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Earnest helps you get your dream Ocoee home

Ocoee ranks 242 in the Florida livability index. According to Areavibes, lower living costs and an adequate number of local amenities make this city an excellent place to live. Home values in Ocoee has zoomed up 8.5 percent in 2015. It is predicted that they will go up by 5.4 percent in 2017. The average price for every square foot in this Florida city is calculated to be $113. The average price of currently listed residences comes to $240,000.
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A city encapsulating history within its space

A city where the events of the past continue to reverberate in the present

Ocoee is located in Orange County. It was founded by Dr. J.D Starke, a physician who moved with a number of slaves to the northern side of an open lake lined with pine trees. The idea was that the lake will have clean water and thus prevent further outbreaks of malaria. A village subsequently came into being and the settlement was named Starke Lake. The population of the city increased tremendously post American Civil War. Confederate soldiers along with their families settled in the area. The families of General William Temple Withers and Captain Bluford Sims set themselves up here. Soon afterward, Captain Sims was the recipient of land grant amounting to 74 acres in present day Ocoee downtown. The Captain changed the name of the plce to Ocoee in 1886. The word “Ocoee” means apricot vine place.
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A mortgage which fits exactly right

Enjoy the best home mortgages in Ocoee with Earnest

For a first timer purchasing a home, the whole process can be terrifying one. The paperwork itself is frightening. All worries, however, will disappear if Earnest comes into the picture. The online only application process is laughably simple. Even in the unlikely event of any doubt, a client service team is simply a call away. They are extremely friendly and eager to answer any questions you may have. Needless to say, our rates will bring a smile to your face. Count on Earnest to obtain your house keys faster. Home mortgages can be repaid after a long time. It may cross decades. Many ups and downs are possible in this time-specially in finance. Earnest will help you to obtain a better refinancing plan. You can free up a few home equity to cope with unanticipated expenses.
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Common Questions About Ocoee 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.