Happy Labor Day!

Directors Mortgage would like to wish you and your family and safe and happy Labor Day weekend! Our offices will be closed on Monday, September 5th, in observance. Check out these interesting Labor Day facts including one about our home state!

Labor Day Facts

  1. The first celebrated US Labor Day was on Tuesday, September 5, 1882 in New York City, planned by the Central Labor Union.
  2. 10,000 workers marched from City Hall all the way to 42nd Street and then met with their families in Wendel’s Elm Park for a picnic, concert, and speeches.
  3. Canada is said to have originated the idea of hosting a day honoring the labor movement. In 1872, they held a “Nine-Hour Movement” to show support for striking workers.
  4. There is disagreement about who actually proposed Labor Day as a holiday. Some say it was Peter J. McGuire, who was the cofounder of the American Federation of Labor. Others believe that it was Matthew Maguire, a machinist.
  5. Oregon was the first state to celebrate Labor Day as a legal holiday in 1887.
  6. The decision to make Labor Day the first Monday of September was approved on June 28, 1894.
  7. Labor Day started as a part of the labor union movement, to recognize the contributions of men and women in the US workforce, but modernly is seen as a chance to celebrate the last weekend of summer.
  8. Americans worked 12-hour days seven days a week during the 19th century!
  9. The Adamson Act was passed on September 3, 1916 to establish an eight-hour work day.
  10. Historians say the expression “no white after Labor Day” comes from when the upper class would return from their summer vacations and stow away their lightweight, white summer clothes as they returned back to school and work.
  11. There is still a Labor Day parade in New York City, which takes place throughout the 20 blocks north of the 1882 labor march.


  • United States Department of Labor. “Labor Day History.” 2014. Web Accessed November 4, 2014.
  • The Library of Congress American Memory. “The First Labor Day.” January 20, 2011. Web Accessed November 4, 2014.
  • Phillips, Pattie. “Highlights in Canadian labour history.” CBC News, September 4, 2009. Web Accessed November 4, 2014.
  • United States Department of Labor. “Labor Day History.” 2014. Web Accessed November 4, 2014.
  • CNN. “Labor Day Fast Facts.” September 1, 2014. Web Accessed November 4, 2014.
  • Harbster, Jennifer. “The First Monday of September.” The Library of Congress, September 4, 2010. Web Accessed November 4, 2014.
  • PBS NewsHour. “The Origins of Labor Day.” September 2, 2001. Web Accessed November 4, 2014.
  • PBS American Experience. “The Steel Business: The Lot of a Steel Worker.” 2009. Web Accessed November 4, 2014.
  • Newspaper & Current Periodical Reading Room. “Topics in Chronicling America - Eight Hour Day (1916).” The Library of Congress, November 13, 2012. Web Accessed November 4, 2014.
  • Berry, Allison. “The Rule ‘No White After Labor Day’ Has Historical Roots.” TIME, September 5, 2011. Web Accessed November 4, 2014.
  • New York City Central Labor Council. “2014 NYC Labor Day Parade.” 2014. Web Accessed November 4, 2014.

Need To Qualify For More?

Directors Mortgage has the solution! Fannie Mae’s HomeReady loan program is designed to help you realize your dream of homeownership with guidelines specifically created to help you qualify!  Some of the highlights include:

  • Only 3% down payment required – even better, the entire down payment (and closing costs) can come from a gift or grant!
  • You do not need to be a first time home buyer to qualify!
  • Unique income sources (boarder income, non-borrowing household member income, and rent from an ADU) can allow for greater purchasing power!
  • Reduced mortgage insurance applies when you put less than 10% down, which will result in a cheaper overall payment!
  • Rates can be as good or better than normal conforming rates depending on your down payment and credit score!

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Join Directors Mortgage In Our Support of Jackie Wiles' Pursuit of Gold!

Chris Egan, KING 11:18 AM. PDT May 18, 2017

The countdown is on: Just 267 days before the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea begin.

There are several northwest athletes with good chances to represent the U.S. in the Winter Games. U.S. Alpine Ski Team member and two-time U.S. Downhill champion Jacqueline Wiles is hoping to compete in her second Olympics.

Wiles, 24, who went to Canby High School and now lives in West Linn, stood on her first career World Cup podium in January in Austria.

The two-time U.S. national downhill champ who competed at the 2014 Olympics started skiing when she was 2 years old and racing when she was 5 years old.

"I think I love skiing so much, because you get that feeling of going fast and feeling the wind in your face, and you have that free-flowing feeling, " said Wiles.

Wiles grew up skiing at Mount Hood, but when she was 15, she decided she needed a change, so she started training at White Pass.

"Sometimes you need to change the stimulus, have other coaches, something is not clicking, have that self-audit and realize I need to make a change," said Wiles.

And it's at White Pass where Wiles would meet ski coaches Kevin McDevitt and Matt Morrell.

"She was lightning fast, greasy fast, and maybe didn't have all the skills put together yet, and that was a battle for her and us, but she put the time in," said Morrell.

Wiles' career was taking off, but McDevitt said she needed to take one more step before being able to ski with the best in the world.

"You have to get in the gym. You have to become a bigger, stronger, athlete, because everybody is a good skier at your level, so if you want to move up, you got to get stronger and want it,” said McDevitt.

While her coaches at White Pass believed, Wiles still had her doubters.

"I had a couple coaches on the national team tell me I wasn't going to make (it), and I didn't listen to them, but I knew my dream and knew I could make it if I wanted it,"  said Wiles. "Believe in yourself and work hard, and if you have those two things, you can do anything."

© 2017 KING-TV


Fannie Mae Introduces Innovative Solutions for Borrowers with Student Loan Debt

Innovations Help Borrowers Pay Down Student Debt and Overcome Debt Related Obstacles When Buying a Home

Aleksandrs Rozens


WASHINGTON, DC – Fannie Mae (FNMA/OTC) announced new policies that will help more borrowers with student debt qualify for a home loan. These innovations address challenges and obstacles to homeownership due to a significant increase in student loan debt over the past decade and provide access to credit for qualified borrowers. The new solutions give homeowners the opportunity to pay down student debt with a mortgage refinance, allow borrowers to exclude non-mortgage debt paid by others as part of the loan application process, and make it more likely for borrowers with student debt to qualify for a mortgage loan by allowing lenders to accept student debt payments included on credit reports.

“We understand the significant role that a monthly student loan payment plays in a potential home buyer’s consideration to take on a mortgage, and we want to be a part of the solution,” said Jonathan Lawless, Vice President of Customer Solutions, Fannie Mae. “These new policies provide three flexible payment solutions to future and current homeowners and, in turn, allow lenders to serve more borrowers.”

Innovative Solutions for Making Homeownership Affordable for Borrowers with Student Debt 
Because there is rarely a “one size fits all” approach to this issue, the policies announced provide options to borrowers based on their individual circumstances:

  • Student Loan Cash-Out Refinance: Offers homeowners the flexibility to pay off high interest rate student debt while potentially refinancing to a lower mortgage interest rate.
  • Debt Paid by Others: Widens borrower eligibility to qualify for a home loan by excluding from the borrower’s debt-to-income ratio non-mortgage debt, such as credit cards, auto loans, and student loans, paid by someone else.
  • Student Debt Payment Calculation: Makes it more likely for borrowers with student debt to qualify for a loan by allowing lenders to accept student loan payment information on credit reports.


Fannie Mae helps make the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage and affordable rental housing possible for millions of Americans. We partner with lenders to create housing opportunities for families across the country. We are driving positive changes in housing finance to make the home buying process easier, while reducing costs and risk. To learn more, visit fanniemae.com and follow us on twitter.com/fanniemae.

- See more at: http://www.fanniemae.com/portal/media/financial-news/2017/student-loan-debt-6546.html#sthash.1iUGKuZd.dpuf

An FHA Loan Might Be the Product For You!

Directors Mortgage offers the Federal Housing Administration Loan (FHA) to our clients who may want a low down payment option with with flexible mortgage guidelines. The features of the FHA Loan include: 

  • Borrowers can purchase a home with ad own payment of as little as 3.5%
    • Zero out-of-pocket funds for down payment possible, using gifts/down payment assistance programs
  • Easier to use gifts for down payment and closing costs than with other loans
  • Flexible qualifying ratios means that you can buy more home
  • May be assumable by the buyer, if approved by the mortgage servicer
  • FHA offer leniency for borrowers with less than perfect credit
  • NEW! County loan limits have been increased!
  • Great option for first-time homebuyers or those looking to refinance
  • Federally insured to help borrowers purchase a home they would not otherwise be able to afford!

Ready to get the process started and get into your new home? Find the office nearest to you and contact us today!