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Get a taste of life in Rockville

The county seat of Montgomery County, Rockville is one of Maryland's finest suburbs nestled squarely in the middle of the Beltway. Home to various biotech and software companies, as well as gorgeous parks, Rockville is an pleasant, upscale place to call home. Currently, prices for homes here are rising by 2 percent. Check out Earnest's calculator to see what homes are within your budget.

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Tradition and tranquility await in Rockville

Once a settlement predating the American Revolution, Rockville today is a far more peaceful place, ideal for singles, couples and families. Rockville is a quiet, tranquil town with record-low crime rates. For a piece of land that affords you peace of mind, there's no place quite like Rockville.

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Rockville is the perfect Mid-Atlantic community that blends urban style with a suburban setting. Rockville is home to about 64,000 people, and has a population density of about 4,530 residents per square mile. Currently, the median price of a Rockville home, according to Zillow, is $469,600, with the average price per square foot resting at $288. By 2017, the median price of property in Rockville is expected to increase by 2 percent. With conditions this favorable, let Earnest help you find a loan that accommodates your financial profile and your lifestyle needs, and get ready to call Rockville "home sweet home!"

Common Questions About Buying a Home in Rockville

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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