Home Affordability Calculator

Find out how much home you can afford.

Our home affordability calculator helps you understand how much home you can afford based on your income and other debts.

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30 Years Fixed
Consumer Direct Mortgage, a division of FirstBank (6)
APR
4.190%
Interest Rate
3.250%
Mo. Payment
$1,131
(855) 997-1825 Contact
Consumer Direct Mortgage, a division of FirstBank
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Offer Details

Home Value $250,000
Requested Loan Amount $225,000
Lock Period 30 Days
Down Payment $25,000
Principal and Interest Payments $980
Estimated Mortgage Insurance Payments $151
Total Monthly Mortgage Payment $1,131
Lender Fees $6,187
Lender Credit $0
Total Closing Fees* $6,187
*Other 3rd party fees may apply
Consumer Direct Mortgage, a division of FirstBank
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About the Lender

At Consumer Direct Mortgage, we know that each customer has specific needs, so we strive to meet those specific needs with a wide array of products, investment tools, mortgages and best of all quality service and individual attention.You are our priority and we know that superior service, delivering what was offered, coupled with the lowest overall cost is the way to keep you as a customer for life. In a lending environment where everyone is offering the same core products and programs, we know that we have to separate ourselves with an unwavering commitment to services and delivering the lowest overall total cost to close every day. Our sales and operations team is comprised of veteran Mortgage Professionals that are committed to this philosophy and understand what it takes to get the job done on time and at the agreed upon terms and conditions presented.
Consumer Direct Mortgage, a division of FirstBank
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Lender Reviews

Highly recommend!

Yes, I recommend this lender

Incredibly attentive. An absolute joy to work with. Highly recommend!

By: hk4394 (Milton, FL)

Mikes Refinance

Yes, I recommend this lender

Had a great experience with Consumer Direct. It was a non painful refinance and a great rate. Pat and Jamie were a pleasure to work with and always responded to me in a timely manner, whether it be by email or phone. 2 thumbs up!!!!

By: Anonymous (Boynton Beach, FL)

Mikes Refinance

Yes, I recommend this lender

I had a great experience working with Consumer Direct. Very professional, caring and actually returned my calls right away when I had any questions or concerns about my loan. I would highly recommend this company. (and I got a great rate!!!!) Mike

By: Robinson (Boynton Beach, FL)
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Sebonic Financial (515)
APR
4.329%
Interest Rate
3.375%
Mo. Payment
$1,146
(866) 544-4064 Contact
Sebonic Financial
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Offer Details

Home Value $250,000
Requested Loan Amount $225,000
Lock Period 30 Days
Down Payment $25,000
Principal and Interest Payments $995
Estimated Mortgage Insurance Payments $151
Total Monthly Mortgage Payment $1,146
Lender Fees $6,574
Lender Credit $0
Total Closing Fees* $6,574
*Other 3rd party fees may apply
Sebonic Financial
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About the Lender

Sebonic Financial is a division of Cardinal Financial Company, a full service mortgage banking firm in operation since 1987.  The company is an approved seller/servicer for Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Ginnie Mae. Cardinal is also an approved lending institution for the Department of Housing and Urban Development/Federal Housing Administration and the Department of Veteran Affairs/Veterans Administration with FHAs Direct Endorsement and VA Automatic Lender Authority.  Cardinal is an authorized lender for the USDA/Rural Housing Program, the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency and the New Jersey Mortgage Housing Finance Agency.

 

Cardinal is licensed by the Departments of Banking in many states, mainly in the eastern and southeastern United States.  Its retail and wholesale divisions originate first mortgage loans for qualified borrowers.

Lender Reviews

Very Honest

Yes, I recommend this lender

They met all of their commitments. Totally issue and stress free process.

By: Alan (South Carolina)

FHA Streamline

I initiated a loan with Cardinal/Sebonic in March, 3 months ago. To summarize, I am not at all pleased and feel this company is incredibly slow and at times borderline incompetent. I disclosed a potential credit issue to the loan officer up front and asked that she verify with an underwriter before we proceeded with charging for the appraisal. She checked with a supervisor and was assured there should not be a problem. We then proceeded with the appraisal and on to underwriting. The underwriter would not approve the loan based on the same credit issue that was said to have not been a problem. We then discussed the possibility of doing a non-credit qualifying streamline, however the loan officer stated the FHA seasoning period would be an additional couple of months. I reviewed FHA’s requirements and disagreed, insisting that the loan could proceed and my situation has already met FHA’s seasoning requirements. I elevated the issue to a supervisor who overruled my loan officer’s determination and the loan was allowed to proceed – my takeaway from this is that their loan officers are not well-versed in the products they are selling. My new streamline has been in and out of underwriting at least 3 times that I am aware of – each time the underwriter seems to find a new issue to nitpick – something wasn’t done correctly on the appraisal that they had already reviewed and approved several times prior, a new form needed to be signed, the disclosures were done improperly and instead of not having to bring any money to closing I would need to bring several thousand dollars. In addition, at the beginning of the streamline I was assured that since the underwriter was already familiar with my file we should be able to close in a few weeks – it is now 6 weeks later. My prior loan processor went incognito for several days and only until I again elevated to a supervisor, was my loan re-assigned to someone else. I feel as if I must continuously nag and prompt them to move the loan forward. Due to their consistent lack of meeting deadlines I am now concerned that the loan will not fund before my June payment is due or before my second rate lock expires. It’s no wonder the only way this company can stay in business is that they have the lowest rates. If it weren’t for that single fact, I would have moved on long ago. I they actually close the loan before the end of the month I will elevate my rating, but until then they are a 1-star.

By: Refinance (Shoreline, WA)

New House for a Army Veteran

Yes, I recommend this lender

To Everyone, I want to start off by saying this was my first time buying a house. Due to some disabilities from being in the Army, I never thought I would be able to buy a house. After seeing how low interest rates were with Sebonic/ Cardinal Financial I figured what do I have to lose in trying. With that said, I was informed my 660 score would be enough to qualify me and even if it had dropped to 620, there would be no problem. I was pre qualified for 200k and even a little more if needed. Courtney Burns answered all questions in a very professional response. Now what makes this very exciting for me is the fact that I'm 100% Disabled with VA and not being able to work. This was also due to almost no debt. My agent called and had other questions about how it could really be possible to give such great rates and have no processing fees. Even after call to verify I was continually told that Sebonic by my agent that this was too good to be true and that this was her first time working with an internet finance company and had only worked with local lenders in Asheville NC. (What is kind of funny is the one lender my real estate broker recommended to me pretty much hung up on me when I asked if they would like to match what was given by Sebonic was proposing.) The one thing I would like to mention is that Sebonic does require you to be pro active if you really want to be informed through out the total process. I know there were times Sebonic/ Cardinal wished I would stop calling for updates however; they did comply when asked and there were times I can recall for both Cortney Burns and Wes Putman responded on emails after hours. That made me feel important. Kind of made me feel a little sorry for Wes Putman my final Loan Processor when I saw he was responding around 11pm on a Saturday for one of my questions. There were times I was stressed during the process but who wouldn't for such a big purchase. My agent says she is not going to use them again due to her being left out of the loop and didn't know what was going on. The funny thing is that when we started working with Sebonic, we had both read how there was a big issue with communication on many reviews. We talked about it and the both of us decided that saving between 2k and 3k for processing fees others would charge made it hard not to go with it. We accepted it was worth the pain in making sure we were on target. The part I think my agent forgot is that if she wanted information or had a question she needed to email or call Sebonic. Sebonic didn't really CC her with all the steps going on. They only sent it to me since I was the only one with the information needed. In the end, I was giving updates to my agent on when the close was going to happen. The agent was always playing catchup ........I think it was partly their fault too in that. Lastly, I ended up with a 200k loan at 3.25% rate for 30 year fixed. I know it's going to be one of the best rates I could have ever got. You should know that with that rate, I did not have to pay one penny out of pocket to close on this house. The Seller paid 3% of close or up to 6k. ( VA home buyer please be aware that sellers can pay upto 4% on a VA loan). Well guess what??? It covered all of my inspections...Everything and I mean Everything! Knowing the real cost that could have been out of pocket for me even with a VA loan would have been around 5k. This was a home run for me and to think It's Memorial Day Weekend. What a great weekend to be sitting on my deck cooking out and drinking a beer. Cheers to everyone involved in allowing me to experience owning my first home. Sincerely, Thomas Army Veteran

By: Thomas (Asheville NC)
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15 Years Fixed
Consumer Direct Mortgage, a division of FirstBank (6)
APR
3.306%
Interest Rate
2.875%
Mo. Payment
$1,596
(855) 997-1825 Contact
Consumer Direct Mortgage, a division of FirstBank
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Offer Details

Home Value $250,000
Requested Loan Amount $225,000
Lock Period 30 Days
Down Payment $25,000
Principal and Interest Payments $1,541
Estimated Mortgage Insurance Payments $55
Total Monthly Mortgage Payment $1,596
Lender Fees $2,250
Lender Credit $0
Total Closing Fees* $2,250
*Other 3rd party fees may apply
Consumer Direct Mortgage, a division of FirstBank
Email Lender

About the Lender

At Consumer Direct Mortgage, we know that each customer has specific needs, so we strive to meet those specific needs with a wide array of products, investment tools, mortgages and best of all quality service and individual attention.You are our priority and we know that superior service, delivering what was offered, coupled with the lowest overall cost is the way to keep you as a customer for life. In a lending environment where everyone is offering the same core products and programs, we know that we have to separate ourselves with an unwavering commitment to services and delivering the lowest overall total cost to close every day. Our sales and operations team is comprised of veteran Mortgage Professionals that are committed to this philosophy and understand what it takes to get the job done on time and at the agreed upon terms and conditions presented.
Consumer Direct Mortgage, a division of FirstBank
Email Lender

Lender Reviews

Highly recommend!

Yes, I recommend this lender

Incredibly attentive. An absolute joy to work with. Highly recommend!

By: hk4394 (Milton, FL)

Mikes Refinance

Yes, I recommend this lender

Had a great experience with Consumer Direct. It was a non painful refinance and a great rate. Pat and Jamie were a pleasure to work with and always responded to me in a timely manner, whether it be by email or phone. 2 thumbs up!!!!

By: Anonymous (Boynton Beach, FL)

Mikes Refinance

Yes, I recommend this lender

I had a great experience working with Consumer Direct. Very professional, caring and actually returned my calls right away when I had any questions or concerns about my loan. I would highly recommend this company. (and I got a great rate!!!!) Mike

By: Robinson (Boynton Beach, FL)
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How To Use Home Affordability Calculator

Prospective home buyers should answer the question, "How much home can I afford?" before they begin house hunting. Knowing their spending limit keeps consumers from getting emotionally involved in properties they can't afford. It prevents buyers from wasting their time (and everyone else's) on homes for which they don't qualify. And finally, the process of exploring these limits can help buyers sort out their spending priorities and make smarter financial decisions. This is where affordability calculators come in.

Mortgage Affordability Calculator: How Much Risk?

Most kinds of affordability calculator focus on a single debt-to-income (DTI) ratio. They take the user's gross monthly income (before taxes) and multiply it by a pre-selected DTI, usually something like 36 percent. From that result, they subtract any other payments like auto loans, credit cards and student loans, and what remains is the maximum house payment -- principal, interest, taxes and insurance. However, most personal finance experts believe that even buyers with identical income and debts shouldn't necessarily spend the same amount on a home. There's nothing in most affordability calculators, for example, that accounts for payment shock. Payment shock is the amount of a new housing expense divided by the old housing expense. Most underwriters don't want to see payment shock that exceeds 150 - 200 percent. If a would-be buyer currently rents for $500 a month, it won't necessarily be easy for him or her to get approved for a mortgage with a $2,000 a month payment. Instead, they might be better off with a more conservative scenario.

Users can incorporate their own priorities into their maximum purchase price by using LendingTree's Home Affordability Calculator -- its three scenarios allow them to select a conservative, moderate or aggressive approach and choose their next home based on its calculations. For example, a family with $75,000 a year in gross income, $100 a month in other expenses and $25,000 for a down payment could choose from purchases prices ranging between $281,000 and $413,000 at a 4.00 percent interest rate.

Assumptions: Increasing Accuracy

By clicking the + Assumptions link, users can alter some of the calculations -- inputting actual insurance, tax and homeowners association dues. This allows them to fine-tune their spending limits. In addition, home affordability calculators (and loan officers, real estate agents and mortgage underwriters) don't estimate the effects of considerations like these:

  • Plans to start a family
  • Impending retirement
  • Cash flow needed for a new business
  • Kids heading to college
  • Expensive hobbies
  • Savings goals
  • Kids moving out / graduating college

Consumers can adjust their inputs to factor in these and other items. For example, a family committed to donating ten percent of their income to charity can make sure their new home is affordable by choosing the "conservative" purchase price or by counting that donation in their expenses. And families expecting an increase in income or decrease in expenses -- perhaps the children are finally graduating college or moving out -- can simply choose the "aggressive" scenario or adjust their income upward, giving them a realistic idea of what they can comfortably afford after the blessed event occurs.

Playing Around

Another use for home affordability calculators is seeing how changes in inputs can affect the maximum home price. Suppose the family in the previous example has a $5,000 debt with a $100 a month payment. They can afford a house costing $281,000 to $414,000 at 4.00 percent with $25,000 down. Or they could reduce their down payment to $20,000 and pay off the debt. Which option gets them more house? Answer: Taking $5,000 from their down payment to get rid of the $100 a month expense does increase their purchase price range by more than $10,000. In addition, consumers can use this calculator to see how changes in interest rate and programs affect affordability. If the family above decides on a 5/1 hybrid ARM at 2.75 percent instead of a 30-year fixed loan at 4.00 percent, the maximum price range jumps to $328,000 - $479,000.

Finally, the calculator allows users to see how adjustable rate mortgages (ARMs) can affect home affordability. A 5/1 hybrid ARM might start at 2.75 percent, but what if its lifetime cap is 7.75 percent? At that rate, the maximum price drops to between $220,000 and $318,000. Buyers concerned about affording an ARM in a rising rate environment might want to limit their purchase price to something affordable even at a higher interest rate.