Mortgage Rates: APY vs. APR

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mortgage-rates-apy-vs-aprMortgage Rates: We have all seen rates offered as APY or APR. APY means annual percentage yield and APR means annual percentage rate. The different between the two is compounding interest. 


Compounding interest can be interest you earn on-top of interest you already earned, like on certificates of deposit. The more frequently interest is compounded the higher the APY will be.


On mortgages, the rate is interest you pay, just like on deposit products, the more interest is compounded the higher the APY will be. Though in this case you'll end up paying more for a loan that compounds more often. Banks and lending institutions usually publish the APY or APR that makes the rate of return higher in the case of deposit products and lower in the case of loans.


Loan Type
Purchase    Refinance
Location
State/City    Zip Code
Loan Amt Points FICO % Down
  
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in 06101, 0, 740    Sort by:
Lender
APR
Rate
Cost & Fees
Notes
 
PERIOD_FIXED_30YEARS Mortgage Loan from Quicken Loans NMLS #3030
Quicken Loans NMLS #3030
https:https://mortgagerates.icanbuy.com/images/lenderslogos/111724.gif
300000
Purchase
4.500%
4.500%
USD
Quicken Loans NMLS #3030 Logo
NMLS # 3030
08/23/2019
at 0.000 pts
45 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,521
Fees in APR: None
The Better Business Bureau gives Quicken Loans and A+ for customer service.
 
PERIOD_FIXED_30YEARS Mortgage Loan from AimLoan.com
AimLoan.com
https:https://mortgagerates.icanbuy.com/images/lenderslogos/112335.gif
300000
Purchase
3.750%
3.750%
USD
AimLoan.com Logo
NMLS # 2890
State Lic # 13256
08/23/2019
at -0.250 pts
30 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,390
Fees in APR: ($663)
Internet direct lender since 1998. View rates & fees, apply/lock online 24/7
 
PERIOD_FIXED_30YEARS Mortgage Loan from Quicken Loans NMLS #3030
Quicken Loans NMLS #3030
https:https://mortgagerates.icanbuy.com/images/lenderslogos/111724.gif
300000
Purchase
4.500%
4.500%
USD
Quicken Loans NMLS #3030 Logo
NMLS # 3030
08/23/2019
at 0.000 pts
45 day lock rate
Est payment: $1,521
Fees in APR: None
The Better Business Bureau gives Quicken Loans and A+ for customer service.
 

Data provided by Informa Research Services. Payments do not include amounts for taxes and insurance premiums. Click here for more information on rates and product details.





When you compare mortgage rates from different banks make sure you are comparing apples to apples. To make it easier for consumers to compare mortgage loan interest rates, the federal government developed a standard format called an "Annual Percentage Rate" or APR to provide an effective interest rate for comparison shopping purposes.


For mortgage loans, banks usually will quote an APR  but when you are quoted a mortgage rate be sure to ask the mortgage broker or lending institution if the rate is the APR or APY so there are not any nasty surprises when you are about to close on a loan.


Tip: Before closing on a mortgage be sure to ask the mortgage broker, bank or lending institution to provide you a  HUD-1 statement. The HUD-1 will give you a statement of actual charges and adjustments. Having this information before hand will prevent any nasty surprises at the closing.


 
Author: Robert Till
May 30th, 2009