How Much Will a $250,000 Mortgage Cost per Month?

By Emma Diehl · August 11, 2023 · 8 minute read

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How Much Will a $250,000 Mortgage Cost per Month?

When buying a house, many of us get caught up in the down payment and other large upfront costs. It’s important to factor in the long-term costs associated with a $250,000 mortgage, which includes the monthly mortgage payment.

Just how much will that payment be each month? Read to learn the monthly cost of a $250K mortgage.

Total Cost of a $250K Mortgage

Homebuyers have some large expenses to deal with before making mortgage payments. Both upfront costs and long-term expenses should factor into figuring out how much house you can afford.

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Upfront Costs

Upfront costs associated with buying a home are more than just the earnest money and down payment. A buyer can expect to pay closing costs, including some or all of the following:

•   Abstract and recording fees associated with the documentation of a property, which can cost from between $200 to $1,200 and $125, respectively.

•   Application fees for a mortgage from the lender, which can cost up to $500.

•   Appraisal fees to estimate the home’s value for the lender, which could cost between $300 to $400.

•   Home inspection fees if the buyer opts for an inspection of the property before buying, can run between $300 to $500 on average.

•   Title search and title insurance fees are required to ensure there are no liens or unexpected claims to the property being purchased. This usually costs between $75 to $200.

These fees before and during closing don’t include the down payment. The median down payment on a house is 13%, but to avoid things like private mortgage insurance, a buyer may have to put down as much as 20% of the home’s purchase price.

A buyer who takes out a $250K mortgage and makes a 20% down payment is likely putting in around $62,500. In addition to the down payment and closing costs, keep in mind expenses around moving and furnishing a new home.


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Long-Term Costs

You’ll pay down the principal plus interest on your loan over the long term, with a higher proportion of interest in your monthly payments early in the life of the loan. Near the end of your loan term, you’ll be paying almost entirely principal.

If you put down less than 20% on your home, you may also be paying private mortgage insurance (PMI) each month. Here are some other long-term costs:

•   Maintenance Homeowners should factor in the cost of maintenance and repairs in their long-term housing budget. Many owners default to the 1% rule, setting aside 1% of a home’s purchase price annually for ongoing repair costs.

•   Property taxes These vary based on your location but can be thousands of dollars a year.

•   Homeowners association (HOA), co-op, or condo fees These also vary, but you will know what they are before you close on the property.

•   Insurance Depending on where your home is located, you may need hazard insurance to cover you in the event of a natural disaster, in addition to standard homeowners insurance.

Recommended: First-Time Homebuyer Guide

Estimated Monthly Payments on a $250K Mortgage

The monthly cost of a $250K mortgage payment will vary based on several factors, including:

•   Down payment, or how much a buyer puts down when purchasing a home

•   Length of loan, or the timeline in which a buyer agrees to pay off their mortgage

•   APR, the annual percentage rate of the mortgage

Breaking things down further, the terms can also influence the monthly payments on a $250K mortgage. Buyers can choose between a:

•   Fixed-rate mortgage, where they pay the same APR over the life of the loan.

•   Adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM), where buyers typically pay a lower rate at the beginning of the loan, but the APR will change over the life of the loan.

How you choose from among the different types of home mortgage loans will depend on your financial goals and qualifications.

Monthly Payment Breakdown by APR and Term

What interest rate a buyer will get when applying for a mortgage depends on the market and their financial history. The length of the loan can also impact the estimated monthly mortgage payment. A 30-year loan will have lower monthly payments but you will pay significantly more interest over the life of the loan:

Interest rate

15-year term

30-year term

3.00% $1,726 $1,054
3.5% $1,787 $1,122
4% $1,849 $1,193
4.5% $1,912 $1,266
5% $1,976 $1,342
5.5% $2,043 $1,419
6% $2,110 $1,499
6.5% $2,178 $1,580
7% $2,247 $1,663

As a reminder, these estimates do not include additional costs that might be included in monthly payments, like insurance and property taxes. Consider using a mortgage calculator to figure out monthly payments based on personalized annual percentage rate (APR) and terms.

How Much Interest Is Accrued on a $250K Mortgage?

How much interest a homeowner will accrue on a $250K mortgage depends on the APR and terms of the loan. As a general rule of thumb:

•   The higher the APR, the more interest paid

•   The longer the loan, the more interest paid

In the beginning, monthly mortgage payments will primarily cover the interest on the mortgage, paying only a small portion of the principal. However, over the life of the loan, the homeowner begins to pay more toward the principal and less in interest.

For example, on a $250K mortgage with a 30-year loan term and 4% APR, a buyer can expect to pay $179,673.77 in interest over the life of the loan. For a $250K mortgage with a 15-year loan term and 4% APR, a buyer will pay $82,859.57 in interest.

While the owner will pay less in interest with a shorter loan term, they can expect higher monthly payments than a 30-year loan term.


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$250K Mortgage Amortization Breakdown

Suppose a buyer secures a $250K mortgage on a home with a 7% rate and a 15-year term. Their monthly payment on the mortgage, including principal and interest, would be roughly $2,247.

Here’s how those payments would split between interest and principal balance over the life of the loan, otherwise known as an amortization breakdown:

Year

Beginning balance

Annual interest paid

Annual principal paid

Ending balance

1 $250,000 $17,190 $9,774 $240,226
2 $240,226 $16,484 $10,481 $229,744
3 $229,744 $15,726 $11,239 $218,506
4 $218,506 $14,914 $12,051 $206,454
5 $206,454 $14,042 $12,922 $193,532
6 $193,532 $13,108 $13,857 $179,675
7 $179,675 $12,107 $14,858 $164,817
8 $164,817 $11,032 $15,932 $148,885
9 $148,885 $9,881 $17,084 $131,801
10 $131,801 $8,646 $18,319 $113,482
11 $113,482 $7,321 $19,643 $93,838
12 $93,838 $5,901 $21,063 $72,775
13 $72,775 $4,379 $22,586 $50,189
14 $50,189 $2,746 $24,219 $25,970
15 $25,970 $995 $25,970 $0

Keep in mind that this table doesn’t include additional costs that may be rolled into mortgage payments, such as insurance or property taxes.

Amortization tables can be helpful tools for understanding payments across the life of a mortgage.

What Is Required to Get a $250K Mortgage?

The process of getting a $250K mortgage has several requirements, including:

•   You’ll need a credit score of at least 500 for some mortgages, but most lenders require a score of 620 or more

•   You’ll prequalify for a mortgage. You’ll provide a little information about yourself and the lender will perform a soft credit inquiry. This will give you a sense of what the lender might offer in terms of interest rate.

•   You’ll find the right lender. The right lender for a borrower will vary based on the rates they offer, in addition to other fees and features.

•   You’ll fill out a mortgage application and get preapproved for your mortgage. The application may require tax documents, W-2s, and bank account statements. If you’re preapproved, you’ll receive a letter from the lender providing conditional approval for the mortgage within a certain window, typically 60 to 90 days. SoFi’s Help Center can help you start your journey to homeownership today.

The Takeaway

Considering monthly payments on a $250,000 mortgage is an important step in understanding the budget behind buying a home. Multiple factors can impact the monthly cost, including interest rate and loan terms, making it essential to consider all options and make the choice that best suits your budget.

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FAQ

What’s the monthly payment on a $250K mortgage?

The size of your payment will depend primarily on the length of the loan’s term and its interest rate. A 15-year term at 7% would give you a monthly payment of about $2,247, while a 30-year term at 7% would yield a payment of $1,663. Note that although the 30-year term has a lower monthly payment, you’ll pay significantly more in interest over the lifetime of the loan.

How long will it take to pay off a $250K mortgage?

How long it takes to pay off a $250,000 mortgage will depend on the term of your loan and whether you refinance along the way. You might have a loan term of 30, 20, 15, or even 10 years. And remember, you can always pay off your loan sooner if you like, although in rare cases there can be a prepayment penalty.

How much do I need to earn to get a $250K mortgage?

You’d need to earn about $90,000 per year in order to afford a $250,000 mortgage, so that your monthly debt payments don’t cause undue financial stress.


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