# Mortgage calculator for Texas

Use our mortgage calculator for Texas built directly into it! Get accurate estimates for your monthly mortgage payments if you will be required to have private mortgage insurance (PMI). Also learn why

Monthly payment

\$1,529/mo

#### Monthly payment breakdown

\$1/mo

Principal & interest

\$600

## How does a mortgage calculator help me?

When deciding how much house you can afford, one of the most important pieces to determine is whether a home will fit into your monthly budget. A mortgage calculator helps you understand the monthly cost of a home. And ours will allow you to enter different down payments and interest rates to help determine what is affordable for you.

## How much monthly mortgage payment can I afford?

Lenders determine how much you can afford on a monthly housing payment by calculating your debt-to-income ratio (DTI). The maximum DTI you can have in order to qualify for most mortgage loans is often between 45-50%, with your anticipated housing costs included.

Your DTI is the balance between your income and your debt. It helps lenders understand how safe or risky it is for them to approve your loan. A DTI ratio represents how much of your gross monthly income is spoken for by creditors, and how much of it is left over to you as disposable income. Itâs most commonly written as a percentage. For example, if you pay half your monthly income in debt payments, you would have a DTI of 50%.

Formula for calculating your debt-to-income (DTI) ratio:

Hereâs an example of what calculating your DTI might look like:

## How to calculate monthly mortgage payments in Texas?

Your monthly mortgage payment includes loan principal and interest, property taxes, homeowners insurance, and mortgage insurance (PMI), if applicable. While not typically included in your mortgage payment, homeowners also pay monthly utilities and sometimes pay homeowners association (HOA) fees, so itâs a good idea to factor these into your monthly budget. This mortgage calculator factors in all these typical monthly costs so you can really crunch the numbers.

### Formula for calculating monthly mortgage payments

The easiest way to calculate your mortgage payment is to use a calculator, but for the curious or mathematically inclined, hereâs the formula for calculating principal and interest yourself:

Where:

• M is monthly mortgage payments

• P is the principal loan amount (the amount you borrow)

• r is the monthly interest rate
(annual interest rate divided by 12 and expressed as a decimal)
For example:
if the annual interest rate is 5%,
the monthly rate would be 0.05/12 = .00417, or .417%

• n is the total number of payments in months
For example:
for a 30-year loan, n = 30Ă12 = 360 months

Hereâs a simple example:

This formula assumes a fixed-rate mortgage, where the interest rate remains constant throughout the loan term. And remember, youâll still need to add on taxes, insurance, utilities, and HOA fees if applicable.

### Do You Know Your Texas County Tax Rate?

Knowing your county tax rate is part of calculating your mortgage. Below is a list of property tax rates by county for the State of Texas. Keep in mind, this is not tax advice. These are averages and taxes on a home purchase are confirmed by the title company during each transaction.

County

Median Home Value

Median Annual Property Tax Payment

Average Effective Property Tax Rate

Anderson

\$110,000

\$1,507

1.37%

Andrews

\$153,200

\$1,974

1.29%

Angelina

\$110,500

\$1,760

1.59%

Aransas

\$183,200

\$2,103

1.15%

## How is this Texas mortgage calculator different?

### This Texas mortgage calculator shows your payments with taxes and insurance

The property taxes you contribute are used to finance the services provided by your local government to the community. These services encompass schools, libraries, roads, parks, water treatment, police, and fire departments. Even after your mortgage has been fully paid, you will still need to pay property taxes. If you neglect your property taxes, you run the risk of losing your home to your local tax authority.

Your lender will usually require you to have homeowners insurance while you're settling your mortgage. This is a common practice among lenders because they understand that nobody wants to continue paying a mortgage on a home that's been damaged or destroyed.

Here's an interesting fact: Once you fully own your home, the choice to maintain homeowners insurance is entirely up to you. However, to ensure your home is protected against damages caused by fires, lightning strikes, and natural disasters that are common in Texas, it is highly recommended to keep it. Therefore, always factor in these costs when using a Mortgage Calculator for Texas.

### This Texas mortgage calculator shows your mortgage costs with PMI

PMI, an abbreviation for private mortgage insurance, aids potential homeowners in qualifying for a mortgage without the necessity of a 20% down payment. By opting for a lower down payment and choosing a mortgage with PMI, you can purchase a home sooner, begin accruing equity, and keep cash available for future needs. This can all be calculated using this Texas Mortgage Calculator.

Selecting a mortgage with PMI is a common choice. In fact, the average downpayment for a homebuyer in Texas is only 12.2%

PMI is automatically removed from conventional mortgages once your home equity reaches 22%. Alternatively, you can request the removal of PMI once you've accumulated at least 20% home equity. When planning your mortgage in Texas, consider these factors and use a Mortgage Calculator for Texas for accurate estimations.

### This Texas mortgage calculator includes HOA fees

Homeowners association (âHOAâ) fees are typically charged directly by a homeowners association, but as HOA fees come part and parcel with condos, townhomes, and planned housing developments, theyâre an essential factor to consider when calculating your mortgage costs.

Homes in Texas that share structural elements, such as roofs and walls, or community amenities like landscaping, pools, or BBQ areas, often require homeowners to pay HOA fees for the maintenance of these shared features. It's important to factor in these costs during your budget planning stage, especially considering that HOA fees typically increase annually. The average HOA fee in Texas is around \$255 per month, but this can vary significantly depending on the community and the amenities it offers.

### This calculator comes with Texas specific resources for taking out a mortgage.

Texas Mortgage Resources:

Explore homeownership assistance and down payment assitance programs in Texas: https://www.hud.gov/states/texas/homeownership/buyingprgms

Take a short course to to educate yourself on the homebuying process: https://education.myfirsttexashome.com/

Learn about loan programs for veterans and military members: https://vlb.texas.gov/loans/

## How to reduce your monthly mortgage payments?

The lower the purchase price of the home, the lower your loan amount will be. But if the seller is less than willing to cut you a deal, you have other options.

### Extend the length of your mortgage

The more time you have to pay off the mortgage, the less each monthly mortgage payment will be. (In lender-speak, âextending the length of your mortgageâ is known as âincreasing your loan termâ.) This is why people often choose a 30-year fixed rate mortgage over one with a 15- or 20-year term.

The smaller the amount of your mortgage, the smaller your monthly mortgage payments will be. If youâre able to put at least 20% of the home price towards your down payment, youâll be able to avoid PMI (private mortgage insurance). Even if you canât afford a complete 20% down payment, boosting your down payment will help you get PMI removed sooner. In fact, boosting your down payment by 5% can lower your monthly PMI fees.

### Get a lower interest rate

Increasing your down payment can be one way to help you qualify for a lower interest rate. The amount of your down payment compared to the total amount of the loan is called your loan-to-value ratio (LTV).

Depending on your loan amount, a lower LTV may increase the likelihood of you being offered a low interest rate. If you intend on keeping your home for a while, you could consider buying points to reduce your interest rate. Buying points essentially means you agree to pay more upfront costs in exchange for a lower monthly payment.

If you think you may sell or refinance the home in the first 5-10 years of the mortgage, you could consider an adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM). An ARM offers a lower fixed interest rate for a set introductory periodâtypically 5, 7, or 10 years. Once the set introductory period ends, the interest rate adjusts (interest rate may increase after consummation). The introductory interest rate for ARMs is typically lower than the interest rate for a conventional fixed-rate mortgage which could make it a great way to save on interest if you know you wonât keep the mortgage for long.

If youâre not planning on buying a home for a while, improving your credit score is a tried and true way of increasing your chances of qualifying for a lower interest rate. By reducing your debt-to-income ratio (DTI), lenders will see that you comfortably afford your mortgage and may be more willing to offer a lower interest rate.

## How much home can I afford?

Once again, the easiest way to do this is with a calculator! To know if a home is in your budget, try out our home affordability calculator. This calculator will take a few inputs from you, like income and savings, and let you know the maximum amount of home you can afford.

## Next steps to buying a house in Texas

There are 8 steps to buying a house and by using this calculator youâve completed step 2 (calculating your home affordability) and maybe even step 1 (getting your finances in order).

The next step is getting pre-approved. A mortgage pre-approval with Better Mortgage takes as little as 3-minutes and doesnât impact your credit score. Itâs a free, no-commitment way to see how much home you can buy, the mortgages you qualify for, and the range of interest rates youâll be offered.

If youâre ready to buy a home now, our definitive home buying checklist can walk you through everything you need to know to get the home you want. With your Better Mortgage pre-approval letter in hand, youâll be able to show sellers and real estate agents that you mean businessâgiving you an edge over homebuyers that donât have this kind of proof that theyâre financially ready to purchase. And by working with an agent from Better Real Estate and funding with Better Mortgage, youâll save \$2,000 on closing costs, and save up to \$8,200 on average over the life of your loan.**

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**The average lifetime savings estimate is based on a comparison of the Freddie Mac Primary Mortgage Market Surveyâs (PMMS) 30-year fixed-rate mortgage product with Better Mortgageâs own offered rate for a comparable mortgage product between Jan â20 - Dec â20. PMMS is based on conventional, conforming fully-amortizing home purchase loans for borrowers with a loan-to-value of 80 percent and with excellent credit. Better Mortgageâs offered rate is based on pricing output for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage product with a 30-day lock period for a single-family, owner-occupied residential property and a borrower with excellent (760 FICO) credit and a loan-to-value ratio of 80 percent. Individual savings could vary based on current market rates, property type, loan amount, loan-to-value, credit score, debt-to-income ratio and other variables.