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‘To start, press any key’ – Where’s the “ANY” key?!” – Homer Simpson
If you’re beginning the home buying process, you might feel a tad overwhelmed.
Mortgage payments puzzle you. You don’t know what home loan option is best for you (are there any first time home buyer programs?). And you’re wondering if you can handle the payments. You’ve got a plethora of questions.
That’s where we come in. To quench your thirst for understanding what you are paying for, we’ve created Homer Simpson’s guide to mortgage payments – simple and deliciously easy to digest…like donuts.
First things first: what’s in a mortgage payment? (I dunno) Luckily for you, it spells out an acronym = “PITI”:
Now that you know what makes up a mortgage payment, here’s what it actually means:
If you’re familiar with credit cards (hopefully not too familiar – good FICO scores lead to lower mortgage rates and saving you money over time), the same concept applies. The principle is the actual amount you borrow for the home of your dreams.
You’ll watch the news and hear people talk about interest rates or watch a commercial about taking advantage of low mortgage rates (not now…but right now).
If you’re wondering whether they are the same thing (DING DING DING), your assumption is correct.
An interest rate is what a lender like Get A Rate charges for a home loan.
Pretty much what it sounds like – these are the property taxes on the house you are buying.
And last but certainly not least:
If you have car insurance or want health coverage for when you get sick, there’s also insurance for your home aptly called homeowners insurance.
It pretty much works like how car and health insurance: homeowners insurance is to protect the homeowner should anything happen to your beloved home. So if any physical damages happen to the house, you are protected.
Some tidbits of information about insurance:
SPECIAL NOTE: if you’ve heard the term “Private Mortgage Insurance” also known as PMI, it is completely separate from PITI. PMI is to protect the lender when a homeowner defaults on payments. If you are looking for a No PMI option, speak to a Home Loan Expert today.
And that, my home buying friends, is Homer Simpson’s guide to mortgage payments. (Simple, right?!)