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Considering moving to Oviedo, Florida?

Oviedo is only 18 miles from Orlando, and it has been named one of the Best Places to Raise Kids by Businessweek. According to City Data, the median price of a home here is $195,766, higher than the $153,300 for Florida, but it could be well worth it. The city is one the safest in the United States, with hardly any instances of murder, robberies or arson. A typical four-bedroom 2,300-square foot home costs in the region of $325,000, but it would come with a pool or wooded pond in the backyard.
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Find out why Oviedo is a great place to live

The city’s motto is “Growing in the right direction”

Oviedo has no connection with the Spanish city of the same name. The earliest residents found that they needed a unique name for their town when they applied for a post office. They subsequently chose Oviedo, keeping in mind the Spanish name of the state. Oviedo has come a long way since then. Today, it is home to 38,020 residents and a city that measures 15.4 square miles in area. There are several things to do and sights to see that living in Oviedo will always be an interesting affair. You could zoom past alligators in an airboat, or simply enjoy the scenery. Oviedo has several public and private schools that serve PreK-12 education needs. The University of Central Florida, Florida Technical College, Full Sail University and the Seminole State College are all located within a nine-mile radius of the city.
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Own a home in Oviedo

Get an Earnest mortgage

Earnest not only offers low rates that make the monthly mortgage payment easy on your pocket, it also pre-approves your mortgage. This means that you could look specifically at homes that your qualify for, and find the right one that suits your requirements. CNN Money magazine rated it one of the Best Places to Live, and nearly half its present population moved here after 2000. With the median age of the population being 35.3 years, Oviedo is literally a ‘young’ city. There are plenty of avenues for recreation, be it fishing, spas, art, fitness, movie theaters or bars. For work, there is the Central Florida Research Park, which is only 6 miles away from Oviedo. Having Earnest by your side means that owning a home here will prove to be a pleasant experience.
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Common Questions About Buying a Home in Oviedo

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.