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North Beach has a piece of paradise for you

There are plenty of reasons to move to North Beach. Median household income has increased by over $20,000 since 2000 and home and condo values have gone up by almost $200,000 in the same time frame. North Beach is a pleasant small town with cool breezes and beaches to help you kick back and enjoy life all year round.

North Beach is as unique as it is special

That special spot you never knew was real

North Beach has wonderful schools so the kids you have or will have can get a great education. Over a dozen different schools are nearby, and all are highly rated. North Beach is about five minutes from Chesapeake Beach and there's so many options for dining and shopping between the two cities. From the boardwalk to hotels to a water park, they've got whatever you're craving.

The beach life is ready to be lived

Feel the crisp beach breeze of North Beach

North Beach is a beautiful town waiting to be experienced. It’s low on walkability, so you'll need a car for most errands. The small town has public transportation available. Most residents have a 30-minute commute but there are plenty of employment options in and near town. Chesapeake Beach is a five-minute drive and there are hotels, spas, an amusement park, and many museums and sights available. Life in North Beach is relaxing and fun. There are over 40 restaurants to choose from. Or you can always grab food to go and enjoy the boardwalk or the sunset across the water.

Common Questions About Buying a Home in North Beach

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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