What are my monthly payments?
Use the Mortgage Calculator to get an idea of what your monthly payments could be. This calculator can help you estimate monthly payments with different loan types and terms. You may be able to afford more (or less) depending on factors including your down payment and/or the purchase price. The calculator will estimate your monthly principal and interest payment, which represents only a part of your total monthly home expenses. Additional monthly costs may include: real estate taxes, insurance, condo or homeowners association fees and dues, plus home maintenance services and utility bills.
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Add All Fixed Costs and Variables to Get Your Monthly AmountFiguring out whether you can afford to buy a home requires a lot more than finding a home in a certain price range. Unless you have a very generous — and wealthy — relative who's willing to give you the full price of your home and let you pay it back without interest, you can't just divide the cost of your home by the number of months you plan to pay it back and get your loan payment. Interest can add tens of thousands of dollars to the total cost you repay, and in the early years of your loan, the majority of your payment will be interest.
Many other variables can influence your monthly mortgage payment, including the length of your loan, your local property tax rate and whether you have to pay private mortgage insurance. Here is a complete list of items that can influence how much your monthly mortgage payments will be:
The most significant factor affecting your monthly mortgage payment is your interest rate. Getting the very best interest rate that you can will significantly decrease the amount you pay each month, as well as the total amount you pay over the life of the loan.
A 30-year fixed-rate mortgage is the most common type of mortgage. However, some loans are issues for shorter terms, such as 10, 15, 20 or 25 years. Getting a loan with a shorter term can raise your monthly payment, but it can decrease the total amount you pay over the life of the loan. You would also pay off your loan in half the time, freeing up considerable resources.
Private Mortgage Insurance
Unless you come up with a 20 percent down payment or get a second mortgage loan, you will likely have to pay for private mortgage insurance. PMI protects the lender in case you default on the loan. The cost of PMI varies greatly, depending on the provider and the cost of your home. However, you could pay as much as a couple hundred dollars each month for PMI, in addition to your principle and interest.
Most lenders allow you to pay for your yearly property taxes when you make your monthly mortgage payment. Some may even require it. Your estimated yearly payment is broken down into a monthly amount, which is stored in an escrow account. Your lender then pays your taxes on your behalf at the end of the year. The amount may fluctuate if your county or city raises the tax rate or if your home is reevaluated and increases in value.
Just like you have to carry insurance for your car, you have to carry insurance for your home. This protects you and the lender in case of a fire or other catastrophic accident. Most lenders allow you to include your property insurance in your monthly mortgage payment. Just like with PMI, the monthly amount is put into an escrow account, and the bill is paid on your behalf.
Some homes — especially condominiums and town homes — are part of a housing community that includes a community pool, fitness center and other amenities, such as lawn care. If you buy a home in such a community, you will have to pay homeowner's association fees. The amount depends on the community in which you live.
Using the above calculator can help you put together all of these complex variables to get a clear picture of your monthly mortgage payment so you know exactly how much to expect.