The best reasons to move to the Seattle area of Washington State include access to an outdoor enthusiast’s dream, a booming job market, no state income tax and, of course, a Starbucks every time you turn a corner. Contrary to the old wives’ tale, Seattle is not the rainiest state in the nation, as the climate here is actually quite temperate. Hawaii and Louisiana both beat the Seattle area for annual rainfall.
Overall, the Seattle area offers something for everyone and the people who call this area home are usually very happy that they do! If you have been thinking about moving to the Northwest, we have some online resources to share that can help you make the most informed decision.
The Washington State Housing Finance Commission offers free seminars on home buying where you can learn all about the experience as well as info on loan programs and down payment assistance.
The DFI (Washington State Department of Financial Institutions) has made available an online guide that can help you become more familiar with the mortgage process. They also have made available a free guide to the home loan process.
The Washington Homeownership Resource Center also has information and resources available to help low to moderate income families buy homes in Washington State.
The City of Seattle’s Office of Housing has a helpful website that can guide you through the process of determining eligibility for Homebuyer Assistance Programs.
It is very important that you know who you are working with when you start the home buying process. This is a time when a licensed professional will be your best bet in finding someone to work for your best interests as their priority.
Check with the Department of Financial Institutions at 1.877.RING DFI when verifying a Mortgage Broker’s license. You can also contact them with questions about lenders. To verify the license of your Real Estate company call the Department of Licensing at 360.664.6505.
Sammamish Mortgage can also be a great source of valuable information when you are ready to start the home buying process. Please contact us if we can answer any questions. We look forward to welcoming you to the neighborhood!