When you go through the process of applying for a mortgage, you need to make sure you understand all of the terms on the page. Two of the most common numbers you will come across include the mortgage rate and the APR. Many people associate both of these numbers with interest rates, but you will probably notice that they are not quite the same. What are the differences between these two numbers, and how are they going to impact your mortgage loan?
The Mortgage Interest Rate
The first number you are probably going to look at is the mortgage interest rate. This reflects the additional money that you will be charged over the life of the mortgage. For example, if you take out a loan for approximately $250,000 that has an interest rate of 5 percent, you will end up paying not only the principal but also an interest component of approximately $233,000 over the life of the loan. Keep in mind that an interest rate can be fixed or variable, so make sure you read the application carefully.
Annual Percentage Rate (APR)
The other number that you might see is your APR. This calculation is a bit more complex because it considers all facets of your application, not just the interest rate on the mortgage. Your APR is going to include other values as well, such as private mortgage insurance premiums, discount points, closing costs, and other closing expenses. This number might be a bit harder for people to understand, but it will also give you a more accurate picture of the total cost of your mortgage.
Ask Questions Before You Sign Your Contract
Because there are so many moving parts involved when you apply for a mortgage, you need to take the time to ask questions before you sign on the dotted line. You will be focused on your primary interest rate, as it will play a major role in the total cost of your loan as well as your monthly payment; however, you need to have an accurate picture of the other fees associated with your home loan as well. Reach out to an expert who can help you find the right mortgage to meet your needs.
About the Author:Babak Moghaddam graduated from University of Southern California in 1985. He entered the mortgage industry as a compliance auditor at the Bank of New York in 1986 and completed his masters in Business Administration two years later. After seventeen years in the traditional mortgage banking world Babak finally transformed this vision into his own practice in 2002 when he formed Charter Pacific Lending Corp, a mortgage company that has provided over $900 Million in residential real estate loans throughout Southern California. Babak and his team do things a little differently than other mortgage providers. They work as financial advisors, because they have come to realize that a mortgage is a very powerful financial tool. And just like any other financial tool, it should be managed as part of the overall financial management plan to reach every home owner’s long and short-term financial goals much faster. You can contact Babak for a free consultation and strategy session at (800) 322-1217 X103.