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Welcome to Elk Mills

Elk Mills is an unincorporated community in Cecil County, Maryland. Located about 20 minutes away from downtown Newark, Delaware, this rural haven is close to many desirable locations with a family-oriented, small town feel.

Elk Mills at a glance

All about your new home

With a population of only 167 residents, Elk Mills is truly a small town. At a population density of 335 square miles per person, it is the ideal place for those who want peace and quiet while still maintaining easy access to many, more populous locations in the surrounding area. In addition to the Delaware cities of Newark and Wilmington to the east, Elk Mills is only 9 minutes away from Elkton, a larger town in Cecil County that has many recreational offerings, including an orchard and a golf course. Elk Mills additionally is located in an area with many schools, making it ideal for families with children.

Why wait to move?

Your home in Elk Mills made easy and fast

With median home prices in the Elk Mills area around $210,000, there is no better time to invest in your dream home. With so many options and sources of information available, it's easy to feel overwhelmed as a homebuyer. Earnest can help make the process seamless and stress-free. By helping you identify your priorities and taking into account your financial situation, we can determine how much you can spend on a home, so you can shop smarter.

Common Questions About Buying a Home in Elk Mills

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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