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Your new home awaits you in Crofton

Crofton mortgage rates are currently at their lowest, and the area is still undiscovered by many homebuyers. Whether you are looking to find a new home or refinance your current mortgage, house hunting in Crofton is a great bet for families and city commuters for both its amenities and its affordability.

Crofton provides commuter-friendly homeownership

Reside in a community close to the city

When you're getting ready to settle down somewhere new, relieve yourself of homebuying stress by relying on Earnest. Crofton's median home price is around $292,000, making family living affordable even in such a beautiful area. Earnest's calculator can help you determine the mortgage rates in your price range. With different styles of homes to choose from depending on your needs, Crofton offers everything you could want. From activities and golf courses to nearby urban centers like Baltimore and D.C., you're never far from being entertained.

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Earnest makes homebuying stress-free

Looking for a balance of urban and suburban? Look no further than Crofton. Earnest can help you find the best mortgage rates for your financial situation and go home with your dream home. If you're thinking of refinancing, Earnest can help with that, too. Home loans are made easy with Earnest, so let us get you the support you need.

Common Questions About Crofton 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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