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Bloomberg Online Mortgage Calculator

Bloomberg Online Mortgage Calculator

Bloomberg Online Mortgage Calculator

See what mortgage payments would be on your home when lenders reach their maximum debt levels.

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Interest Rate: this is the quoted APR a bank charges the borrower. In some cases a borrower may want to pay points to lower the effective interest rate. In general discount points are a better value if the borrower intends to live in the home for an extended period of time & they expect interest rates to rise. If the buyer believes interest rates will fall or plans on moving in a few years then points are a less compelling option. This calculator can help home buyers figure out if it makes sense to buy points to lower their rate of interest. For your convenience we also publish current local mortgage rates.

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)

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Fixed vs Adjustable Mortgages: In most countries home loans are variable (also known as adjustable), which means the interest rate can change over time. The ability for United States home buyers to obtain a fixed rate for 30 years is rather unique. Interest rates are near a cyclical, long-term historical low. That makes a fixed-rate mortgage more appealing than an adjustable-rate loan for most home buyers. ARMs can reset to a higher rate of interest over the course of the loan & cause once affordable loans to become prohibitively expensive. What's worse is when interest rates spike home prices also fall, which makes it harder to sell a home & anyone refinancing their purchase will also be forced to refinance at a higher rate.

To see this formula in practice, let's say you're purchasing a $200,000 home with a 30-year loan and putting down 20 percent. The lender offers an interest rate of 4 percent. To calculate "P," you would first subtract 20 percent from the $200,000 home price to get a total amount borrowed of $160,000. Then, to calculate your monthly interest rate, or "r," you would divide the annual interest rate by 12. In this scenario, the monthly interest rate would be .0033 percent. Finally, to get "n," you would multiply your loan term by 12 to get the total number of months for your mortgage, which in this case would be 360. Your monthly principal and interest payments would be around $763. Homeowners insurance and property taxes are not included. (Source: www.bankrate.com)

 

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