FHA: Foreclosure One Year Ago? No Problem!

I received tips from two different people in the last few days about a recent change in FHA underwriting standards announced in a letter titled “Back to Work – Extenuating Circumstances” Quoting from the letter: As a result of the recent recession many borrowers who experienced unemployment or other severe reductions in income, were unable […]

Reader Question: Is FHA financing a seller repellent?

A reader emailed me with the following question: My girlfriend and I put an offer on a house last week. The house was listed in the upper $500k range, and we offered $25k under asking with $10k in closing costs to be paid by the seller. We had 1% in earnest money included in the […]

What’s Behind Rising FHA Defaults?

Note from The Tim: Jillayne Schlicke has been a valued member of the Seattle Bubble community for quite some time, and I’m happy to welcome her as a guest poster. Jillayne has many years experience in the lending industry and offers some great insights. She currently provides continuing education for real estate professionals through her […]

Foreclosures, FHA, Commercial, & Countrywide

Here are a few recent stories that have been covered elsewhere and are worth at least mentioning here. Latest foreclosure statistics: Seattle P-I, Foreclosures in Seattle higher, but much lower than nation’s The Seattle area had about twice as many foreclosures in May as it did a year earlier but continued to have a far […]