In This Issue:
HomeSight Online Customer Portal Up and Running!
Wondering if you’re mortgage ready? But not sure where to start? Well HomeSight wants to introduce you to our new online customer portal! In about 10 minutes you can create an account and see what your path to homeownership could potentially look like. The new system uses information you enter into your profile about your income, credit score, amount of savings, monthly debt payments, and whether you’ve had any collections or judgement and then estimates your maximum mortgage affordability – technical speak for how much house you can afford.
From there, you’re in the driver’s seat. You can sign up for a homebuyer education course, schedule a homebuyer development (financial counseling) session with a HomeSight counselor, or talk to one of our loan officers so we can review all of your information with you and create a personalized action plan with next steps for your journey to homeownership. This is your opportunity to take your path at your pace. And, we’ll be here for you as much or as little as you need. So, take a moment to see at what your path to homeownership looks like and we’ll be there when you need us.
Help Update Transportation 2040
Our friends over at Puget Sound Regional Council need your help! They’re looking to update Transportation 2040 - the region’s plan for sustainable transportation - in order to reflect the changes in the region since the last plan was adopted in 2014. Our region is certainly experiencing growth and big decision will need to be made on future major investments. Don’t miss out on your chance to weigh in on the discussion. You can find the survey here.
More information on the Transportation 2040 update can be found here.
Meet the Home(Sight) Team
by Rachel Eagan
The white tail deer, cardinal, and boa constrictor all have an average life span of 23 years. Pat Montgomery’s career at HomeSight is about to outlive them all. Going into her 23rd year at the organization, Pat has borne witness to a lot of change -- Tony’s luscious locks maturing from mostly pepper to mostly salt during his tenure as ED, HomeSight’s growth from a small organization of 6 to a 22 member team that is testing the limits of our current office space (bunk desks anyone?), and the introduction of Friendsgiving as a new annual celebration.
A Seattle native, Pat has also watched the changes taking place in the neighborhood around her Columbia City home. While changes to Columbia City can be debated as good or bad, Pat is optimistic when she says “change can be a good thing.” For a lifelong Seahawks fan, change was certainly good for Pat when in 2014 the team won their first ever Super Bowl.
Read on to learn more about the only HomeSight staff member with a reserved parking spot. After 23 years, she earned it!
The Home Team: Pat Montgomery, Housing Counselor
What was your first day at HomeSight like?
It was April 23rd, 1995 and we were at a different location on S. Alaska. Back then I was the front desk person - office coordinator. Tom and Tony were here. I just sat down and started working.
How many clients do you think you’ve helped get into a home since you’ve been here?
Becoming a homeowner requires a number of things - good credit, a positive debt to income ratio, savings, etc. On top of that, do you notice any qualities that successful homebuyers tend to have?
People who have an appreciation for homebuyer education do well. And those who appreciate counseling. [A completely unbiased opinion, of course. 🤷]
What did you do before HomeSight?
I worked at the Securities and Exchange Commission for 16 years before it got shut down. They told me if I wanted to keep my job I would have to move to LA. That was the same weekend as the big earthquake and I said I’m not moving.
You are a Seattle native. What has changed most?
All my adult life I lived in Southeast Seattle. For the past 30 years I’ve been in Columbia City. A lot has changed.
I hear you are a little superstitious when it comes to the Seahawks. What is your game winning routine?
Well, just the fact that I like to watch games at home. My cousins came over during the last game [Green Bay Packers], and I had to tell them to leave. No chit chat during the game!
How much Seahawks gear do you own?
I must have at least ten Seahawks shirts, maybe a dozen. I’ve had to move my gear out of the closet because it was getting too full.
What are your predictions for the Seahawks this season?
They’re going to do fantastic! The Seahawks are going to the Super Bowl!
You always have the most delicious looking lunches but you never have seafood and I hear that’s your favorite. Why is that?
No one wants to smell seafood at the office. I love me some shrimp and crab but I would never bring that in. I’d probably run Carolyn [HomeSight’s Closing Processor] out of the office.
So do you go out for seafood or mostly cook at home?
I like to skewer jumbo shrimp on the grill at home or go out somewhere.
Readers, you’re in for a treat. Pat agreed to share her recipe for Jumbo Shrimp. Enjoy!
This is for 2lbs of shrimp.
- ¼ cup butter, unsalted
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 TBSP cajun spice
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 TBSP lemon juice
- 12 wooden skewers soaked in water for ½ hour
Combine all ingredients in small pan. Bring to a simmer and remove from heat. Pour half of the mixture into small bowl and reserve the other half to brush on later. Skewer shrimp on damp skewer. Brush one side of the skewered with sauce and refrigerate for 3 min. Flip shrimp over and brush the other side and refrigerate 3 min butter side up. Place skewers on the Barbie and grill shrimp with lid on for about 2-3 min per side or until no longer transparent. Brush with reserved sauce and serve.