When you're buying a home, mortgage lenders don't look just at your income, assets, and the down payment you have. They look at all of your liabilities and obligations as well, including auto loans, credit card debt, child support, potential property taxes and insurance, and your overall credit rating. Use our new house calculator to determine how much of a mortgage you may be able to obtain.
In addition to the calculated monthly payments, annual percentage rate (APR) offers a good apples-to-apples comparison between loans. APR takes into account the varying discount points, closing costs and fees that are typically added into the loan amount and financed over the term of the loan. If the fees are paid "out-of-pocket" then the APR will be the same as the stated interest rate. Use this calculator to help determine the best loan option for you.
The loan amount, the interest rate, and the term of the mortgage can have a dramatic effect on the total amount you will eventually pay for the property. Further, mortgage payments typically will include monthly allocations of property taxes, hazard insurance, and (if applicable) private mortgage insurance (PMI). Use our mortgage calculator to see the impact of these variables along with an amortization schedule.
Different mortgage terms and rates can make the loan selection process confusing, especially if you don't plan on keeping the loan for the full term. Use this calculator to determine the total cost in today's dollars of various mortgage alternatives taking into account your opportunity cost of money.