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Elda, Home Buyer in Seattle, WA

International Student wants to Purchase an Apartment in Seattle

Asked by Elda, Seattle, WA Fri Dec 28, 2012

Hi, I am an international student in Seattle. I have been in US more than 4 years. I have a credit score around 670 last time I checked (mainly due to short length of time I have been here, but no late payment otherwise). I want to purchase an apartment worth around $100,000. I can put around 25% down payment. I am a PhD student in UW. I have been paying rents last 2 years about $950 per month. I want to start putting these payments rather for my mortgage instead of rent. My parents in a foreign country are going to support me to pay the mortgage if needed to. I am also a major shareholder in a foreign company, so I have earning from there too. But my earning here is about $37K per year, part of which goes to my tuition each year and around $23K would be the remaining.
I am not sure if the best place to start with is going to be my main bank or any other place that works more with international students. Please advise me on this matter or if you do you think even if it is possible.

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Your plan may be feasible, but here's something to think about: Are you sure you're going to be staying in Seattle after you get your PhD? If not, then selling the condo could be a major problem when you want to leave, depending on the market at that point in time.

Decades ago, when I was an undergraduate, I bought a condo, and if I'd left Seattle after graduation I would have been selling at a loss, and that may have been true even after law school (not sure).
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Dec 29, 2012
I suggest you start with the real estate broker first; the relationships we have with our preferred lenders make the process a lot smoother than starting with the money people first.

There isn't a lot of selection, with inventory being as low as it is, but I think you've got a good chance of making this happen.
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You'll need to work with a small local bank, not Bank of America, Wells or Chase. I can make some referrals for you.
I've lived in the Ravenna neighborhood for over 30 years so know this market very well.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Dec 28, 2012
I think it may be possible. It will likely come down to how a lender considers your income and if you have much other debt. Your first stop could be a Realtor or a Lender, but the lender will be the necessary step for pre-approval. Rather than walk into just any lender a great Realtor will have recommendations to lenders who have served them well and may have the ability to arrange the financing.
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Thanks, Can you advise me on how to find the Realtor?
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