How is APR Different from the Mortgage Interest Rate?

May 26, 2016 1:17 pm

ING_19072_00722When shopping for a mortgage, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by the amount of numbers that you are shown for the transaction. Two numbers that measure important costs within your loan are the APR and the interest rate.

The interest rate is the cost of borrowing the mortgage loan amount expressed as a percentage. This rate only takes into account the amount of interest per year that you will pay on your loan. The interest rate is used to calculate your total monthly payment.

The APR, or Annual Percentage Rate, of your loan reflects other costs associated with the mortgage in relation to your interest rate. The APR calculates the total cost of your loan, including the origination fee, mortgage insurance, any discount points, closing costs, and other charges associated with the mortgage. These costs are then presented as a yearly interest calculation, which is usually higher than your mortgage interest rate. The APR is used to calculate the total cost of your home loan.

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