Considering the different home loan types, available interest rates and discounts, there are an array of options for your mortgage. Use this calculator to easily compare up to three different mortgages to find out which one works best for you.
Enter the loan amount for all three loans.
Enter the product term, in years, that you want to use for this loan.
Annual Interest Rate
Enter the annual interest rate that you want to use for this loan.
Discount points are a form of pre-paid interest that you can pay as a means of obtaining a lower mortgage interest rate. One point equals 1% of the loan amount. Enter the discount points for this loan.
Annual interest rate for each loan.
Product Type for each loan.
The duration of each loan. An ARM (Adjustable-Rate Mortgage) is a mortgage loan where the interest rate on the note is periodically adjusted based on a variety of indices. An ARM is amortized using a 30 year term and "life of the loan" is the ARM term. A 5 year ARM would have a term of 60 months (5 years).
Principal & Interest Payment
The principal and interest payment for each loan based on the term and rate. ARM loans are amortized using a 30 year term and will usually either convert to another loan type or have a balloon payment due.
Total discount points paid when the loan is originated.
Discount Points per Month
This value is total discount points spread out over the term of the loan. If the loan is a 5 Year ARM then the discount points are divided by 60 months (5 years). Discount points are paid when you originate the loan. This amount is NOT added to your payment, it can be used to see how much the discount points cost each month over the life of the loan.
Total Interest Paid
This value is the total interest paid over the term of the loan. If the loan is a 5 Year ARM then the interest is totaled for 5 years.
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Home Buying Institute provides a wealth of information on the different
types of mortgage loans.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) offers
a guide to "Looking
for the Best Mortgage."
The HomeLoanLearningCenter.com provides
step-by-step information on how to become financially literate.
Homeownership Preservation Foundation is an independent
nonprofit that provides HUD-approved counselors dedicated to helping homeowners.