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Compton is not a stop, but a destination

Compton is an unincorporated community with an array of beautiful scenery and rich history. Most homes are set back from the street and enclosed by dense trees, but there are many different types of homes, including some more farm-style homes with land cleared for farming purposes. Compton is a 10 minute drive from Leonardtown, a larger city with more shops, restaurants, and activities.

A community with a rich history

Exploring the legacy of Compton

Compton is the home of attractions, such as St. Francis Xavier Church and Newtown Manor House Historic District, both of which became part of the National Register of Historic Places in 1972. The district marks a location important in the 17th century ecclesiastical history of Maryland. St. Francis Xavier Church continues to serve as the parish church. A parish of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington and Newtown Manor House, originally constructed in 1789, is currently unoccupied.

Compton could be your new home

A welcoming community

When you're buying a home in Compton, you're also buying into a community, a community with its own rich history. Whether this is your first time buying a home, or you're an old hand at it, the process can quickly become stressful and overwhelming. Thankfully, Earnest can empower you to find the home that's just at your target price and one that matches your specific needs. Earnest will help you identify your priorities as a homebuyer, whether that's walkability, schools, commute time, or proximity to amenities, and look at your unique financial situation in order to help you figure out how much you and your loved ones can save.

Common Questions About Buying a Home in Compton

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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