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Affordable Mortgage rates in Bladensburg

Mortgage rates across the U.S. are at an all-time low, and Bladensburg is no exception. Bladensburg is a small town, filled with families and commuters. With that said, there is a variety of homes to suit a wide variety of needs. Now is the perfect time to invest in a new home. Be sure to check out our easy-to-use calculator to get this process rolling.

Prepare to call Bladensburg your new home

This town may be small, but there is something in it for everyone

As of 2016, the median price of a home in Bladensburg is $238,700, the value having risen over 20 percent in the last year. With Bladensburg Waterfront park and a Go-Kart track located within the town, now is the time to call Bladensburg your home. Predicted to rise another 5.5 percent in the next year, now is the best time to invest in a home of your own. Make the wise decision. Let Earnest help you find an affordable mortgage rate today.

A perfect home loan in Bladensburg

Start your  homebuying journey with Earnest

Once you have found your dream home, the next step in the process to owning your very own piece of Bladensburg is to secure a home loan. These loans are based on your income, credit score, down payment, ZIP code, etc. Be sure to ask your realtor about any discounts or special offers for which you might qualify. Perhaps, instead of purchasing your first home, you are looking to refinance a home that you already own. Earnest is eager to help in this case, as well.

Common Questions About Bladensburg Mortgage Rates

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.