The TPR© True Percentage Rate Calculator
Calculating the True Cost of Financing your Home
Enter the number of years that you expect to have this particular loan
Loan Options   1   2   3   4
Loan Amount
Monthly Payment
Base Closing Costs
Points/Origination Fees @
Cost of Points/Origination Fee
Total Closing Costs
Common APR equals
True Percentage Rate equals
True cost to finance over term =
Difference vs. Option 1

Annual Percentage Rate is the cost of a loan including certain closing costs expressed as an interest rate. The Theory behind this is to evidence the effective rate of financing the purchase of a property. By using one number rather than rate and closing costs separately (which is how it really works) the intent is to provide an easier manner by which you can compare one loan to another.

The problem with this is that APR is calculated on the entire length of the loan. On average, mortgage loans are only used for about 3.3 years before being refinanced or paid off by sale of the property. As a result, using APR to decide what's best is like judging a book by its cover.

Calculating the real cost or True Percentage Rate© reveals the secret to making the best choice for the time period that YOU expect to have your loan. Remember, the number of years you indicate is not how long you expect to own the property, it's how long you expect to have this particular loan. Owners refinance their loans often and for various reasons. Rate changes, term changes, cash out for improvements, college costs, even things we'd rather not think about like job loss and divorce all come into play. Choosing wisely, based on real total cost rather than just interest rate is the smart way to come to the best conclusion.

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