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Why buying a home in Clermont is a sound decision

According to City Data, the median price of a home in Clermont is $156,390 (as of 2013). This is higher the median price of $153,300 for the whole of Florida. In other words, a Clermont home is hot property. But that doesn’t mean expensive. A single-bedroom 600 square-foot home can be had for just $20,000; or a larger 1,450 square-foot three-bedroom home for under $75,000 (and this is a new construction). Median home prices have appreciated by as much as 45% since 2000.
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Clermont is the ‘Gem of the Hills’

Living here can be so much fun!

It is located only 22 miles from Orlando, but that doesn’t mean you have to drive there all the time for fun. You could take an eco-tour of Clermont in a swamp buggy, or enjoy a monster truck ride. Dune buggies and ATVs are also there for the true off-road experience. Three lakes mean that it will be Paradise if you are an avid angler. Pose with a wax figure of Abraham Lincoln at the President’s Hall of Fame and/or simply learn more about United States history. Sea World, Disney World and Universal Studios are only a short drive away when you need to get away on the weekend. A strong network of schools and colleges provide for the educational needs of its 30,600 residents. Among the institutions of higher learning is the University of Central Florida, the largest in the United States by enrollment.
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With Earnest, owning a home is a smooth experience

The simplified paperwork and low rates make it a hassle-free process

For first-time home buyers, Earnest pre-approves the mortgage so that they can then look at the right homes. They could seek the professional services of a realtor, or do it themselves. This way, they can save a lot of money on the commissions to be paid. A drive around Clermont should be enough to convince them that this is indeed the right place to settle down. For those who already own homes in Clermont, refinancing is a great idea. Thanks to the fall in oil prices and resulting slump in the economy, interest rates have fallen to an all-time low. There is no better time to move over to a fixed rate mortgage than now. This also protects you from interest rate increases in the future, as with an adjustable rate mortgage. Simply contact us to find out how you can save thousands of dollars.
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Common Questions About Clermont 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.