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Cambridge homes are dream homes

Along the southern bank of the Choptank River, you can find the city of Cambridge in Dorchester County. With a population of less than 13,000 spread out across the 10.34 square miles of land, residents can enjoy beautiful sunsets, hospitable neighbors, and beautiful vistas over the river. Even better, Cambridge is a very walkable town. Residents are able to accomplish most of their tasks by foot, no car needed.

Cambridge offers year-round views

Learn everything you need to know about buying a home here

Since the 2010 census, the population of Cambridge has increased by 15 percent. With a median age of 35—a couple of years younger than the state average—Cambridge is attracting young individuals and families with its beautiful views and affordable homes. With a fun marina, fishing opportunities, and numerous art events, it is no surprise that people have been flocking here for the last few years.

Make homebuying as easy as pie in Cambridge

Low rates and an easy application make the process quick and simple

Buying a home can be very overwhelming. With so many websites to browse and brokers to talk to, there is a lot of information to consider. Let Earnest help you identify your priorities (walkability, proximity to the river, etc.) and then analyze your financial profile to determine your target home price. With the median home price in Cambridge hovering at $189,000, the cost of living and beautiful views make this area a steal.

Common Questions About Buying a Home in Cambridge

All The Answers You Need to Settle Down Sooner

Should I choose a fixed or adjustable rate?

It depends how long you expect to stay in the home. Adjustable rates are good for people who may not be in the home long, whereas fixed rates are ideal for people who are confident of settling in.

Do I need a home appraisal?

Probably—in most cases, the homebuyer must use an appraiser to evaluate the value of the home. Appraisal costs vary depending on the value of the property, as well as the state the house is in. Buyers cannot choose their own appraiser—the bank makes the decision.

What is PMI?

Private mortgage insurance (PMI) is required when a homebuyer makes a down payment of less than 20%, or when a borrower refinances with less than 20% equity in the home. PMI fees vary according to your down payment and credit score, and adds a premium to your monthly mortgage payment. Please note, PMI is tax-deductible in 2015 and 2016 for certain income brackets.

What does Loan-to-Value mean?

Loan-to-Value (LTV) is the percentage of your home’s value that your loan represents. When refinancing, the calculation is simply the loan amount divided by the appraised value. When buying a home, the LTV is found by dividing by either the purchase price or appraised amount, whichever is lower. When the LTV is less than 80%, the lender generally requires PMI.

For example:

Purchase price: $100,000
Down payment: $15,000
Loan amount: $85,000
Appraised value: $110,000
LTV: $85,000/$100,000 = 85%

What are closing costs?

Closing costs are standard fees associated with a real estate transaction. You will typically pay about 2-5% of the purchase price in closing costs—the exact amount depends on where you are buying (or refinancing), as well as number of extra fees involved in your particular transaction. Earnest charges no lender fees, so the borrower is only responsible for 3rd-party fees.

What should I consider before refinancing my mortgage?

Refinancing your home loan is an attractive option when rates are low. A simple rate and term refinance can help you lower your monthly payment and potentially eliminate your PMI premium, as long as you have built up enough equity in the home. You might also use a cash-out refinance to access some of the equity you’ve built up in the home (which may result in a higher monthly payment on your new loan).

However, keep in mind that refinancing a mortgage does involve several fees (closing costs). Before refinancing, you should calculate the ‘break-even’ point at which your refinanced loan makes up for the closing costs. If you plan to leave your home before this time, it’s better to stay with your current mortgage.

Knowledge Is (Buying) Power

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