When you take out a mortgage loan how much you repay is determined by several factors.
The total cost of your mortgage, including all of the below, is known as the annual percentage rate (APR), which is typically higher than the interest rate. Using the APR, you can compare mortgages of the same dollar amount by considering their total annual cost.
This is the percentage of your loan amount we charge you to borrow money in order to buy your home. Interest rates are based on current market conditions, your credit score, down payment, and the type of mortgage you choose.
Paying discount points up front is a way to lower your interest rate and your monthly payment. One point equals 1% of your mortgage amount. Points are usually tax deductible. (Consult a tax advisor on the deductibility of interest).
This includes all charges (other than discount points) associated with completing your mortgage transaction. It covers fees, document preparation, underwriting costs, and other expenses.
This is the amount of time you have to pay off your mortgage balance. Shorter loan terms typically mean higher monthly mortgage payments, but often have lower interest rates. If you pay off your mortgage balance within a shorter term, you may pay less in total interest compared to a longer-term mortgage