Mortgage calculators are useful — but not if they don’t tell you how much your true home payment will be. To arrive at this number, home buyers must use a mortgage payment calculator that includes things like private mortgage insurance (PMI), property taxes, homeowners insurance, HOA dues, and other costs. The below calculator does just that. Leaving nothing to chance, it allows you to estimate all parts of your future home payment.
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Mortgage loans are typically available to those who meet the following qualifications:
These are general guidelines, however, and home shoppers should get a full qualification check and pre-approval letter from a lender. Many buyers are eligible, but don’t know it yet.Verify your home buying eligibility (Nov 14th, 2018)
This calculator assumes a conventional loan offered by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac. However, conventional is not the best loan type for everyone. Also check out other calculators by The Mortgage Reports:
The above mortgage calculator details costs associated with loans or with home buying in general. But many buyers don’t know why each cost exists. Below are descriptions of each cost.
Principal and interest. This is the amount that goes toward paying off the loan balance plus the interest due each month. This remains constant for the life of your fixed-rate loan.
Private mortgage insurance (PMI). Based on recent PMI rates from mortgage insurance provider MGIC, this is a fee you pay on top of your mortgage payment to insure the lender against loss. PMI is required any time you put less than 20% down on a conventional loan. Is PMI worth it? See our analysis here.
Property tax. The county or municipality in which the home is located charges a certain amount per year in taxes. This cost is split into 12 installments and collected each month with your mortgage payment. Your lender collects this fee because the county can seize a home if property taxes are not paid. The calculator estimates property taxes based on averages from tax-rates.org.
Homeowners insurance. Lenders require you to insure your home from fire and other damages. This fee is collected with your mortgage payment, and the lender sends the payment to your insurance company each year.
HOA/other. If you are buying a condo or a home in a Planned Unit Development (PUD), you may need to pay homeowners association (HOA) dues. Lenders factor in this cost when determining your ratios. (See an explanation of debt-to-income ratios above). You may put in other home-related fees such as flood insurance in this field. Lenders don’t consider costs such as utilities or maintenence, but feel free to put in any additional expenses to get a view of your all-inclusive payment.
Loan term. The number of years it takes to pay off the loan (assuming no additional principal payments). Mortgage loans most often come in 30- or 15-year options.
Down payment. This is the dollar amount you put toward your home cost. Conventional loans require just 3% down, and 20% down is required to avoid mortgage insurance. Down payments can come from a down payment gift or eligible assistance program.
Interest rate. The mortgage rate your lender charges. Shop at least three lenders to find the best rate.
Learning how to buy a home has never been easier. Following are articles to get you started, whether you’ve purchased a home before or this is your first time.
Home buyers are often eligible to buy right now, but they often don’t know it.
The best way to check is to request an eligibility check via online request. You will be in contact with a lender in a few minutes, who can walk you through the quick process.Verify your home buying eligibility (Nov 14th, 2018)
Property tax averages: http://www.tax-rates.org/taxtables/property-tax-by-state
PMI rates: https://www.mgic.com/rates/ratefinder