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Find your new community in Damascus

Damascus is a strong community with many local traditions, making it the perfect town to raise and grow a family. For sports lovers, Damascus High School (DHS) is known for its competitive sports teams, holding many championships under their belt. With new and traditional single family homes and townhouses, Damascus is perfect for families or couples looking for a town with a strong community backbone.

Damascus is the community you've been waiting for

A town with great history and long-lasting traditions

Damascus holds strong traditions of agriculture. Host to the annual Damascus Community Fair, which attracts thousands of visitors, thriving 4-H clubs around town, and multiple equestrian centers, Damascus is perfect for any nature or animal lover. In 2009, the Damascus Heritage Society Museum opened, preserving Damascus's history around which the town unites. For fans of athletics, Damascus High School and the local Damascus Sports Association are known for their strong athletic programs. Damascus residents unite around their shared love of their community and local events.

Buying your Damascus home has never been easier

Simple, straightforward, and seamless homebuying

Buying a house in Damascus has never been so affordable, but the purchasing process can still be confusing. Finding a happy middle ground between location, amenities, and price can be difficult. Look to Earnest to help you through the whole process, start to finish. According to Trulia, by the end of October 2016 Damascus homes were listed for a median sales price of $239,900. This is currently on the rise, so don't miss this opportunity to find your new dream home.

Common Questions About Buying a Home in Damascus

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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