Arkansas mortgage calculator

Use our free mortgage calculator to estimate your monthly mortgage payment, your principal and interest, taxes, insurance, and PMI in Arkansas. See how your monthly payment changes by making updates to your home price, down payment, interest rate, and loan term.

Arkansas housing market

Housing is relatively affordable in Arkansas, The Natural State. Even though average income levels trail the U.S. average, Arkansans spend ~17% of income on housing costs - which is less than the national average. Average housing prices have been increasing in recent years, similar to overall U.S. market trends. Fayetteville, home of the University of Arkansas Razorbacks, has among the highest home prices in Arkansas.

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Loan Term
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15 year fixed30 year fixed
Monthly Payment$1,599$2,140$1,553
Mortgage Rate4.125%3.4%*3.79%*
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Loan Term
30 year fixedYour input
15 year fixed30 year fixed
Monthly Payment$1,599$2,140$1,553
Mortgage Rate4.125%3.4%*3.79%*
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Arkansas mortgage and refinance rates today (APR)

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30-year fixed3.824%
15-year fixed3.274%
5/1 ARM3.569%

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30-year fixed

Current rates in Arkansas are 3.824% for a 30-year fixed, 3.274% for a 15-year fixed, and 3.569% for a 5/1 adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM).

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Average property tax in Arkansas counties

Taking U.S. Census data, NerdWallet has crunched the numbers to help you understand what property tax rate you can expect to pay on your future home in Arkansas. Because assessed values aren’t frequently updated, you may pay a higher rate at first but eventually you’ll pay a similar rate.

CountyAvg. property tax rateAvg. home value
Arkansas County0.54%$80,300
Ashley County0.63%$68,200
Baxter County0.54%$124,400
Benton County0.75%$180,500
Boone County0.55%$116,600
Bradley County0.53%$74,300
Calhoun County0.56%$71,000
Carroll County0.7%$121,100
Chicot County0.63%$63,000
Clark County0.56%$95,000
Clay County0.48%$70,000
Cleburne County0.51%$127,000
Cleveland County0.49%$87,200
Columbia County0.56%$76,200
Conway County0.54%$98,700
Craighead County0.6%$137,500
Crawford County0.62%$112,500
Crittenden County0.71%$106,300
Cross County0.56%$79,400
Dallas County0.35%$64,500
Desha County0.71%$56,700
Drew County0.51%$93,200
Faulkner County0.6%$165,200
Franklin County0.59%$90,600
Fulton County0.45%$91,300
Garland County0.52%$140,400
Grant County0.51%$123,500
Greene County0.61%$110,400
Hempstead County0.37%$76,200
Hot Spring County0.57%$88,900
Howard County0.5%$94,100
Independence County0.61%$104,400
Izard County0.58%$79,400
Jackson County0.35%$61,300
Jefferson County0.63%$85,800
Johnson County0.44%$95,400
Lafayette County0.28%$65,900
Lawrence County0.44%$77,100
Lee County0.27%$67,100
Lincoln County0.54%$66,100
Little River County0.5%$72,400
Logan County0.47%$90,400
Lonoke County0.64%$143,300
Madison County0.42%$108,500
Marion County0.56%$117,300
Miller County0.67%$108,500
Mississippi County0.6%$81,400
Monroe County0.57%$54,500
Montgomery County0.39%$96,900
Nevada County0.5%$62,700
Newton County0.39%$91,600
Ouachita County0.56%$67,900
Perry County0.49%$99,100
Phillips County0.45%$67,100
Pike County0.47%$78,600
Poinsett County0.54%$78,200
Polk County0.44%$87,100
Pope County0.59%$126,100
Prairie County0.51%$65,300
Pulaski County0.86%$156,300
Randolph County0.42%$81,500
Saline County0.66%$154,100
Scott County0.34%$69,800
Searcy County0.26%$89,700
Sebastian County0.63%$124,700
Sevier County0.46%$75,400
Sharp County0.48%$79,900
St. Francis County0.44%$61,900
Stone County0.37%$107,300
Union County0.54%$79,900
Van Buren County0.52%$98,900
Washington County0.67%$172,200
White County0.49%$118,400
Woodruff County0.65%$63,700
Yell County0.59%$100,300

Source: American Communities Survey 2016, U.S. Census

What’s included in a mortgage loan calculator?

A mortgage calculator used to look kind of like your grandfather’s cell phone. A bunch of buttons, a little screen and a lot of punching in numbers to get a result. The NerdWallet home mortgage calculator is different. It can calculate your monthly mortgage payment in no time.

Any good home mortgage calculator can do that. Even that big calculator stuffed in your grandpa’s shirt pocket. But an excellent mortgage payment calculator can do more. That’s why the NerdWallet monthly mortgage payment calculator also takes into account the additional costs — like taxes and insurance — that are included in your monthly payment. It’s called a PITI mortgage calculator, for principal, interest, taxes and insurance. We can also include HOA dues and PMI — private mortgage insurance — in your monthly payment calculation.

A lot of folks forget to include all those costs and are frankly a bit surprised when their monthly mortgage payment turns out to be a lot more than they counted on. The formula working behind the curtain of the NerdWallet mortgage calculator takes that bit of uncertainty out of the picture.

How to calculate your mortgage payment

For the paper and pencil mathletes out there, the mortgage payment calculation looks like this:

M = P [ i(1 + i)^n ] / [ (1 + i)^n – 1]

The variables are as follows:

  • M = monthly mortgage payment
  • P = the principal amount
  • i = your monthly interest rate. Your lender likely lists interest rates as an annual figure, so you’ll need to divide by 12, for each month of the year. So, if your rate is 5%, then the monthly rate will look like this: 0.05/12 = 0.004167.
  • n = the number of payments over the life of the loan. If you take out a 30-year fixed rate mortgage, this means: n = 30 years x 12 months per year, or 360 payments.

How to use a mortgage payment calculator

Determining what your monthly house payment will be is an important part of the “how much house can I afford?” decision. That monthly payment is likely to be the biggest part of your living overhead.

Using this tool to calculate your mortgage payment can help you run various scenarios in your decision process for buying a home. You may consider:

  • How long of a home loan term is right for you? A 30-year fixed-rate mortgage will lower your monthly payment, but you’ll pay more interest over the life of the loan. A 15-year fixed-rate mortgage can reduce the total interest you’ll pay, but your monthly payment will be higher. Regardless of which term you choose, fixed-rate mortgages have interest rates that are locked in for the life of the loan.
  • Is an ARM a good option? Adjustable-rate mortgages start with a “teaser” interest rate, and then the loan rate changes — higher or lower — over time. A 5/1 ARM can be a good choice, particularly if you plan on being in a home for just a few years or so. You’ll want to be aware of how much your monthly mortgage payment can change, especially if interest rates are trending higher.
  • If you’re buying too much home. The NerdWallet mortgage payment calculator can help you take a reality check on just how much home you can afford, especially when considering your all-in costs, including taxes, insurance and PMI.
  • Are you putting enough money down? With minimum down payments commonly as low as 3% these days, it’s easier than ever to put just a little money down. The mortgage payment calculator can help you decide what the best down payment for you may be.

What are the monthly costs built into a monthly mortgage payment?

If your mortgage payment included just principal and interest, you could use a bare-bones mortgage calculator. But that’s rarely the case these days. There are a lot of costs that can be built into a monthly mortgage payment. Here are the five key components in play when you calculate mortgage payments:

  • Principal: Typically, this would be the home’s purchase price, less any down payment It’s the amount you borrow. If you’re buying a $500,000 home and put down $100,000, the principal would be $400,000.
  • Interest: What the lender charges you to loan you the money. Interest rates are expressed as an annual percentage.
  • Property taxes: The annual tax assessed by a government authority on your home and land.
  • Mortgage insurance: If your down payment is less than 20% of the home’s purchase price, you’ll likely pay mortgage insurance. It protects the lender’s interest in case a borrower defaults on a mortgage. Once the equity in your property increases to 20%, the mortgage insurance is canceled, unless you have an FHA loan.
  • Homeowners association (HOA) fee: This is paid by homeowners to an organization that assists with upkeep, property improvements and shared amenities.

Can I lower my monthly payment?

This is where a mortgage calculator can really bring some clarity to the home buying process: by helping you to work different payment scenarios.

Here are ways you can lower your monthly payment:

  • Extend the number of years for the loan. It’s called the loan term, something we mentioned above. As we said, your payment will be lower but you’ll be paying a lot more interest over the added years. Review your amortization schedule to see the impact of extending your loan.
  • Buy less house. Obviously, taking out a smaller loan means a smaller monthly mortgage payment.
  • Avoid paying PMI. By putting down 20% or more, you won’t have to pay private mortgage insurance. That can be another option to consider as you run “what ifs” in the mortgage calculator tool. However, if you’re looking at FHA loans, mortgage insurance can last for the entire length of the loan.
  • Get a better interest rate. Putting more money down not only can eliminate PMI, but lower your interest rate, too. That means a lower monthly mortgage payment. Shopping at least three lenders can also increase your odds of getting a better mortgage interest rate.

Can my monthly payment go up?

Now, you’ve calculated your monthly mortgage payment and you’ve got a number you’re happy with. What could make your payment go up from there:

  1. If you have an adjustable-rate mortgage, as we mentioned above.
  2. If costs included in your mortgage payment, such as property taxes or homeowners insurance premiums, go up. And they will, eventually.
  3. If your mortgage loan servicer charges a late payment fee.