## Using Our Mortgage Payment Calculator

It’s important to ensure the home you’re buying aligns with your budget and financial goals. Using our mortgage payment calculator is easy and helps you determine how much of a home you can financially manage. Play around with different interest rates, loan terms and down payment scenarios to find the best combination for your budget and future goals.

### Basic Mortgage Calculator

Use the basic mortgage calculator to figure out your total monthly mortgage payment without considering the annual property taxes or homeowners insurance premiums.

Enter the following information:

- Purchase price. The price you’re willing to pay for your new home.
- Down payment. The cash you plan to deposit toward the purchase of the home. The larger your down payment, the less loan you’ll require.
- Term. The period of your home loan, generally measured in years. Mortgage loan terms are typically 15 to 30 years, but Pennymac is proud to offer flex terms. We offer terms of 16 years, 17 years, 18 years and more on most loans.
- Interest rate. The amount charged, expressed as a percentage of principal, by a lender to a borrower for the use of money.

### Advanced Results

For more accurate results, input all the information in the basic calculator, then switch to the “Advanced” tab and add the following:

- Annual property taxes. A tax assessed on real estate by the local government, usually based on the value of the property (including the land) you own.
- Annual homeowners insurance premiums. Usually required by lenders, homeowners insurance protects the homeowner from weather-related damage, as well as potential liability from events that occur on the property.

## Understanding Your Mortgage Calculator Results

Your total payment is displayed at the top. For more detailed results, look at the “Breakdown,” “Over time” and “Amortization” sections.

### Breakdown

This section breaks down your monthly payment by the following:

- Principal and interest. This amount, indicated in blue, includes the principal, which is the amount of money you’ll borrow. For example, if your home costs $500,000 and you borrow $350,000, your mortgage will be $350,000. This section also includes the amount of monthly interest you’ll be paying based on the rate and term of your home loan.
- Private mortgage insurance (PMI). If you input a down payment of less than 20%, you’ll see private mortgage insurance included, depicted in yellow. PMI is a policy that protects your lender and is generally required for conventional loans if you don’t put a minimum of 20% down.
- Property taxes and homeowners insurance. Your payment breakdown will also include your property taxes and homeowners insurance premiums if you choose to input those figures.

Typically, property taxes and homeowners insurance are factored into the monthly payment through an escrow account, so adding those figures will give you the best estimate of what you may be expected to pay. Keep in mind that property taxes and homeowners insurance premiums can change and often increase every year. Also take into account any HOA or condo dues. These types of dues can easily add a couple hundred dollars or more to your mortgage payment, and they must be factored into your debt-to-income ratio (DTI).

### Over Time

Over time is a view of how much of your monthly payment will go toward principal vs. interest throughout the years. More of your payment will be applied to your principal as you get closer to the end of your mortgage term.

### Amortization

The amortization section shows your amortization schedule, a table listing all your scheduled payments throughout your loan term. Get a month-by-month look at your payment, remaining balance, principal and interest paid, and cumulative interest paid.

### What Is a Mortgage?

A mortgage is a loan secured against real property, where the property—or home—is collateral. It’s a legal agreement between a lender and the borrower. A mortgage allows a homeowner to pay back the lender in installments over an agreed-upon time period (the term) and interest rate.

### How Do I Get a Mortgage?

Getting a mortgage requires applying to a lender. But first, it’s a good idea to determine your budget and the amount you’ll be qualified to borrow. Check out the Pennymac Mortgage Blog for info to help save you money, time and peace of mind during the mortgage process.

### How Much Is a Down Payment?

Your down payment amount depends on a few factors. A home down payment of 20% of the purchase price is typically recommended, since this will help you avoid paying private mortgage insurance. But first-time homebuyers may be able to put down less, while certain loan types, such as FHA loans, may have different down payment requirements.

### What’s Included in My Mortgage Payment?

A mortgage payment typically includes your loan principal, interest, property taxes and homeowners insurance premium.

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