This is the purchase price of the home.
This is in terms of percent or dollars. FHA is a minimum of 3.5%, conventional loans start at 3% and go up from there. To eliminate PMI or MIP, you need to have 20% down. If you are looking for ideas on how to save for a down payment, click on 9 ways to save for a down payment.
This is a fixed interest rate. You may estimate the interest rate by reviewing the current rates below. The calculator automatically populates with a based 30-year fixed interest rates. Use the slide to move the interest rate either up or down. And remember, your actual rate will be based on your overall credit picture.
This is the length of the loan in years. A typical new buyer opts for a 30 year loan. If you are refinancing a loan, you may opt into a 15 year loan.
Annual Property Tax
Enter property taxes as a percent of the loan. Typically, in Snohomish County, we see between 1% and 1.25%. You can also check County records.
Annual Hazard Insurance
This is estimated homeowners insurance.
These are fees for a homeowners association. Most condos and townhouses have this as well as some single family residences.
This can be PMI (private mortgage insurance) or MIP (mortgage insurance premium for FHA loans). It is based on the mortgage term, amount down, and your credit score. Annual fees vary from 0.3% to 1.5% of the original loan amount. With 20% down payment, there is no PMI or MIP. Talk to a lender for more information.
Tips to Get the Lowest Mortgage Interest Rate
It's important to shop around for mortgage loans as lenders have different loan programs. To reduce your rate, you may choose to pay points. Generally paying one point (or 1% of the loan) will reduce your mortgage rate by 0.25%. Improving your credit score can reduce your mortgage rate. If you don't think rates will rise, wait to lock in your rate as lenders charge slightly higher rates for longer lock-in periods.
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