At Sammamish Mortgage, we take consumer education seriously. That’s why we work so hard to produce helpful, high-quality content for home buyers and mortgage shoppers. This page is a compilation of our most useful reports and guides for Seattle home buyers.
Housing Market Updates for 2017
Seattle Is a Seller’s Market in 2017
This is one of our most important guides for Seattle home buyers. It will help you enter the real estate market with the right mindset. Due to the current supply and demand situation, in 2017, the local housing market tends to favor sellers. But you can still succeed when buying a home!
Three Housing Market Trends in 2017
Double-digit price gains during 2016 have reduced affordability for Seattle home buyers in 2017, and additional gains are expected this year. Limited inventory will keep things competitive. Learn more in this helpful market guide for Seattle home buyers.
Most Affordable Cities Near Seattle
The local real estate market is very competitive right now, with home prices that exceed the budgets of some buyers. Not to worry. There are some more affordable cities in the area, and they’re ideal for those who want to live near Seattle but for less money.
Home Prices Expected to Rise in 2017
House values across the metro area rose sharply during 2016. They are expected to continue rising throughout 2017, though probably at a slower pace than last year. So say the experts at Zillow and the Urban Land Institute.
Is Now a Good Time to Buy?
Is it a good time to buy a house in Seattle? What is the market like right now, and what might the future hold? These are frequently asked questions among home buyers, and we’ve created a helpful guide that answers them in detail.
Mortgage Loan Guides for Seattle Home Buyers
Home Loan Options in Washington
Do you have questions about the different types of mortgage loans that are available to Seattle home buyers in 2017. This informative, up-to-date guide is a great place to begin your research. It explains the key features of popular financing options.
Best Mortgage for First-Time Buyers
As a home buyer, you have your own unique financial situation and long-term goals. So you want to choose a type of mortgage loan that supports those goals. This guide explains some of the best mortgage options for first-time buyers in Washington State.
Mortgage Requirements at a Glance
What does it take to qualify for a home loan these days? This is another common question among Seattle home buyers, and this guide will bring you up to speed. It covers some of the basic requirements for credit scores, down payments, and more.
Loan Limits in Washington State
FHA, VA and conventional mortgage loans have maximum size limits. They are based on median home prices, which means they can vary from one county to the next. We’ve created a loan limit guide for Seattle home buyers, and it’s fully updated for 2017.
Seattle FHA Loan Guide
Federal Housing Administration (FHA) loans have long been a popular financing option among borrowers. They’re especially popular among first-time buyers with limited funds, due to the 3.5% down payment. Our FHA guide explains how this unique program works.
Washington State Jumbo Loans
By definition, a “jumbo” mortgage is a conventional home loan that exceeds the maximum size limits used by Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae. These conforming loan limits vary from one county to the next. The limits are higher in more expensive markets, like the Seattle metro area.
Washington VA Loan Eligibility
If you’re a home buyer, and a military member or veteran, you should seriously consider using the VA loan program. It offers 100% financing, which eliminates the need for a down payment. This Seattle buyer’s guide explains the VA program in more detail.
A Home Buyer’s Guide to PMI
If you take out a loan for more than 80% of the home’s value, you might have to pay for private mortgage insurance (PMI). But there are ways to avoid PMI. This helpful guide explains what this insurance is, and why some Seattle homeowners have to pay it.