Sr Mortgage Professional
Whether you are a first time homebuyer, a veteran in need of a VA loan, have questions about refinances, or just need a mortgage calculator, don't let a robot give you vague answers. Call Sofia, a mortgage professional who cares, for personalized service!
Sofia helps homebuyers finance their dream home, and homeowners make smart decisions to get the most out of their mortgage. Her business is built 100% by referral which affords her more time to work for her clients and spend less time prospecting. She will answer your questions honestly, educate you on the lending process, and let you make your own financial decisions in your best interest. Sofia is an advocate for her clients and prides herself on a level of communication that can be counted on.
Sofia was born and raised in Snohomish County and currently makes her home in Woodinville with her husband, Andy and daughters Angelina and Anika. When she’s not taking care of her clients, Sofia is dedicated to her family, and passionate about serving others. Sofia spends a lot of time with her extended family who live in the area, including her four nieces and nephews. When she has personal time, Sofia can often be found immersed in music- singing and playing piano. Sofia also enjoys biblical studies, reading, cooking and baking, hiking, traveling, and watching the Seahawks!
Sofia can always be reached on her cell phone 425.208.2241, or at our Sydney Plaza office number, 425.357.1044. Sofia is also very responsive via email and you can email her at your convenience: Sofia@CFundingMortgage.com.
Clients can also submit a no-obligation online application to Sofia by visiting this website’s home page and clicking the “apply now” button. Sofia typically responds to clients within 24 hours and is flexible in her communication- via telephone, email or in person. Sofia prefers to meet with her clients in person to conduct consultations and prepare for new loan transactions so there is an opportunity to get to know each other and meet your lender face-to-face. Clients will not only experience the highest level of service when conducting their transaction with Sofia, they will make a friend dedicated to them and their mortgage needs. Given the opportunity, Sofia will be your Mortgage Consultant for life.
Investing In My Community:
Sofia has a heart for kids and enjoys volunteering in the classroom at her daughters' elementary school where she especially enjoys working on reading and writing skills with the kids. Sofia also wears a few hats at her church where she serves in the areas she loves most: music and kids. Sofia is passionate about ministering through worship music and delights in serving on worship team.
Sofia can also be found in the K-2 room during Sunday school, where she co-teaches the children bible stories and shares the love of Jesus. Sofia also supports Seattle Union Gospel Mission, Operation Christmas Child (a division of Samaritan's Purse which ships shoe boxes full of gifts and necessities to children in the most underdeveloped places in the world), and other Samaritan's Purse projects- ranging from hurricane relief efforts to medical and spiritual needs for those in war-torn Northern Iraq.
Sofia- I just wanted to say thank you very much for doing the refinance for me, and Sherri, and Kaylina. You have made my life so much easier! You are always appreciated and we look forward to doing business with you in the future.
Sofia- Thank you so much for everything! You made the process of buying our home so simple. J As always, we will highly recommend you!
Thank you Gabrielle, Sofia, and everyone else for all of your hard work. You went above and beyond and we really appreciate it. We will always come to you guys in the future, and we'll make sure our friends do, too.
You took what for me had been a frustrating experience, gave me a better option, and then helped make it happen painlessly, and efficiently. I'm so happy with how this process worked, and will definitely continue to pass your name along to anyone I hear of that is looking for a mortgage/refi. J
My husband and I have used Sofia on two occasions. Once when we bought our first house and then again when we refinanced and is amazing! She was always available to us whenever we had questions and would explain everything in terms we could understand. She was always very thorough and organized smile emoticon:) Thank you Sofia for making things so easy for us!!
Sofia is incredible. I tend to be a more anxious person when it comes to new things/situations I'm unsure about. My husband and I have used Sofia three times now. She helped us with our original loan, we refinanced a few years later and just did a cash out refi at the end of 2016. Sofia is honest, thoughtful and thorough. She explained everything we needed to know about all the details without bogging us down or making me feel insanely overwhelmed (which happens often). She ...followed alongside us- not making us feel pressured to lock in a rate immediately but gave her opinion of when she thought was a good time. She locked us in at 3.5% right before rates went to above 4%. Thank you Sofia for all the time and energy you put into your work and for helping us through so many questions/concerns. I adore Sofia and would refer her to anyone I know who needs help with their mortgage needs!
5 Simple Steps to Loan ClosingMarch 12
After the home you want to purchase is under contract, or you’ve decided to move forward with a refinance, what happens to your loan? I’ve broken the loan process out into 5 simple steps to loan closing. I aim to take the guesswork out of what happens to your loan application when you’re ready to proceed.
5 Simple Steps to Loan Closing
- Initial Disclosure Signing: I prepare and have you sign everything I must disclose to you in order to start the loan process. This does not obligate you to accept the loan. We can lock in your interest rate at this time, or wait until a more favorable time. I also collect the documents needed from you to process the loan at this time.
- Prepare for Underwriting: Your loan processor works with me to move your loan through the loan process. S/he will review your loan to check for any missing items we need to request. The processor also orders the appraisal, verification of employment, tax transcripts, and other required items for underwriting.
- Initial Underwriting Approval: The underwriter is the person who decides if your loan application meets the guidelines of the agency or investor of the loan. On a conventional loan, that’s Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac. On an FHA loan that’s the Federal Housing Administration, etc. If your application meets guidelines the underwriter will approve your loan with conditions. These are the additional items required to close your loan. Your loan processor or I will request them from you.
- Final Underwriting Approval: When we have your conditions, and the appraisal, back, we can submit for final underwriting approval. At this stage the underwriter says your loan is approved to close. This is also the stage where we must lock your interest rate in. Then we disclose a closing disclosure to you.
- Loan Closing: Three days after your closing disclosure goes out, your final loan documents can be signed. This is where you go into your escrow office to sign the ‘big stack’ of final documents, obligating you to the loan. Typically one day after you sign, we fund on the loan. This happens after a review by our funder to ensure everything required is in the loan file. Once we fund, or send the money for your loan to escrow, the deed of trust you signed will be sent to your county for recording. Once recorded, you own the home, or a new lender is on record if you refinanced.
If you have questions about the loan process you can ask me at any time! Quick and clear communication is one of the cornerstones of my business. Watch below for more!
Three Important Truths About Interest RatesMarch 5
One question clients always want the answer to is “what’s my interest rate?” The answer to that depends on a variety of factors. To help you understand how interest rates work, my latest Mortgage ABC’s video features three important truths about interest rates.
Three Important Truths about Interest Rates
1. Interest rates quoted on the internet do not necessarily reflect “today’s rate” for your loan scenario. They also do not typically disclose the cost for the interest rate advertised, which is often times exorbitant.
2. Interest rates change daily. The interest rate you’re quoted any given day expires that day unless you lock in. Also, you must get lender quotes the same day to compare apples to apples.
3. There is more than one rate option daily. Lenders actually work off of a rate sheet and can offer multiple rate options depending on what you want to pay.
As always, I highly recommend shopping for your lender, instead of your interest rate. A lender that is looking our for your best interests will wait for an opportune time to lock your rate in, and will explain all your options so you can make an informed decision.
The Mortgage ABC’s: Closing CostsJanuary 2
In every transaction I get the question, “what are my closing costs?” First, it’s important to note, every transaction, be it a purchase or refinance, has closing costs. There are no loans without closing costs because there are many parties that work on your loan in order to provide the necessary requirements to close it. It’s a mortgage professional’s responsibility to disclose these costs to you, although many of the costs are from third parties. With that foundation, I’d like to share what I believe are the three most important facts about closing costs.
Three Important Facts About Closing Costs
- Closing costs and pre-paids are often lumped together, but there is a fundamental difference. Closing costs are services you pay for in conjunction with your loan, and pre-paid items are items you must pay at close that you would have paid regardless, such as property taxes, homeowner’s insurance, and pre-paid interest for your mortgage.
- On a purchase, closing costs and pre-paids can be paid by you, paid by your rate, or paid by the seller. Because you do not yet have equity, there is no option to roll closing costs into the loan. On a refinance, it is possible to roll closing costs into your loan, and even come to close with nothing out of pocket, provided you have the equity to do so.
- Some closing costs can change, some cannot. Lender fees and third party fees you cannot shop for, such as appraisal or credit report, cannot change. Other third party fees, such as title and escrow, can change within a 10% tolerance. Pre-paids are completely variable because they are based on the time you close. For example, if taxes are due the month after you close, those will be collected at closing, but if they were just paid, less taxes will be collected at closing.
Total closing costs and pre-paid items will vary from loan to loan based on a variety of factors. The important thing is you have a mortgage professional you can trust who disclose accurately from the beginning, review your costs and pre-paid items with you in detail, and be forthright and transparent when anything changes. My clients can always expect this of me. See below for more, and if you have questions about closing costs, don’t hesitate to contact me!
The Seattle Area Market: Latest TrendsDecember 20
Happy holidays to one and all! Before we end 2017, I’d like to provide an update on the local market based on what I’m seeing. We’ve had a bit of a rollercoaster ride this year in the Seattle area! Depending on what your next move might be, check out the following summary, and pertinent articles, to keep yourself in the know this holiday season.
Seattle Area Market Trends
- Buying: The market has evened out a bit so buyers have more of an edge. As you may have noticed this year, we have had a pretty big influx of newcomers to the Seattle area. Here’s an interesting article comparing Seattle to the other major west coast Tech Hub, San Francisco: Seattle Might Be the Next San Francisco, and inventory is still low. Overall, it may take a while to find what you’re looking for, but you can expect fewer bidding wars and more opportunity to get concessions from sellers. You shouldn’t have to worry about prices skyrocketing while you’re looking either.
- Selling: If you’re thinking of selling your home you can still expect to sell in a reasonably short period. Demand is still high if you are priced well. Always discuss with your professional realtor the best way to market the property. Don’t make the fatal mistake of pricing out of the market! Check out Zillow’s recent home price forecast for Seattle this next year Zillow’s Value Assessment for Seattle (5.6% growth as compared to 14.1% this past year).
- Refinancing: If you’re wondering if it makes sense for you, please call. Lowering the term of your loan, or getting cash out have been the most popular refinances this year. With the great increase in equity we’ve experienced, coupled with low interest rates, you couldn’t pick a better time. Call me if I can help you or someone you know. Your refinance analysis is always free!
The Mortgage ABC’s: RefinancesDecember 4
“Do you do refinances?” is a question many clients ask. Yes I do! What is a refinance? Refinance means, literally, to “finance again.” If you finance your home with a purchase loan, you replace it when you refinance. Below are the most common reasons to refinance.
The Most Common Refinances
- Lower the interest rate and monthly payment on the loan
- Remove mortgage insurance
- Lower the loan’s term in order to pay it off faster and reduce over interest
- Consolidate debt, or take cash out for home improvements
- Remove a borrower from the loan, such as in a divorce situation
Clients often time have the opportunity to accomplish several of these goals at once. I’ve had clients reduce their term, pay off debt, remove mortgage insurance, and lower their interest rate, all in one transaction! Contact me at any time if you’d like a free mortgage analysis of your current loan, or have general questions about a refinance!