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Mortgage Forbearance Explained

mortgage forbearance explained


What is mortgage forbearance? The CARES Act of March 28, 2020 included an allowance that those with government loans could suspend mortgage payments for up to 1 year.

I asked my good friends Jim and Stacy Brebner to explain mortgage forbearance more in-depth. When is a good time to take advantage of it? With rates so low, you may want to refinance – but will it be possible if you have already started the forbearance process? Read more

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Buying a Home? Let’s Talk Real Estate Financing!

Real estate financing options for buying a home

Are you ready to purchase a home? Have you considered creative real estate financing? Don’t worry — it’s not illegal! But there are some terrific personal finance hacks for homebuyers. Read more

Home buying mistakes to avoid

Home Buying Mistakes – And How to Avoid Them

Jim and Stacey Brebner with HomeSeed help people get loans for buying homes.  They were kind enough to talk to me about the most common home buying mistakes people make – and how they can be avoided.

So what are the mistakes buyers make when they’re purchasing a home with regards to their credit?

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How to Choose a Realtor (in Seattle)

How to choose a realtor


So you live in Seattle (or anywhere else in the country) and are looking for help in selling your house. But – how to choose a realtor? 

Picking someone who is right for you is of the utmost importance. Whether you’re buying your first home or selling your 10th home – trust and communication are crucial when choosing which agent should represent you. The transaction should be transparent and your agent should provide a clear process for buying or selling your home. Read more

Home buying mistakes to avoid

5 Tips for Making an Offer on a House in a Hot Market


Steady demand. Limited supply. That’s what we are seeing in real estate markets across the country right now. Inventory is particularly tight within the lower price ranges. “The starter house is nearly missing in some markets,” according to Jessica Lautz, managing director of survey research and communication for the National Association of Realtors. So here are some tips for making an offer on a house in a hot real estate market. Read more

Tips For an Easy Moving Day

Tips for an easy moving day

Your family has finally settled on a home, and now you are ready to make the next big leap in your life. Moving is a time of great excitement but can also be filled with stress and high anxiety. You don’t want to leave anything behind, and you don’t want to be caught up in limbo as you transition from your old home to your new one.

Here are three tips for an easy moving day – so things can go as smoothly as possible and you can start adjusting to your new digs sooner. Read more

New Home Buyer Guide

Getting a Home Inspection? What to Expect

home inspection - what to expect

Buying a house?  Then you’ll want to get a home inspection. Here’s what to expect. Read more

Credit Score Myths

credit score myths


We’ve all heard of them – the credit score myths that pop up just when you’re getting ready to apply for a home loan.

Why is it important to care about your credit score? Lenders use credit scores to evaluate how likely you are to repay a loan in a timely manner. The higher your credit score, the better you look as a borrower to potential lenders.

Here are the most common credit score myths I hear from prospective buyers: Read more

best time to buy a home in seattle

Is Fall the Best Time to Buy a Home in Seattle?

best time to buy a home in seattle

Fall may be notorious for a slowdown in the housing market. But for home buyers in Seattle, that shouldn’t mean early hibernation. Au contraire – for home shoppers, Fall is likely the best time to buy a home in Seattle. Here are 4 reasons why. Read more

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Best Flooring for Pets

best flooring for pets

With the great outdoors and lots of ways to be active within easy reach, Seattle tends to be a really pet-friendly city. If you’re looking to buy a house in the Greater Seattle area, and you have a furry companion, it’s a good idea to take them into consideration while shopping. One of the big things to specifically look for: the best flooring for pets.  Read more