Intuitively, we all know taking out a mortgage will be, for almost everyone, the largest investment a person or family will make. Further, a home loan is frequently thought of as a good investment when it is used to finance the purchase of a house or building that has a reasonable chance to appreciate in value. "But how do I know if I can afford a mortgage," is a common refrain.
Helping you answer this question is precisely the goal of this mortgage calculator. You'll quickly notice this calculator is capable of a great deal more than just calculating a monthly mortgage payment. Spend a few minutes with it, and it will help you understand the actual cost of any potential (or existing) home loan.
You can use this calculator to answer such questions as:
- How much mortgage can I afford?
- What is the mortgage payment?
- How much money do I need to buy a house?
- What is the down payment on a house?
Financial calculators are made available to you as self-help tools for your independent use and are not intended to provide investment advice. I cannot and do not guarantee their applicability or accuracy in regards to your individual circumstances. All examples are hypothetical and are for illustrative purposes.
Mortgage Calculator Help
You can calculate the mortgage loan amount from the price of the real estate by providing the down payment percentage.
If you know the mortgage amount you can afford and the cash down payment percentage required, you can calculate the affordable real estate price.
Or if you know the price of the real estate and the loan amout and enter "0" for the down payment percentage, the calculator will calculate the down payment amount and percentage.
Points, Annual Property Taxes, Annual Insurance and Private Mortgage Ins. (PMI) are all optional. If you enter values, the periodic portion of each will be calculated and shown on the schedule. Property taxes and insurance are combined under escrow.
If a borrower does not have cash to cover at least 20% of the purchase price, some lenders will require the borrower to purchase private mortgage insurance (PMI) to cover against a possible default. Premiums are typically 0.5% to 2.0% of the original loan amount. The borrower can drop the insurance coverage once the mortgage balance is less than 80% of the original purchase price. The calculator handles this automatically. (There may be other conditions as well under which the lender will no longer require PMI. One such case might be apprciation of the real estate.)
Points are charges that are normally due at closing. Borrowers (normally only in USA) may select to pay a lender "points" up front in exchange for a lower interest rate. Points are expressed in percent and are calculated on the amount borrowed. 3 points on a $200,000 mortgage equals $6,000. If the user enters points, this calculator includes their value in the summary and as part of the total payment at loan origination on the payment schedule.
The term (duration) of the loan is expressed as a number of months.
- 60 months = 5 years
- 120 months = 10 years
- 180 months = 15 years
- 240 months = 20 years
- 360 months = 30 years
Need more options including the ability to solve for other unknowns, change payment / compounding frequency and the ability to print an amortization schedule? Please visit, https://financial-calculators.com/mortgage-calculator