This APR calculator helps you figure out the annual percentage rate (APR) on a mortgage (or other type of loan). You'll need to provide the loan's interest rate, term (how long the loan lasts), and closing costs, and you'll see the resulting APR for your loan.
Instructions: after filling in information related to your loan, click the Calculate button. Be sure to combine all relevant costs into a single number and enter that number in the Total Closing Costs field. Your APR will appear below the APR calculator after the page reloads.
Now you've calculated your APR, try running several "what-if" scenarios to see how APR changes as you change the inputs.
For starters, it's worth examining what happens if you pay off your loan early (by selling or refinancing, for example); you can do this by shortening the term to a number that's realistic. APR tends to underestimate the impact of up-front costs when you pay off a long term loan quickly; it assumes that you'll amortize those closing costs over a 30 year mortgage, for example, when really you're more likely to refinance before then.
You might also want to find out which parts of the loan have the greatest impact on your overall cost. If you have several lenders to choose from and you can negotiate, it's nice to know what to negotiate on: should you try to lower your closing costs, or is it better to go for a lower interest rate? Fiddle around with the numbers and you'll find out.
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