Definition of "Payment Rate"

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Deborah Nance, Real Estate Agent Pittman & Associates Realtors

The interest rate used to calculate the mortgage payment. The interest rate and the payment rate are often the same, but they need not be. They must be the same if the payment is fully amortizing. If the payment rate is higher than the interest rate, the payment will be more than fully amortizing and, if continued, the loan will pay off before term. If the payment rate is below the interest rate, the payment will be less than fully amortizing and, if continued, the loan will not be fully paid off at term.

 

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