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Get to know Dunkirk, Maryland

Home to just over 2,000 residents, Dunkirk resides just 30 miles from Washington D.C. and 10 miles from the Chesapeake Bay. A quaint town, Dunkirk makes up for history and charm what it lacks in numbers. It is a small, peaceful community surrounded by suburbs. While Dunkirk may not have all the amenities of a larger town or city, this sleepy rural getaway is just a quick drive away from entertainment in nearby communities. Make the quiet community of Dunkirk your home!

Escape to Dunkirk

Invest in comfort and charm

Nestled between the Patuxent River and the Chesapeake Bay, Dunkirk is a quaint town with a population of just over 2,000 residents. If you enjoy nature, beautiful rivers, and bay views, Dunkirk is the place for you. With only a 40 minute commute lying between Dunkirk and Washington D.C., this small town has all the amenities of a big city within a short distance. This small community is waiting for you to call it home.

An experience you won't forget

Buying a home—the stress-free way

Once you have found your dream home in Dunkirk, the next step in the process of making it yours is to apply for a mortgage loan. Whether you're purchasing your first home or refinancing your current home, Earnest is here to help every step of the way. Applying for a mortgage loan can be tedious and stressful, so we at Earnest strive to make your home owning process as simple and stress free as possible.

Common Questions About Buying a Home in Dunkirk

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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The intelligent home loan

When it comes to finding the right home loan, Earnest works hard to ensure that the process pain-free. We use an industry-leading and intuitive online-only application (meaning most times no scanner or fax machine required), a 5-star client service team, and a unique rolling pre-approval that stays current while you track down that perfect home. At Earnest, the home loan process is like no other.