Here's what a monthly mortgage payment typically includes:
The amount of money borrowed. Each month a portion of the principal is paid back. Over time, interest becomes a smaller part of the monthly mortgage payment, and more of the payment goes toward reducing the principal owned.
The cost of borrowing money, usually expressed as an annual percentage of the loan amount, for example, 5 1/2% or 6%. Principal and interest are amortized over a period of years, typically for 15 or 30 years.
Taxes paid to a local government, usually a percentage of your property value, based on the mil levy. Your lender generally collects the taxes through your monthly payments and pays them directly to the local government. The amount of tax will vary depending upon where you live and the type of property you own.
An insurance policy that protect you from financial losses on your property that result from fire or other hazards.
PRIVATE MORTGAGE INSURANCE (PMI)
An insurance policy for down payments of less than 20% of the home price, which helps mortgage lenders recover some losses if a borrow fails to fully repay. Mortgage insurance makes it possible to buy a home with a low down payment.