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A guide to mortgage rates in Sparks Glencoe

With mortgage rates at all-time lows, now is the perfect time to buy your dream home. The suburban lifestyle of Sparks Glencoe offers a selection of apartments, townhouses and many single family homes. For those looking to enjoy the suburban lifestyle in a stable market, Sparks Glencoe is right for you.

Affordable Sparks Glencoe homes

Finding your dream home

Buying a home can be very overwhelming and confusing. Luckily, there are sites that help calculate purchasing and refinancing your loan. These sites use credit scores, loan amount, and points cater to your target prices to help you find the most affordable option for you. According to Trulia, the average sales price for a home in Sparks Glencoe is $319,800. This is a fantastic price when factoring in how close Sparks Glencoe is to the state capitol and the employment opportunities it presents. The average 30-year fixed mortgage rate is 4.01 percent. This is up 28 points but still provides manageable monthly payments between $1,500 and $1,580. Buyers can get the same feeling as living in Baltimore but without state capital prices.

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Making the most of your mortgage

After so much information, one may wonder how to process everything. Luckily, Earnest is here to help. Earnest starts you off with a home search where you also have access to a loan calculator to see what options work with your financial situation. They also have options for if you are choosing to refinance your home. While searching for properties, make sure you stay in contact with your licensed realtor to find any discounts or faults within a potential home.

Common Questions About Sparks Glencoe 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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