Shopping for Washington State Home Loans
Choosing the right Washington State home loan is the first step of the mortgage shopping process and one of the most important financial decisions you will make.
Don’t fall into the trap of shopping for a mortgage based solely on the best rate – there’s a good chance that someone will sell you the rate you want, but you end up with the wrong type of mortgage which will cost you in the long run.
The primary factors you should consider when shopping for Washington State home loans are :
- How much money do you have available for a down payment?
- What is the maximum amount you can afford for your monthly mortgage payment?
- How long do you anticipate living in your home?
Your answers to these questions will help narrow down the best mortgage for you. Below you will find brief descriptions of the different Washington State home loans available. Click on the home loan program for a more detailed description and to learn the loan program most suited to you.
Washington State First Time Home Buyer Programs
First time home buyer programs are more myth than reality. “First time home buyer” is a term used more for marketing purposes than representing actual home loan programs. Instead certain standard Washington State home loan programs tend to be more suited for first-time home buyers than others.
Washington State Fixed Rate Mortgages
Fixed rate loans are the most common type of mortgage. A fixed rate mortgage by definition has a fixed interest rate and fixed monthly mortgage payment. Terms for Washington State home loans with a fixed rate are in increments of 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 and 40 years. Click to learn more about Washington State fixed rate mortgages.
Washington State Adjustable Rate Mortgages (ARMs)
Adjustable-rate mortgages, better known as “ARMs”, are Washington State home loans which exhibit features of both a fixed rate mortgage and a true adjustable rate mortgage. The interest rate and monthly mortgage payment for an adjustable-rate mortgage is fixed for a set number of years (typically 1, 3, 5, 7 or 10 years) and then adjusts annually thereafter according to a margin and index. Click to learn more about Washington State adjustable rate mortgages.
Washington State Jumbo Mortgages
Jumbo mortgages are defined by their loan amount. Any Washington State home loan with a loan amount greater than the conforming loan limit (currently $417,000 for a single-family residence or condo) is known as a “jumbo mortgage”. Conforming loan limits for conventional mortgages are published annually by the Federal Housing Finance Agency. Washington State jumbo mortgages are considered non-conforming loans and not eligible for purchase by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Click to learn more about Washington State jumbo mortgages.
Washington State Super Jumbo Mortgages
Super jumbo mortgages are simply very large jumbo mortgages which are generally defined by lenders as those with loan amounts $750,000 and greater. Similar to standard jumbo mortgages, Washington State super jumbo mortgages are not guaranteed by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac which only purchase mortgages with loan amounts of $417,000 or less. Click to learn more about Washington State super jumbo mortgages.
Washington State No Cost Refinance Home Loans
No Cost refinance home loans are exactly what the name implies…refinance loans that do not require the borrower to pay any closing fees. A true No Closing Cost refinance does not wrap the closing costs into the loan amount. Rather by accepting a slightly higher mortgage rate (usually 0.125% – 0.250% higher for fixed rate loans), the mortgage company generates the income necessary to pay the closing costs on your behalf. Click to learn more about Washington State No Cost refinance home loans.
Washington State FHA Loans
FHA loans are government loans insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). FHA loans are funded by FHA-approved lenders, not the FHA itself which only provides the mortgage insurance for these loans. FHA loans feature low down payments (3.5% of sales price), more lenient underwriting guidelines, lower monthly mortgage insurance premiums (MIP) than conventional loans and generally do not penalize Washington State home loan borrowers for their credit score with higher mortgage rates. Click to learn more about Washington State FHA loans.
Washington State Renovation Loans
Renovations loans allow the costs for repairs and improvements to be included in the loan amount. Renovation loans offer the ability to rehabilitate a home that may be in need of repair that otherwise would not qualify for financing with other Washington State home loan programs.
Washington State USDA Rural Development Loans
USDA Rural Development loans are government loans guaranteed by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to promote single-family home ownership in designated rural areas (which actually cover more towns and cities than you would think). USDA Rural Development loans allow for no down payment (100% financing) with no mortgage insurance! Income limits do apply though as this Washington State home loan program is meant to serve low to moderate income families.
Washington State VA Loans
VA loans are government loans guaranteed by the Veterans Administration for veterans and active duty service members . VA loans also feature 100% financing (no down payment required) and no mortgage insurance!
Washington State Reverse Mortgages
Reverse mortgages are a special type of Washington State home loan reserved for homeowners 62 years and older which allow equity in their home to be converted into tax-free cash. Homeowners with a reverse mortgage can continue living in their own home yet do not have to make a monthly mortgage payment. Reverse mortgages are aptly named because the lender makes a payment to the homeowner – the reverse of all other Washington State home loan programs where the homeowner is required to make a monthly mortgage payment to the lender.