Loan Types

Maximum FHA loan amounts for Portland Oregon (and the rest of Oregon)

Everything keeps on changing in the mortgage-verse (that’s a thing right?- like mortgage + universe = mortgageverse?).  One major change that will effect our market is the recent/pending REDUCTION of the maximum allowed FHA mortgage loan amount.  These loan amounts are subject to change every year, but we’ve been lulled into the idea the $417k …

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Low Rates and the Return of Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI)

Its happening again.  Rates are tumbling and tumbling more.  I read recently that avoiding closing costs in a declining rate environment is a wise approach and I completely agree.  By avoiding closing costs two things happen: 1. The net benefit of the improved cash flow is immediately realized, and 2. You are in a position …

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Is it Possible to Buy Real Estate with Less Than 20% Down?

A realtor colleague of mine was recently relating his shock to me about how often he is talking to renters who aren’t considering buying real estate because they are under the impression that a purchase requires a 20% down payment.  This idea couldn’t be further from the truth, and this message is sadly often relayed …

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