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Welcome to Bittinger

Bittinger, like many Maryland towns, is modest in size. But with its location central to major metro areas like Pittsburgh, Washington D.C., and Baltimore, it can be the launching pad for many day trips. The population of Bittinger is just 101 residents, but this town is dense with nature and opportunities for outdoor fun. It sits right on the edge of the Savage River State Forest, making this small town perfect for nature lovers.

Find peace in Bittinger

See what you can afford in Bittinger

Located within driving distance to Pittsburgh, Baltimore, and Washington D.C., Bittinger is a quaint commuter town surrounded by nature. While Bittinger is small, entertainment and diversions are easily in reach in surrounding towns. If you enjoy quiet communities and the splendor of nature, Bittinger is the place for you.

Bittinger: your new home

Let Earnest help turn your dreams into reality

Purchasing a home is one of the biggest decisions that people make in their lifetime. Earnest is here to make this process as easy, affordable, less stressful, and efficient as possible. With housing values predicted to increase and continue to rise within the next year, today is the day to make your move and begin your homebuying process. Whether you are looking for a first time home, or are in the market to refinance, Bittinger has a home for you and the help you need.

Common Questions About Buying a Home in Bittinger

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.