Mortgage Center

SMCU's Mortgage Experts Have the Answers You Need

Seattle Metropolitan Credit Union is a full-service mortgage lender. Our specially trained mortgage experts have years of experience working with borrowers to find the right loan. Because SMCU is a not-for-profit financial cooperative, our primary goal is helping our members get the best mortgage for them. We make sure that you'll be able to afford your mortgage now and for years to come.

Even if you have less-than-perfect credit, SMCU may have a program that could save you money every month or get you into your next home.

Whether you need a mortgage to buy a new home or you are looking to refinance your existing loan, SMCU has what you need. In either case, our low rates and fees will help save you money over other lenders.

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Seattle Metropolitan Mortgages

A Mortgage for Every Borrower

Because every borrower is unique, SMCU offers a variety of mortgage options. From fixed-rate loans to first-time homebuyer programs, SMCU has the home loan you need. Our portfolio of low-rate mortgage products includes:

  • Fixed-Rate Mortgages - 10, 15, 20 and 30-year
  • Adjustable Rate Mortgages (ARMs) - 3/1, 5/1, and 7/1 ARMs
  • Jumbo Mortgages (Over $417,000)
  • Construction Loans and Undeveloped-Land Loans
  • VA Loans
  • First-Time Homebuyer Loans
  • Fixed-Rate No Fee Refinances


Call our mortgage experts at (206) 398-5888 or email mortgage@smcu.com to see which program is best for you. Or, click the button below to apply online.


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SMCU’s Low Rates and Fees Can Save Thousands of Dollars

Save with Low Rates and Fees

As a co-op, SMCU strives to provide the best rates possible for all of our mortgage products. That means you could save thousands of dollars over the life of your mortgage by choosing Seattle Metropolitan Credit Union versus another lender. Compare SMCU’s rates, fees, and closing costs with other lenders to see how much you could save.

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Apply Online for a Quick Decision

When you are ready to apply for a home loan, you can do it online and get an answer fast, often within just a few hours. If you start the application and need to get more information to answer one of the questions, you can save the application and come back later to complete it.


Once you have completed the application and approval process, you have the option to go to any of our branch locations to sign your documents. We will bring your loan papers and a specially-trained lending professional to whichever location is most convenient for you and have you on your way as quickly as possible.

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Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs

  • See Membership Drive Details

    How to get started:

    You could tell your friends about Feel Good Checking™ and the support it gives to seven fantastic local non-profits, as well as the great dividend rate it pays on the first $500. You could talk to them about SMCU's great auto loan rates and easy online applications. As an added incentive, you could explain how once they join SMCU, they'll be eligible to get referral bonuses too.

     

    When a new referral is ready to join, remind them to tell us that you referred them. If they sign up online, have them put your name in the Promo Code box on the membership application.

     

    What is a qualified referral?

    A qualified referral is any new member who:

    1. 1. Opens an SMCU membership2,
    2. 2. Tells us that you are the one who referred them,
    3. 3. Is at least 18 years old,
    4. 4. Has never been an SMCU member, and
    5. 5. Who, at the time they open their membership either:
    • • Opens an SMCU checking account, or
    • • Applies and is approved for an SMCU loan (not including real-estate or share-secured loans).

    1 See official rules for complete details.
    2 New members must meet SMCU eligibility requirements. See smcu.com/refer for complete details about the Member Referral Program.

  • What is escrow?

    In many cases the lender who holds your mortgage loan will be responsible for making sure that your property taxes and property insurance premiums are paid in a timely fashion. To do that, your lender will collect a certain amount above your designated monthly principal and interest payments and hold it in an account, called an escrow account. Sometimes you will see this amount listed with your regular payment as “T&I” When your tax or insurance payments come due, the lender will pay them from this escrow account.

    Because taxes and insurance can change from year to year, the amount you pay each month can change as well. Each year your lender will provide you with a statement showing how much they’ve paid for taxes and insurance on your behalf and what they expect to pay in the current year.

    You may be eligible to pay these items yourself, which would remove any escrow payment from your monthly payment.

  • What paperwork do I need to include with my mortgage application?

    Your mortgage expert will be able to tell you specific documents you will need, but these documents are commonly requested:

    • Tax returns or other proof of income, including documentation of any supplemental income you receive from sources other than your primary employment, such as rental or investment income.

    • Recent bank and/or brokerage statements. This may also include paperwork for your retirement assets

    • A list of your recent addresses, usually two years’ worth.

    • The purchase or sales agreement if you have already made an offer on a home or condo.

  • How long will it take to fund my mortgage loan?

    SMCU strives to have all approved mortgage loans funded within 30 days of approval. However, between approval and funding there are a number of things that need to happen, including:

    • Verification of income and other application data
    • Appraisal of the property and dwelling
    • Review of the title records associated with the property
    • Creation of the loan documents

    Some of these steps happen quickly, but others can be subject to scheduling concerns and the volume of loans in process. Your mortgage expert will be able to give you a more concrete timeline as you move through the process.

  • What is an adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM)?

    An ARM is a mortgage loan that has an interest rate that can change periodically during the life of the loan. Most ARMs are subject to change only once per year. Some can have a fixed interest rate for a specified number of years at the beginning of the loan and then change annually after that. For example a 3/1 ARM has a fixed rate for the first three years of the loan and then can change once a year after that.

    Your loan documentation will specify how often your rate can change as well as the minimum and maximum amount it can change each period and how much it can change over the life of the loan.

    When the rate on an ARM changes, the payment will change. That’s why your SMCU mortgage expert will be sure that you can afford your loan at the initial rate as well as at the maximum rate. The last thing you want is to have your payment increase beyond what you can afford to pay. SMCU is dedicated to making sure that our members don’t find themselves in this situation.

  • What is a mortgage?

    A mortgage is a loan secured by your home. Mortgages can be used to purchase homes and property, to refinance an existing home loan, and in some cases to provide cash or pay off other debt.

  • What are points?

    Points are fees you pay to a lender when you fund your mortgage in exchange for a lower interest rate. SMCU offers programs with points and without points. Talk to your mortgage expert to determine whether paying points makes sense for you.

  • How long does it take to get a mortgage application approved?

    The approval process is dependent on the number of applications received, but usually only takes a couple of days, once we receive a completed application.

  • How much money do I need for a down payment?

    Down payment requirements will vary based on the mortgage program you are interested in and your individual financial situation. Talk to your SMCU mortgage expert for information specific to you and your loan.

  • Will SMCU Sell My Mortgage?

    SMCU does sell some of our mortgage loans on the secondary market. However, unlike some lenders, we always retain the servicing of the loan. That means that when you make your monthly payment or have questions about your home loan, you can always deal with a helpful, friendly SMCU representative.

DISCLOSURES


Mortgage Disclosures


1
Rates are expressed as Annual Percentage Rate (APR). APR reflects any prepaid finance charges and are subject to change without notice. Rates and financing are offered based on applicant's credit qualifications and other underwriting criteria. Rates quoted include a free 30-day rate lock, represent a loan amount of $225,000, maximum of 80% LTV, require excellent credit, and are applicable only to loan amounts less than $417,000.

2 Rate quoted requires excellent credit. Maximum 70% loan to value. The credit union covers all loan fees including the cost of an appraisal is required. Verification of income required. Subject to SMCU lending policies and procedures.


3.50% APY (Annual Percentage Yield) 30-year fixed at 3.594% APR. (Example: $225,000 loan amount, rate/term refinance, under 80% loan-to-value with excellent credit. Estimated principal and interest payment of $1,010.35.) Rate as of 04/22/13 and subject to change. Applicable only to loan amounts less than $417,000. 30-year fixed rate mortgages come with a maximum of 80% LTV. Loans are subject to credit approval and other underwriting criteria. Certain restrictions apply. Actual savings from refinance will vary. Home Loan programs, rates, terms, and conditions subject to change without notice.


*SMCU will close your home-purchase transaction within 21 days or we will reduce your closing costs by $500. The 21-day closing guarantee is only available on purchase money transactions subject to the following terms and conditions:· Available on conventional loan programs only (FHA, VA, USDA, construction, land, and Floating Homes excluded). All loans subject to credit approval.· The 21-day period begins on the first business day after SMCU receives your complete mortgage loan application and you comply with all application requirements. SMCU, in its sole discretion, will determine whether an application is complete based on the satisfactory completion of the application form and information requested by SMCU to process your application. · You must be eligible for membership and have or open an account within 48 hours of application. · All supporting documentation requested by SMCU and the $500 application deposit must be received within 48 hours of request. · Your loan program must be selected and interest rate must be locked 10 business days prior to closing. · Underwriting conditions of approval, including homeowner's insurance information must be received at least 10 business days prior to closing date. · Appraisal appointment must be scheduled within 48 hours of initial contact by appraiser. · Property must appraise in “as-is” condition and at or above the purchase price. · Delays outside of SMCU’s control such as inclement weather, inspection/appraisal issues, and re-negotiations or other delays initiated by either the buyer or seller disqualify the transaction from the 21-day guarantee. · Your closing agent must schedule a signing appointment within 24 hours from the time they receive the closing documents from SMCU. · If SMCU does not close your loan within 21 days, and all of the above requirements have been met, your closing costs will be reduced by $500. Terms and conditions subject to change without notice.

Rates

 

Auto Loans as low as*

 

1.49%APR

Certificates as high as*

 

1.00%APY

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6.14%APY

Credit Cards as low as*

 

6.99%APR