It is useful to know details of New Hampshire recurring home loan payments to properly budget for home ownership costs. The acronym PITI is often used to remember the components, which are principal, interest, taxes, and insurance. All mortgages do not necessarily include each of these. It can vary based on your specific program.

Details Of Recurring Home Loan Payments

Principal Payments

Principal is essentially the balance of your loan. For most loans, a portion of your monthly payment is allocated towards reducing the balance, although there can be exceptions to this such as interest only loans. In the first few years of payments, very little of the payment will go towards principal, but this increases over time.

Loan Interest

Interest is the fee billed by lenders for use of money they lend. The interest rate is typically a yearly rate but charged in monthly increments according to the balance of the loan. Depending on the loan program, the rate will remain the same for the full life of the loan or it can fluctuate at specific periods of time.

Municipal Taxes

Taxes are levied by New Hampshire based on the assessed value of real estate. The amounts are quoted yearly but typically due quarterly or twice a year. Overdue taxes will be a lien on a property and supersede mortgage liens. Many lenders will, therefore, ask borrowers to put aside money into an escrow account to guarantee that the bills are paid. Those funds are collected in monthly increments by the lender as part of the regular monthly payment. The bank then pays the taxes directly rather than relying on the homeowner to do so. It is a way of protecting their interests in a home.


There are different types of insurance that can apply to a home. Hazard is typically a requirement and mortgage insurance varies based on the specific loan. Both can be part of monthly mortgage payments.

Hazard insurance protects against hazards such as fire. Lenders require this insurance since the home is collateral on the mortgage. Insurance premiums are payable on an annual basis and most will require funds be put into escrow (similar to tax escrow). They will then pay the premiums directly to make sure the policy remains active.

Mortgage insurance is common on financing higher than eighty percent of the property value or sale price. It protects the mortgage company against losses. Lenders estimate that they will not recover the full balance owed to them if it forecloses, so the mortgage insurance covers some of their loss. Even though it benefits the lender, it is charged to the borrower.

Understanding New Hampshire Recurring Home Loan Payments

Not all financing is structured the same and therefore not all New Hampshire recurring home loan payments will include each of the above items. There may be additional monthly charges such as condo fees, which are not collected by mortgage companies but are an important consideration in calculating total monthly housing cost. Keep in mind that exact amounts are determined by a specific property and interest rate, so any up-front estimates will likely change.To obtain an estimate on what may be included in your mortgage payments, contact Donna DuFour at Accurate Title via phone at 800-639-4405 or email