There isn't a one size fits all type mortgage. Each individual or family needs to consider many factors before choosing a type of mortgage.
For example, a 15-year fixed rate mortgage will save you thousands of dollars in interest payments over the life of the loan, when compared to a 30- year mortgage, but your monthly payments will be higher with a 15-year. If you choose an adjustable rate mortgage you will have a lower monthly payment than a fixed rate mortgage initially, but your payments could possibly get dramatically higher if the interest rates go up over time.
So please, use our real estate payment calculator to better understand the dynamics of the different home loan programs. Most of our builders offer financing options at the same rates or lower than most banks. Let them help you get into your new home today.
Typically your monthly mortgage payment is made up of 4 different components: principal, interest, taxes and insurance, collectively known as PITI. The principal is the part of the monthly payment that reduces the remaining balance of the home loan. The interest is the fee charged by the lender for borrowing money.
Taxes refer to property taxes that your community and state charge you annually which are generally based on a percentage of the value of your home. The lender usually collects 1/12th of the yearly property tax bill on a monthly basis and places the money in an escrow fund which will pay your tax bill at the end of the year. You do not have to choose to escrow your taxes which will lower your monthly payment but require you to pay a large lump sum at the end of the year.
Lenders require that all buyers have hazard insurance to cover your home and your personal property against losses from theft, fire, natural disasters and other unforeseen problems. The insurance amount can be escrowed and paid much like the taxes, through a monthly payment, or in a lump sum once a year.
Principal and interest comprise the bulk of your monthly payments in a process called amortization, which reduces your debt over a fixed period of time. With amortization, your initial monthly payments are largely interest, and as the loan matures, a greater portion of your payment is allocated toward the principal.
Calculating your mortgage payment can be tricky. Before you buy a new home, it's important that you are aware of what you are paying for. Here's a few resources to get you started.