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Parkton is home to just over 7,000 residents, and resides 30 minutes north of Baltimore. A quaint Baltimore suburb, Parkton is surrounded by towns and cities filled with history and endless amenities, all of which are within a short commute. This quiet community is full of charm, entertainment, and historical landmarks to explore. Don't wait any longer to make Parkton your new home. Check out our easy, step-by-step loan calculator to get started today.

Fall in love with Parkton

Experience the charm of small town living

Located mere miles away from the Pennsylvania state line, and just under 30 miles from Baltimore, this Baltimore county town is perfect for a commuters, families, and individuals alike. Parkton is full of history, and while there may not be many amenities located within Parkton itself, surrounding towns and cities are only a short commute away. This quaint rural town is ready for you to make it your home.

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Take the stress out of homebuying, trust Earnest

Whether you are purchasing your first home or have had previous experience as a homeowner, financing or refinancing a home can be a stressful feat. With that said, at Earnest, we know the purchasing and refinancing processes backwards and forwards. We use our knowledge to make this process as easy while accommodating all of your homebuying needs. With home values on the rise, don't miss out on the opportunity to make an investment today.

Common Questions About Buying a Home in Parkton

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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