Property Value
You likely won't have done an appraisal of your property, so make this a best-guess effort. Take a look at some other homes in your area that have recently sold and find ones that are comparable to yours. Once you look at a few of those homes, you should start to get a broad sense of what your home is worth. Put what you think your home is worth in this field.
Mortgage Balance
Enter your current mortgage balance. This number should be the amount that will pay off your loan. You can frequently get the dollar value to enter here by looking for your mortgage payoff statement. Most banks will let you get it online. However, some banks will require you to call in to get a copy of this statement. If you don't have this number handy, you can always estimate it using the current balance as of your last mortgage statement. An approximation is typically good enough to understand if refinancing will save you money or not.
Cash Out
If you're doing a cash out refinance, enter the amount of money you'd like to receive in this field on our refinance calculator. A cash-out mortgage lets you take some of your home equity as cash, in addition to paying off your loan. For example, let's say you owe $250,000 on a $500,000 home. You could refinance that $250,000 and take an extra $50,000 cash to make your new mortgage $300,000 total. Taking money out frequently helps with consolidating debt.
Monthly Payment
Our refinance calculator will use the information you have provided to calculate your monthly payment. This amount represents the total you will pay every month - including interest and principal. When you refinance, you can also opt to have the bank pay your property taxes and homeowners' insurance as part of escrow. If you elect to do that, your monthly payment will include these components as well.
Loan Closing Date
The loan closing date reflects the month in which your loan will finalize, and the bank will transfer the money to escrow for purchasing the property. In particular, the loan closing date is the first day where your loan begins to accrue interest. As such, all interest calculations, principal calculations, and monthly payments start as of this day.
Loan Payoff Date
Your loan payoff date is the month in which you will reduce your mortgage balance down to zero. The refinance calculator will give you this date assuming that you make each monthly payment. If you can, though, you may wish to pay a little bit more each month (even if it's just $10, it can make a difference over the life of the loan). If you do so, you'll pay your refinanced mortgage off faster!
Total Interest Paid
The bank will charge interest on the loan balance. The "Total Interest Paid" field of the refinance calculator reflects the total amount of interest you'll pay in addition to the principal. This money is "lost" in the sense that it does not go towards building equity. The interest amount plus the principal is the total amount you'll pay over the life of the loan. As a quick example, suppose you have a loan for $200,000. The calculator determines that you'll pay $50,000 in interest. The total sum of all your payments will be $250,000 - the amount needed to pay off the principal in full and the accrued interest.