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FutureStarrA Realistic Mortgage Payment Calculator
Congratulations! You have taken the first step towards financial stability by getting a mortgage. Here, you'll find some answers to frequently asked questions, including how much your payments will be.
Let’s break it down further. Home price, the first input, is based on your income, monthly debt payment, credit score and down payment savings. A percentage you may hear when buying a home is the 36% rule. The rule states that you should aim to for a debt-to-income (DTI) ratio of roughly 36% or less (or 43% maximum for a FHA loan) when applying for a mortgage loan. This ratio helps your lender understand your financial capacity to pay your mortgage each month. The higher the ratio, the less likely it is that you can afford the mortgage.In general, a 20% down payment is what most mortgage lenders expect for a conventional loan with no private mortgage insurance (PMI). Of course, there are exceptions. For example, VA loans don’t require down payments and FHA loans often allow as low as a 3% down payment (but do come with a version of mortgage insurance). Additionally, some lenders have programs offering mortgages with down payments as low as 3% to 5%. The table below shows how the size of your down payment will affect your monthly mortgage payment.
Property Tax: this is the local rate home owners are charged to pay for various municipal expenses. Those who rent ultimately pay this expense as part of their rent as it is reflected in their rental price. One can't simply look at the old property tax payment on a home to determine what they will be on a forward basis, as the assessed value of the home & the effective rate may change over time. Real estate portals like Zillow, Trulia, Realtor.com, Redfin, Homes.com & Movoto list current & historical property tax payments on many properties. If property tax is 20 or below the calculator treats it as an annual assessment percentage based on the home's price. If property tax is set above 20 the calculator presumes the amount entered is the annual assessment amount. (Source: www.mortgagecalculator.org)