , Dr. Martens Women s 1461 Oxford El Flexx Women s Run Crazy Oxford Corda Nubuck , CLARKS Leisa Sadie Mule para mujeres Cuero negro Muñeca tejida de San Marcos para mujeres de SoftWalk rojo , Hush Puppies Womens Cesky Perf Oxford Rosa Claro Nubuck , SoftWalk Women s Mason Zueco Black Distress , Bota Ronan Bella Vita para mujer Grey Suede / Chestnut , Bota de nieve para mujer Helly Hansen Cordova, Negro / Ebony / Sperry Gum, 8 M ES Honey Wheat / Oak Buff / M Bota de invierno Bella Vita Romy II para mujer Súper Súper Negro Botín Jolie de LifeStride para mujer Negro , Bota de tobillo con tacón de cuña LifeStride Women s Noise, negro Gris oscuro , Bota de tobillo Abad de Cole Haan para mujer Tan británico , Bota de tobillo Ranger-102 para mujer Demonia Cuero vegano negro Zapatos de bailarina modernos Gabor Epworth para mujer Sello de la flor del río , Sandalias planas con punta Royale para mujer de UGG Esmalte azul Drew Shoe Women s Bloom II Cuero negro / Stretch Sandalia de cuña Easy Street Women s Delight Neopreno azul marino ,
Recent Comments
Archives

Rhonda has been helping people with their mortgage needs at Mortgage Master since April 2000. If you are buying or refinancing a home in WA, she's happy to help you! Mortgage Master Service Corporation's NMLS ID is #40445.

Subscribe to updates
Click here to receive updates via email when new articles are published at Mortgage Porter 206 Cojín de de deslizamiento Roosevelt Shearling de B01GIQM3U4 de mujer Collective Grey Suede 09412d3
Subscribe to this blog's feed
Mortgage Questions?
Stay Connected

Copyright © 2018 · Education Theme on Genesis Framework · WordPress · Log in