loan calculator
loan calculator

Without borrowing, many of us would not be able to buy a home or car, or afford higher education. In fact, mortgages, auto loans, and other types of credit can help us move forward and achieve important goals in life.

The cost of a loan depends on the type of loan, lender, market conditions, and your credit rating and income. Borrowers with the highest credit ratings usually get the best interest rates. Before buying any loan, do some research on your credit score and check your credit report to make sure it’s accurate. You can check your credit report and credit score for free on Bankrate.

All loans are either secured or unsecured. Secured loans require the borrower to use assets as collateral to provide loan security to the lender. A car loan is an example of a secured loan. If you fail to pay for the car, the lender will repossess the car. Unsecured loans do not require collateral. Most personal loans are unsecured.

When looking for a loan, it is best to use a loan calculator. A calculator can help narrow down your search for a home or car by showing you how much you can afford each month. It can help you compare borrowing costs and see how interest rate differences affect your payments, especially mortgages.


The right loan calculator will show you the total cost of the loan in APR or APR. Loan calculators can answer many questions and help you make good financial decisions.

Below are the most common types of credit and some details on loan calculators that can help you.


Mortgage Calculator gives you a monthly payment estimate after you enter your house price, down payment, interest rate and loan term. Use the calculator to evaluate different scenarios. You may find that you need to adjust your down payment to make your monthly payments affordable. You can also see a loan amortization schedule or how to reduce your debt over time with monthly principal and interest payments. If you want to pay off your mortgage before the end of the loan term, you can use a calculator to figure out how much you’ll need to pay each month to reach your goal.

Other mortgage calculators can answer a variety of questions: What is your DTI or debt-to-income ratio? This is the percentage that lenders use to estimate your debt load. Should you take out a 15-year or 30-year mortgage? Fixed rate or variable rate?


It’s important to get the right numbers before buying a home, as a mortgage is a secured loan secured by the home itself. If you miss your monthly payments, the lender can notify you and take it with you.

Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC)

A HELOC is a home equity loan similar to a credit card. You will get a line of credit that you can use to repay the loan. Interest rates are usually variable and linked to indices such as prime rates. Our home calculator can answer questions such as: B: Should you apply for a home equity loan? If yes, how much can you borrow? Would you rather buy a one-time equity loan or a HELOC? How long does it take to repay the loan?

Housing Loans

Home equity loans, sometimes called secondary mortgages, are for homeowners who want to borrow some of their assets to pay for renovations, dream vacations, college tuition, or other expenses. A home equity loan is a one-time, lump-sum repayment at a fixed rate, usually over 5 to 20 years. Bankrate’s Equity Calculator helps you determine how much you can borrow based on your creditworthiness and LTV or loan-to-value ratio. This is the difference between the value of your home and the amount you owe.


Personal loan

A personal loan is an unsecured loan that is repaid at a fixed interest rate over a period of time. It’s a flexible loan because it can be used to consolidate debt, pay off high-interest credit cards, make home improvements, pay for a wedding or vacation, buy a boat, RV, or other large purchases. Personal loan calculators allow you to estimate monthly repayments based on loan amount, interest rate, repayment time, credit score and income.

Student Loans

Student loans are unsecured loans from federal or private lenders. Borrowers must be eligible for private student loans. If you don’t have an established credit history, you may not be able to find the best loan. Bankrate’s student loan calculator shows you how long it will take to pay off your loan and how much interest you will need. College Savings Calculator helps you set saving goals for the future

Car loan

A car loan is a secured loan for the purchase of a car. A car loan calculator lets you estimate monthly payments, see the total interest you’ll pay, and a loan amortization schedule. The calculator does not take into account costs such as taxes, documentation fees and automatic registration. Add about 10% to your estimate.

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Jake Smith

He is the editor of Eragoncred. Previously, he was editor-in-chief of Eragoncred and a financial industry reporter. Jake has spent most of his career as a Digital Media journalist and has over 10 years of experience as a writer and editor.