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Despite the rise in home prices, you can still find a perfect home that’s within your budget! As you begin to house hunt, make sure to consider the most important question of all:

How much house can I afford? After all, you want your home to be a blessing, not a burden. Using an online mortgage calculator can help you quickly and accurately predict your monthly mortgage payment with just a few pieces of information. It can also show you the total amount of interest you’ll pay over the life of your mortgage. A monthly mortgage payment is made up of many different costs. Our mortgage calculator’s payment breakdown can show you exactly where your estimated payment will go: principal and interest (P&I), homeowner’s insurance, property taxes, and private mortgage insurance (PMI).

The down payment is the initial cash payment, usually represented as a percentage of the total purchase price, a home buyer makes when purchasing a home. For example, a 20% down payment on a $200,000 house is $40,000. A 20% down payment typically allows you to avoid private mortgage insurance (PMI).

You can also use our mortgage payment calculator to see the impact of making a higher down payment. A higher down payment will lower your monthly payments not only because it reduces the amount of money you borrow, but also because it can help you qualify for a lower interest rate. In some cases, a down payment of at least 20% of the home’s purchase price can help you avoid paying private mortgage insurance (PMI).

Considering what to offer on a home? Change the home price in the loan calculator to see if going under or above the asking price still fits within your budget. Don’t know which mortgage is right for you? Use our mortgage calculator to estimate the cost of different loan types and compare interest paid for a 15-year mortgage and a 30-year mortgage. You may be surprised to see how much you can save in interest by getting a 15-year fixed-rate mortgage.

How to Lower Your Monthly Payment

If the monthly mortgage payment you’re seeing in the home loan calculator is higher than you can afford, here are a few things you can do to lower it.

Improve your credit score

If a low credit score is contributing to your high payments, you can take steps to increase it. First, review your credit report and address any red flags or errors. Then, stop applying for new credit, work to reduce your debt, and be sure to make all of your payments on time.

Put more money down

A higher down payment will reduce the amount of money you borrow, leading to lower monthly payments. It can help you qualify for a lower interest rate, which can also lower your monthly payments. In some cases, it can help you avoid paying costly PMI.

Make extra payments

If you can’t make a bigger down payment, you can opt to pay extra towards your principal every month. While this won’t immediately lower your monthly mortgage payment, it can help your mortgage payments decrease later and help you pay off the loan faster

Opt for a longer loan

A longer loan term will spread the cost over a longer period of time, which will lower your monthly mortgage payments. This will lead to more interest paid over the life of your loan, but it’s a good strategy to help make homeownership more affordable.

Avoid PMI

For most conventional loans, you’re required to pay for private mortgage insurance (PMI) along with your monthly mortgage payment until your loan-to-value (LTV) reaches 78-80%. You can avoid this additional monthly cost by putting 20% down on your home.

Pay PMI upfront

If you have to pay PMI on a conventional loan, instead of paying it every month along with your mortgage payment, you can opt to pay for it upfront as a one-time fee. This won’t lessen the overall cost of PMI, but it will cut down the amount you pay every month.

Rent out part of your home

If you’re open to living with roommates and you have the space, renting out a bedroom in your home or even a basement apartment if you have it is a great way to reduce your overall monthly payment by having the rental income offset your monthly costs.

Make bi-weekly payments

If you want to immediately lower your payments, bi-weekly payments likely won’t help. But if you want to pay your loan off faster, stop paying PMI faster, or simply pay less interest over the life of your loan, this approach could make a lot of sense for you.

Buy Down your rate

Everyone knows that the lower the interest rate you get for your loan, the lower your monthly payment will be. But if you don’t have the credit score or other criteria to qualify for the lowest rate, consider buying discount points to get a lower rate, and a lower payment.