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Home Mortgage Rates in Maryland

Downtown Baltimore Inner Harbor.

Maryland mortgage rates tend to be slightly higher when compared to the nationwide average. In Maryland, the average monthly mortgage payment so far in 2010 is $1,561.00 per month compared to $1,295.00 for mortgages nationwide. The average home value in Maryland is $280,200 compared to $167,500 nationwide. There are about 2,273,793 housing units in Maryland of which 69 percent are owner occupied with the rest occupied by renters.

Popular Cities & Towns in Maryland

Some of the more popular cities and towns in Maryland include Baltimore, Bethesda, Annapolis, Columbia, Rockville and Bowie.

Baltimore is the largest city in the state of Maryland with a population of 651,154 and a median family income in 2005 of $30,078. The city is the cultural capital of the state and the most popular travel destination. Known as the “Charm City,” Baltimore is steeped in history and has both an east coast and southern charm.

Annapolis Skyline.

Annapolis is another popular location in Maryland for people to reside that has plenty of history dating back to the Revolutionary War, when it served as the new nation’s capital. The city has more buildings still standing from that period than any other city in the United States. Annapolis is also known as the home of the United States Naval Academy. Both Baltimore and Annapolis are quite close to Washington D.C., the nation’s current capital.

Downtown Frederick From Baker Park.

The three counties of southern Maryland has been growing the faster than counties in the rest of the state. Montgomery County, the state’s most populous county, is projected to experience growth from 855,000 in 2000 to 946,000 by 2010.

Cities like Hagerstown and Bowie are among Maryland’s fastest growing population areas. These cities have been growing due to their prime location between other major urban areas like Baltimore, Washington D.C., and Annapolis.

Baltimore Harbor Aerial View.

Types of Mortgages in Maryland

The main mortgage types available in Maryland are:

  • 30 year fixed rate mortgage – The interest rate and payments for this type of mortgage are fixed for the entire term of the mortgage. Normally, this type of loan has the highest interest rates.
  • 15 year fixed rate mortgate – Similar to the 30 year fixed rate but with a shorter payment term. The interest rates are lower for the 15 year fixed rate mortgage as compared to the 30 year fixed rate.
  • 5/1 ARM mortgage – An adjustable rate mortgage in which the interest rate is adjusted at certain periods. The amount of adjustment depends on the index that the mortgage tracks. A 5/1 ARM starts with a beginning interest rate that lasts for five years, after which the rate is adjusted annually for the rest of the payment period. Also known as a renegotiable rate and a variable rate mortgage.
  • 3/1 ARM mortgage – Similar to the 5/1 ARM, but the initial interest rate lasts for the first three years of payment, after which the rate is adjusted annually.

There are various types of mortgage loan products available for the buyer to choose from. These products include:

  • Jumbo mortgage – A loan that exceeds the limits established by the Federal National Mortgage Association and the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation. As these loans are not financed by these agencies they have a higher interest rate.
  • Rural mortgage – A program offered by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) that offers 100 percent financing with no money down. Your income must qualify and you must live in an eligible rural area. The USDA Rural Development mortgage requires a 2 percent loan fee that must be paid upfront.
  • Two Step Mortgage – A loan that the buyer receives at lower than market interest rates for a certain term, usually between seven and 10 years, after which the interest rate is adjusted to market rates. This type of mortgage is also known as a Super Seven or Premier mortgage.
  • Wraparound Mortgage – With this type of mortgage a new loan is fused together with an existing mortgage resulting in an interest rate that falls between the new and old loan rates.
  • Blanket Mortgage – A loan that covers two or more properties as security for the same mortgage.
  • Buy-down mortgage – The lender and/or the builder will pay off part of the interest rate for the early part of the loan, after with the rate increases.
  • Deferred interest mortgage – A loan that allows payments less than the amount required for the interest rate with the unpaid amount deferred by shifting it to the loan balance.
  • FHA Loan – A loan that is backed by the Federal Housing Administration that allows qualified buyers to purchase mid-range homes.
  • Graduated Payment Mortgage (GPM) – A mortgage in which the monthly payments increase for a specific term and then stabilize.

Glenview Mansion in Rockville, Maryland.

Maryland is a recourse state, which means that lenders have up to three years to take recourse action for the loan balance after a foreclosure sale. For example, if you are foreclosing on a $500,000 mortgage but the property sells in foreclosure for only $400,000. If the lender wins in court, you will still owe the lender the remaining $100,000 balance on the original mortgage. The court will set the new payment terms.

Foreclosure in Marlyand

In Maryland, lenders use judicial foreclosure in which a court action is sought. The lender files a petition, after which the foreclosure begins in 90 days of the date of default when no notice is provided, and in 45 days when the lender notifies the borrower. In instances where criminal activity like fraud is involved the foreclosure can begin immediately.

The borrower can stop the default up to 1 day before the foreclosure sale by paying up all the past due payments together with any penalties incurred thereby reinstating the loan. If the foreclosure sale is insufficient to cover the loan, the lender has recourse to a deficiency court action for the remaining balance of the loan.

The court decides on the period of redemption, or the period in which the original owner has the right to buy back the home from whoever purchased it during foreclosure.