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What does PITI stand for?

Principal, Interest, Taxes, & Insurance



Consider PITI when determining how much house you can afford.  Most online calculators only calculate P&I which can mislead some buyers into thinking they can manage to pay for more home than they can actually afford.   Below is PITI  defined:

Principal-The amount borrowed or remaining unpaid. The part of the monthly payment that reduces the remaining balance of a mortgage.

Interest- The interest charged on a loan used to purchase a residence. (Not the same as MIP or PMI which protects the lender in case of default)  

Taxes- Local tax assessed on property owned. Usually federal income tax-deductible.

Insurance– An insurance policy that combines personal liability insurance and hazard insurance coverage for a dwelling and its contents. Hazard Insurance- coverage that in the event of physical damage to a property from fire, wind, vandalism, or other hazards. Liability Insurance– coverage that offers protection against claims alleging that a property owner’s negligence or inappropriate action resulted in bodily injury or property damage to another party.)

PITI reserves

A cash amount that a borrower must have on hand after making a down payment and paying all closing costs for the purchase of a home. The principal, interest, taxes, and insurance (PITI) reserves must equal the amount that the borrower would have to pay for PITI for a predefined number of months.

If you are considering buying a home don’t forget to consider Taxes & Insurance into your monthly budget!

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