07-02-2012 06:58 PM
Chase is giving me 3.5% on my home loan to close next month. Yet when I look at their Truth In Lending Disclosures, the APR is 4.454%.
Wells Fargo is giving me (I'm comparing loans before I pay and do the final app) 3.625%, but their APR is 4.5171%.
Even with daily compounding, I don't think it should be that high.
What I not understanding?
07-02-2012 07:08 PM
This is an FHA loan 30 year fixes, btw.
07-02-2012 09:10 PM - edited 07-02-2012 09:11 PM
I think that law should apply to literally everything for sale.
07-02-2012 10:27 PM
APR does matter. It helps you figure out which loan is cheapest when comparing multiple loans from different lenders and or rates with points and such.
07-03-2012 06:52 AM - edited 07-03-2012 06:54 AM
Don't confuse APR with interest rate. Your interest rate is simply the interest based off of the principal. The apr is a reflection of the total cost of the loan, including fees and mortgage insurance. APR seems to matter a lot more with conventional loans but with FHA loans, all the costs are pretty uniform from bank to bank so it's less important to look at. FHA interest rates will vary bank to bank (in a smaller range than conventional) and the apr will be different to reflect different interest rates but you won't find 2 banks offering the same FHA interest rate with completely different apr's.
apr ≠ interest
07-03-2012 06:59 AM
Actually I have seen the cost vary tremendously from lender to lender on FHA loans.
You are right that the APR reflects the cost of the loan. Each lender has their own charges and fees. The new HUD is supposed to keep the lenders from quoting low costs in the beginning and jacking up the fees at closing.
So yes, the APR matters. It is supposed to make it easier for the consumer to compare charges and fees on each of the loans.