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# Mortgage APR Calculator

Use this calculator to determine the Annual Percentage Rate (APR) for your mortgage. Press the report button for a full amortization schedule, either by year or by month.

## Your APR is LOAN_APR for this loan.

Annual Percentage Rate (APR) is a standard calculation used by lenders. It is designed to help borrowers compare different loan options. For example, a loan with a lower stated interest rate may be a bad value if its fees are too high. Likewise, a loan with a higher stated rate with very low fees could be an exceptional value. APR calculations incorporate these fees into a single rate. You can then compare loans with different fees, rates or different terms. While APR calculations may vary from lender to lender to a small degree, all lenders must follow the same basic rules. **GRAPH**

## APR is computed in two steps

The first step is to calculate an APR payment amount. This is done by adding your closing costs to your loan amount, and then calculating a new monthly payment at your loan's interest rate. In this case, if you borrowed (LOAN_AMOUNT + TOTAL_CLOSING_COSTS) at INTEREST_RATE for TERM years, your APR monthly payment would be LOAN_APR_PAYMENT. Notice that this is different than your actual payment of MONTHLY_PI.

The second step is to calculate what interest rate produces a monthly payment equal to the APR payment amount. In this case, we calculate the interest rate that would require a LOAN_APR_PAYMENT monthly payment on a loan of TERM years in the amount of LOAN_AMOUNT. The result is LOAN_APR which is the APR for your loan.

Note: It is important to point out that the APR for a loan with no fees is always the same as the stated interest rate. If you have a loan where the lender pays you for taking a higher interest rate, your APR for that loan may be lower than the stated interest rate.

## Mortgage Summary

**GRAPH**
Mortgage Information
Loan amountLOAN_AMOUNT
TermTERM years
Interest rateINTEREST_RATE
Monthly payment (PI)MONTHLY_PI
Total principal and interest paymentsTOTAL_OF_PAYMENTS
Total interestINTEREST_PAID
Closing Costs
Origination feeORIGINATION_FEES_AMT
Paid for pointsDISCOUNT_POINTS_AMT
Other feesOTHER_FEES
Total closing costsTOTAL_CLOSING_COSTS

## Payment Schedule

**REPEATING GROUP**

## Mortgage APR Calculator Definitions

Mortgage amount
Original or expected balance for your mortgage. Taxpayers can deduct the interest paid on first and second mortgages up to \$1,000,000 in mortgage debt (the limit is \$500,000 if married and filing separately). Any interest paid on first or second mortgages over this amount is not tax deductible. Home equity loans are limited to \$100,000 or the amount of equity you have in your home. Our calculator limits your interest deduction to the interest payment that would be paid on a \$1,000,000 mortgage.
Interest rate
Annual interest rate for this mortgage.
Term in years
The number of years over which you will repay this loan. The most common mortgage terms are 15 years and 30 years.
Monthly payment
Monthly principal and interest payment (PI).
Loan origination percent
The percent of your loan charged as a loan origination fee. For example, a 1% fee on a \$120,000 loan would cost \$1,200.
Discount points
Total number of "points" purchased to reduce your mortgage's interest rate. Each 'point' costs 1% of your loan amount. As long as the points paid are not a broker's commission, they are considered tax deductible in the year that they were paid.
Other fees
Any other fees that should be included in the APR calculation. These fees can vary by lender, but at a minimum usually includes prepaid interest.
Annual Percentage Rate (APR)
A standard calculation used by lenders. It is designed to help borrowers compare different loan options. For example, a loan with a lower stated interest rate may be a bad value if its fees are too high. Likewise, a loan with a higher stated rate with very low fees could be an exceptional value. APR calculations incorporate these fees into a single rate. You can then compare loans with different fees, rates or different terms.

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