Our home loan calculators can give you a good idea of what your monthly payments for a mortgage, refinance or home equity line of credit might look like.
Adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM)
A mortgage or home equity loan in which your interest rate and monthly payments may change periodically during the life of the loan, based on the fluctuation of an index. Lenders may charge a lower interest rate for the initial period of the loan. Most ARMs have a rate cap that limits the amount the interest rate can change, both in an adjustment period, and over the life of the loan. Also called a variable-rate mortgage.
Cost for the use of a loan, usually expressed as a percentage of the loan, paid over a specific period of time. The interest rate does not include fees charged for the loan. See also: annual percentage rate (APR).
A home loan with a predetermined fixed interest rate for the entire term of the loan.
Purchase price/sales price
The total amount paid by a buyer to a seller for the purchase of property.
Annual percentage rate (APR)
The annual cost of a loan to a borrower. Like an interest rate, the APR is expressed as a percentage. Unlike an interest rate, however, it includes other charges or fees (such as mortgage insurance, most closing costs, discounts points and loan origination fees) to reflect the total cost of the loan. The Federal Truth in Lending Act requires that every consumer loan agreement disclose the APR. Since all lenders must follow the same rules to ensure the accuracy of the APR, borrowers can use the APR as a good basis for comparing the costs of similar credit transactions.
Typically, it’s an amount usually paid at closing to the lender in conjunction with a mortgage loan in order to lower or “buy down” the interest rate. One discount point equals one percentage point of the loan amount. For example, two points on a $100,000 mortgage would cost $2,000. Negative points reflect the amount that will be credited to you and reduce the amount of closing costs you will pay. Also called mortgage points or points.
How much should you put down?
If you put down at least 20% of the purchase price, you typically won't have to pay for private mortgage insurance (PMI). And when you put down more, you're more likely to qualify for lower interest rates. Putting down more money will likely save you more money over the life of the loan. Learn more about mortgage down payments.
Principal & interest only
Estimated monthly payment does not include taxes and insurance, which will result in a higher monthly payment. For borrowers with less than 20% down payment, mortgage insurance may be needed, which could increase the monthly payment and APR. Additional loan programs may be available.