Annual Percentage Rate (APR)

Lenders are required to give you an interest rate, along with an Annual Percentage Rate (APR), when they advertise mortgage rates. The APR is designed to make it easier to comparison shop for loans by giving you a means of comparing not only the interest rate you will pay, but also closing costs.

The APR is the annual cost of the mortgage as a percentage of the loan amount. It considers not only the interest rate, but also points, mortgage insurance and lender charges. Third-party charges are not included. The APR will be higher than the interest rate, although the difference will depend on the lender and loan program.

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Can an APR be Misleading?


Unfortunately, an APR can be misleading because there is no standardization in terms of what must be included in the APR. As you compare mortgage quotes, you will not necessarily know which fees each particular lender includes in the calculation. Title fees and appraisal fees are almost always excluded, however, as these are third-party fees that are not charged by the lender. While some settlement charges will not vary too much between lenders, closing costs can vary by thousands.

There is a second reason the APR can be misleading: it assumes that you will keep the loan for the full term. This means that if you get a 30-year loan, the APR you are quoted assumes that you will not sell the home, pay off the loan early, or refinance within the next 30 years. It will also not take into account inflation. Closing costs are thus amortized over the length of the loan.

If you are getting an adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) instead of a fixed-rate mortgage, the APR will be practically meaningless as no one, not even the lender, knows what your rate will be when the loan resets.

Closing Costs

How Much Does APR Matter?

Do not assume that the mortgage quote with the lowest APR is automatically the best deal – unless you plan to keep the mortgage for the length of the loan and never make any extra payments or refinance.

For example, assume you are getting a $100,000 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage with a 5 percent interest rate. One lender may charge $1,000 in closing costs, while the second charges $4,000. In the first example, the APR will be 5.09 percent, while the loan with the higher costs will be 5.35 percent. You may assume the first loan is the best deal, but if you sell the home five years later, the APR will have jumped to 5.41 percent.

While the annual percentage rate is a good tool to compare quotes, you cannot use it on its own. Always go over the Good Faith Estimate (GFE) you receive from the lender after applying for a loan, as this document will give you an estimate of the fees you will be charged, including those not in the APR.

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Mortgage Investors Group, based in Tennessee, offers residential financing in a number of states in the southeast, See MIG Service Areas. Terms and conditions to apply to home financing. We want to share with you the loan terms vary based on several characteristics and your financial profile. These include but are not limited to loan program, loan purpose, occupancy, credit history, credit score, assets, and other criteria per loan type. The repayment terms and interest rate may vary from time to time. The terms represented here are based on certain assumptions outlined below and/or noted on the loan outline page. Additional details concerning privacy, program disclosures, licensing specifics may be found at Legal Information.

MIG Loan Officers will help gather the information needed for an individual assessment to provide home financing which matches the loan characteristics with your home financing needs based on your financial profile, when you are ready to begin a full loan application. For estimates and general information before that step, the basis for which the mortgage financing information are as follows:
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  • Rate locks are available at current terms for 30 to 180 days based on program type, credit profile, property location, etc. which will affect the available rate and term.
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  • Terms and conditions apply, which may include restrictions or limits per loan program.
  • Information is generally based on primary residence occupancy with no cash out when refinancing.
  • Unless otherwise stated, terms shown are estimates based in part on credit score of 700 or higher; owner occupancy, escrow account is established for taxes and insurance(s); debt-to-income ratio no higher than 43.0%; PMI applies to conventional loan programs over 80.0% LTV; VA,FHA & RD require insuring fees included in loan and/or payment; fixed rate, 30 year term.

An MIG Loan Officer is available to help with your financial details to determine which characteristics apply to your situation for a personalized look into which loan program best fits your home financing needs. Please use the Find a Loan Officer link or reach out to Mortgage Investors Group at 800-489-8910. Equal Housing Lender 1.2020