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Earnest knows Okeechobee's current housing market

2015 saw Okeechobee's home values going up by 8.0%. As per Zillow, $98,600 is the median home value in the city. $179,000 is the median value of homes listed currently in Okeechobee. The per-square-foot median list price is $104 ($103 is the Okeechobee Metro average). According to Sperling's Best Places, 10.58% of apartments and houses in Okeechobee are unoccupied. The property tax rate is $10.74. 75% of Okeechobee's population are home owners. 29% of the population are single residents.
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A city that is ideal for people who like it 'calm'

The peaceful and vibrant city of Okeechobee has old values and new visions

The crime rate in Okeechobee is very low. Most of its residents agree that the city is an ideal place to raise children. The city spends around $10,274 per student for education. A good percentage of the population are employed in the sales and administrative sector. The income per capita is $22,360. $43,106 is the median household income. The multi-genre, multi-day Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival attracts thousands of people from all over the city. The Speckled Perch Festival, the largest festival in the city, is held in March. The city holds professional bass fishing tournaments every year. The Agri-Center is host to Okeechobee County fair and Okeechobee Cattlemen's rodeo. The city has a thriving business district. The job growth rate is expected to go up over the next few years.
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Earnest can get you a mortgage with a fair rate

Get a bargain mortgage deal with Earnest even with a bad credit score!

Earnest has a simple online application process that can take the 'stress' out of home buying. Buying a home for the first time is often a complicated, confusing and stressful process. With Earnest, it need not be. We can find you your ideal home in Okeechobee. We have a competent customer support team that can answer all your queries and help you out with any issues. Earnest can help you get a mortgage to buy that dream home in Okeechobee. Our rates are fair, and by fair, we mean the lowest possible. We can help you refinance your mortgage as well. If you are worried about your bad credit history, just talk to us and we can work out a bargain deal for you. We can look past the credit score if your current financial position and your future earning potential are encouraging.
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Common Questions About Okeechobee 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.