Interest rates on mortgage loans are not set by the government and vary from mortgage lenders to mortgage broker based on loan amount, credit scores and amount of down-payment or equity. Secondly, based on how much profit the mortgage company anticipates on making determines what interest rates are being offered to mortgage loan applicants such as a first time home buyer.
There are two interest rates typically associates with mortgage loans. One is the note rate which is the interest rate that your mortgage payment is based on for monthly payment calculations. The other is the APR which is the true cost of the loan taking into account upfront finance/origination charges associated at the inception of your mortgage. When using a mortgage calculator, be sure to calculate your payment based on the note interest rates and not the APR rate.
When trying to get the best interest rates, be sure to pay attention to the APR associated with the mortgage note rate to ensure that you are getting a low cost loan and avoid paying excessive origination fees just to get the lowest interest rates.
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