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Homes in Havre De Grace are affordable and cozy

Situated on the mouth of the mighty Susquehanna River along Chesapeake Bay, Havre de Grace can trace its history back to the Revolutionary War. Today, this beautiful coastal town is home to over 3,300 families, and is known for its verdant, green lawns, beautiful historic homes, and salty smells wafting up from the nearby bay.

Havre De Grace: a graceful place to live

Find heavenly homes in the "Harbor of Grace"

Havre de Grace has the perfect home for you, whether you're a retiree or moving to the area. Homes here are currently listing for $498,000 up to $3.3 million, meaning there's something to fit any budget. With a low crime rate, Havre de Grace is a safe community to raise a family in. For a family looking for a 15-year mortgage, rates are currently up by 2.7 percent, but remain among the lowest in the country. Due to a history of hurricanes hitting this town, storm and flood insurance should be included in your budget.

Find a home on a budget in Havre de Grace

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The average home price in Havre de Grace is currently $245,600, according to Zillow. Don't waste another minute looking elsewhere. There is truly a home for everyone in Havre de Grace, and we want to help you find yours. Earnest can help you obtain a loan to make your dreams of homeownership a reality. But don't wait--these great rates won't last forever. Get started today.

Common Questions About Buying a Home in Havre De Grace

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.

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