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As the site of the Civil War Battle of Antietam, Sharpsburg has a rich historic character. But it has more than just a rich past to recommend it. Along with affordable homes, there’s plenty to explore in Sharpsburg. The town of 700 residents offers nature excursions like hiking, canoeing and rafting in warmer months and snowing and snowboarding in the winter.

Sharpsburg is waiting for you

Sharpsburg is a welcoming town with a low cost of living

There are many different kinds of homes available in Sharpsburg ranging in price from $40,000 to nearly $1.5 million. Homebuying opportunities include newly constructed homes and lots you can build the home of your dreams on. From construction to food services to public administration, there are different jobs available in the local area. There are over 90 restaurants available for you and your family to enjoy.

Discover the greatness of Sharpsburg today

There's lots to do and lots to see within the city limits of Sharpsburg

Sharpsburg is a family-focused city. Over 60 percent of households belong to families. The Civil War Antietam Battlefield draws tourists and history buffs. There's some public transportation available but walkability is low and a personal vehicle is required for most errands. There are a few parks and places to explore on foot but the town is not optimized for traveling without a vehicle. Sharpsburg is a lovely place to live and it's an investment perfect for your family or the family you hope to have someday.

Common Questions About Buying a Home in Sharpsburg

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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