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August 7, 2018 • Stay Connected!

The Washington REALTORS® building is complete and staff will be relocating back to 504 14th Avenue SE, Olympia, WA 98501. Our office will be closed and our phone system will be down between Friday, August 10th at noon and Monday August 13th. We will reopen on Tuesday, August 14th at 8:30AM and phone service should be restored by then as well. We will do everything in our power to minimize impact to our members during the move and if you need immediate assistance, you can submit a contact form through our website at Staff will respond as soon as they are able. Thank you for your patience! 

QUESTION:  We have a closing scheduled for today. On Saturday we issued a notice of low appraisal. Seller is not responding to the notice. The seller’s agent wants us to switch lenders and won’t talk to the seller about the notice until we agree to switch lenders. What do we need to do to protect earnest money given the expiration of the notice has not come yet, but tonight we will be out of contract?

ANSWER:  Listing broker has a duty to timely present all offers and other written communications from buyer to seller. Listing broker has no authority to withhold this communication from seller and doing so may constitute a violation of the Agency Law. Buyer broker and buyer should insure that buyer has taken all steps necessary to insure buyer's compliance with the Financing Contingency. Buyer should be sure to obtain a letter form buyer's original lender, as required by Form 22A, paragraph 5. The letter must show that buyer made loan application within five days of mutual acceptance, that buyer had sufficient funds to close the transaction, had the loan been issued and the reason the loan was declined. Buyer should review Form 22A, paragraph 5, to insure that the letter meets all requirements for buyer to recover buyer's EM. With that, buyer is not required to demand return of the EM prior to closing or even notify seller of the sale fail, prior to closing. If buyer wants to entertain listing broker's idea of making loan application with another lender, this will give buyer time to make and execute that decision. If buyer chooses to extend the closing date and keep the financing contingency in place (buyer must be certain not to waive the financing contingency), while making a new loan application with seller's preferred lender, buyer can do that but has no obligation to do so. Protection of buyer's EM, at this point, depends upon buyer obtaining the Form 22A, paragraph 5 letter from buyer's original lender. The letter can be provided to seller once it becomes clear that buyer will not ever close the transaction and wants to recover EM.


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Primary Mortgage Rates Survey
(updated every Thursday)  Source:  Freddie Mac
 August 2, 2018       30-yr FRM  15-Yr FRM  5/1-Yr ARM
 Average Rates  4.60%  4.08%  3.93%
 Fees & Points  0.4
 Margin  N/A  N/A  2.76

 July 26, 2018       30-yr FRM  15-Yr FRM  5/1-Yr ARM
 Average Rates  4.54%  4.02%  3.87%
 Fees & Points  0.5
 Margin  N/A  N/A  2.76

 July 19, 2018       30-yr FRM  15-Yr FRM  5/1-Yr ARM
 Average Rates  4.52%  4.00%  3.87%
 Fees & Points  0.4
 Margin  N/A  N/A  2.76

 July 12, 2018       30-yr FRM  15-Yr FRM  5/1-Yr ARM
 Average Rates  4.53%  4.02%  3.86%
 Fees & Points  0.4
 Margin  N/A  N/A  2.76

Date Class Location CE  
16-AUG  The Hotline Vs. The Bottom Line Spokane 7.5 More info...
16-AUG  NAR Code of Ethics Webinar Live Webinar 3.0 More info...
23-AUG  CORE & More Longview 7.5 More info...
28-AUG  Current Issues in WA Res RE Wenatchee 3.0 More info...
29-AUG  To Disclose or Not to Disclose Yakima 4.0 More info...
29-AUG  Don't Get Whacked by the WACs Yakima 3.5 More info...
29-AUG  NAR Code of Ethics Bellingham 3.0 More info...
30-AUG  The Hotline Vs. The Bottom Line Walla Walla 7.5 More info...
06-SEP  NAR Code of Ethics Webinar Live Webinar 3.0 More info...
13-SEP  Financing Solutions to Close the Deal (CRS) Chelan   More info...
13-SEP  2018 Fall Business Symposium SeaTac 7.5 More info...
14-SEP  The Hotline Vs. The Bottom Line Gig Harbor 7.5 More info...
17-SEP  Principled Negotiations Olympia 7.5 More info...
20-SEP  Agency Law & CORE Vancouver 7.5 More info...
20-SEP  NAR Code of Ethics Webinar Live Webinar 3.0 More info...
20-SEP  Real Estate Safety Matters Olympia 3.5 More info...
21-SEP  The Hotline Vs. The Bottom Line Vancouver 7.5 More info...
02-OCT NAR Code of Ethics Olympia 3.0 More info...
04-OCT Tech Edge SeaTac   More info...
18-OCT  NAR Code of Ethics Webinar Live Webinar 3.0 More info...
24-OCT  NAR Code of Ethics Puyallup 3.0 More info...
25-OCT  NAR Code of Ethics Webinar Live Webinar 3.0 More info...
15-NOV  NAR Code of Ethics AM Olympia 3.0
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NAR Code of Ethics PM
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16-NOV Water Rights & Water Supply Issues Kennewick 3.5 More info...

More Classes →

Jackie Leavenworth is back! Join Washington REALTORS® at the Fall Business Symposium on September 13th for a full day including three engaging sessions taught by Jackie. We'll be back at the SeaTac Conference Center at the Airport for this one 7.5 CE, parking, and lunch are included. Register today!
Washington REALTORS® will host COE Webinars starting in August to assist members with completing the mandatory training. Don't wait until the last minute, though! These webinars are capped and they fill up fast...