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. More below...»
This home loan calculator does have a lot of options. Don't let the number of details put you off. Fortunately, if you only want to calculate a payment amount, you'll frequently have to enter only three values while leaving the other settings and inputs unchanged. The payment calculation is as easy as this:
That's it. Now you'll know the principal and interest payment required to pay off the debt.
But for sure, this debt payment does not begin to cover the full cost of having a home loan. There are few other expenses, of course! And this calculator is designed to consider them all.
VERY IMPORTANT - You must enter a 0 if you want a value calculated. Some users have been frustrated by this. They want to know why the calculator does not just recalculate if they have changed one of the inputs.
This behavior is by design. We want the calculator to create an amortization schedule using whatever parameters you want to use. This is a feature!
By not automatically recalculating a payment, this calculator lets those users who do not have a "standard" loan create a payment schedule.
You can use this calculator to answer such questions as:
Related - Need to know the exact balance of a mortgage? Then use this mortgage payoff calculator.
The printable mortgage schedule has recently been upgraded to add support for the following:
All the above are optional. That is, you may set them to 0.
Unlike our general loan or simple loan calculators, this calculator will allow you to have more than one unknown value in certain cases.
To indicate an unknown value, enter '0' (zero). There must be one unknown in each group — that is two unknowns are required.
You can enter the price of the real estate, the down payment percent you need, the total number of periods for which you want to borrow the money and the interest rate. When you click on "Calc", the loan amount and the monthly payment will be calculated.
If you enter the loan amount and "0" for the down payment percentage, then the down payment percentage (and down payment amount) will be calculated.
If you enter "0" for the price, a down payment percentage, "0" for the mortgage amount, the total periods, the interest rate and the payment you can afford, the calculator will calculate the loan amount and the price you can afford to pay. You can use this calculation to tell you what you can afford to pay and borrow and still stay within a budget.
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 both included 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 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 the PMI. One such case might be apprciation of the real estate.)
Points are charges that are normally due at closing. It is an optional input. 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.