Louisiana mortgage calculator

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

Louisiana housing market

Louisiana, the Pelican State, comes in as the 19th most affordable state in the US,... with the median homeowner spending close to 19% of their income on their homes. While housing prices are on the rise, at 4.2% in 2018, the growth is more moderate than in some hotter markets like Nebraska or Colorado.

Your monthly payment
$1,599
30 year fixed loan term
Monthly payment
Principal & interest

$1,163

Property taxes

Homeowners insurance

Homeowners association (HOA) fees

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Total principal: $240,000

Loan Term
30 year fixedYour input
15 year fixed30 year fixed
Monthly Payment$1,599$2,033$1,431
Mortgage Rate4.125%2.47%*2.87%*
Total interest paid
$178,737
$47,443
$118,236
Loan Term
30 year fixedYour input
15 year fixed30 year fixed
Monthly Payment$1,599$2,033$1,431
Mortgage Rate4.125%2.47%*2.87%*
Total interest paid
$178,737
$47,443
$118,236
Amortization

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Louisiana mortgage and refinance rates today (APR)

Loan typeAverage
rate
Change
1 day
Change
1 year
30-year fixed2.859%
0.006%
1.131%
15-year fixed2.8%
0.185%
0.76%
5/1 ARM2.97%
0.0%
1.26%

Today’s rate

2.859%
30-year fixed

Current rates in Louisiana are 2.859% for a 30-year fixed, 2.8% for a 15-year fixed, and 2.97% for a 5/1 adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM).

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Louisiana's first-time home buyer programs

The Louisiana Housing Corporation offers several loan programs to help qualified first-time home buyers get a mortgage.

LHC Choice Conventional program

State program

Best for

Down payment assistance

Closing cost assistance

What you need to know

Additional down payment and closing cost assistance — up to 6% of the home's purchase price — is available in the Choice Conventional program.

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Average property tax in Louisiana 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 Louisiana. 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
Acadia Parish0.28%$97,500
Allen Parish0.18%$84,800
Ascension Parish0.46%$211,000
Assumption Parish0.33%$114,600
Avoyelles Parish0.18%$90,600
Beauregard Parish0.27%$115,200
Bienville Parish0.29%$76,000
Bossier Parish0.57%$170,400
Caddo Parish0.71%$149,000
Calcasieu Parish0.42%$165,900
Caldwell Parish0.21%$67,800
Cameron Parish0.34%$110,900
Catahoula Parish0.13%$78,700
Claiborne Parish0.24%$74,100
Concordia Parish0.21%$78,500
De Soto Parish0.25%$110,000
East Baton Rouge Parish0.58%$191,200
East Carroll Parish0.52%$68,200
East Feliciana Parish0.19%$124,100
Evangeline Parish0.24%$90,000
Franklin Parish0.19%$83,200
Grant Parish0.28%$93,600
Iberia Parish0.35%$122,600
Iberville Parish0.3%$127,500
Jackson Parish0.31%$84,400
Jefferson Davis Parish0.28%$101,800
Jefferson Parish0.55%$184,500
Lafayette Parish0.51%$188,000
Lafourche Parish0.35%$156,400
LaSalle Parish0.34%$76,700
Lincoln Parish0.5%$145,900
Livingston Parish0.46%$163,200
Madison Parish0.24%$64,100
Morehouse Parish0.41%$84,900
Natchitoches Parish0.37%$114,100
Orleans Parish0.8%$227,800
Ouachita Parish0.45%$151,300
Plaquemines Parish0.38%$165,900
Pointe Coupee Parish0.25%$124,500
Rapides Parish0.43%$142,200
Red River Parish0.17%$85,900
Richland Parish0.18%$86,900
Sabine Parish0.21%$84,200
St. Bernard Parish0.38%$139,200
St. Charles Parish0.52%$185,800
St. Helena Parish0.15%$77,400
St. James Parish0.4%$136,400
St. John the Baptist Parish0.35%$152,800
St. Landry Parish0.18%$109,100
St. Martin Parish0.3%$114,200
St. Mary Parish0.4%$97,000
St. Tammany Parish0.79%$214,300
Tangipahoa Parish0.36%$157,500
Tensas Parish0.2%$62,200
Terrebonne Parish0.33%$151,100
Union Parish0.3%$88,700
Vermilion Parish0.31%$105,700
Vernon Parish0.21%$116,600
Washington Parish0.32%$84,600
Webster Parish0.31%$81,600
West Baton Rouge Parish0.4%$177,000
West Carroll Parish0.14%$79,400
West Feliciana Parish0.44%$209,600
Winn Parish0.23%$72,700

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

How to calculate a mortgage payment

Under "Home price," enter the price (if you're buying) or the current value (if you're refinancing). NerdWallet also has a refinancing calculator.

Under "Down payment," enter the amount of your down payment (if you’re buying) or the amount of equity you have (if refinancing). A down payment is the cash you pay upfront for a home, and home equity is the value of the home, minus what you owe.

On desktop, under "Interest rate" (to the right), enter the rate. Under "Loan term," click the plus and minus signs to adjust the length of the mortgage in years.

On mobile devices, tap "Refine Results" to find the field to enter the rate and use the plus and minus signs to select the "Loan term."

You may enter your own figures for property taxes, homeowners insurance and homeowners association fees, if you don’t wish to use NerdWallet’s estimates. Edit these figures by clicking on the amount currently displayed.

The mortgage calculator lets you click "Compare common loan types" to view a comparison of different loan terms. Click "Amortization" to see how the principal balance, principal paid (equity) and total interest paid change year by year. On mobile devices, scroll down to see "Amortization."

» MORE: What is mortgage amortization?

Formula for calculating a mortgage payment

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 a mortgage calculator helps you

Determining what your monthly house payment will be is an important part of figuring out how much house you can afford. That monthly payment is likely to be the biggest part of your cost of living.

Using NerdWallet’s mortgage calculator lets you estimate your mortgage payment when you buy a home or refinance. You can change loan details in the calculator to run scenarios. The calculator can help you decide:

  • The home loan term length that’s right for you. 30-year fixed-rate mortgage lower your monthly payment, but you’ll pay more interest over the life of the loan. A 15-year fixed-rate mortgage  reduce the total interest you'll pay, but your monthly payment will be higher. c
  • If an ARM is 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. You’ll want to be aware of how much your monthly mortgage payment can change when the introductory rate expires, especially if interest rates are trending higher.
  • If you’re buying too much home. The mortgage payment calculator can give you a reality check on how much you can expect to pay each month, especially when considering all the costs, including taxes, insurance and private mortgage insurance.
  • If you’re putting enough money down. With minimum down payments commonly as low as 3%, 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 may be for you.

How lenders decide how much you can afford to borrow

Mortgage lenders are required to assess your ability to repay the amount you want to borrow. A lot of factors go into that assessment, and the main one is debt-to-income ratio.

Your debt-to-income ratio is the percentage of pretax income that goes toward monthly debt payments, including the mortgage, car payments, student loans, minimum credit card payments and child support. Lenders look most favorably on debt-to-income ratios of 36% or less — or a maximum of $1,800 a month on an income of $5,000 a month before taxes.

» MORE: Calculate your debt-to-income ratio

Typical costs included in a mortgage payment

If your mortgage payment included just principal and interest, you could use a bare-bones mortgage calculator. But most mortgage payments include other charges as well. Here are the key components of the monthly mortgage payment:

  • Principal: This is the amount you borrow. Each mortgage payment reduces the principal you owe.
  • Interest: What the lender charges you to lend 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. You pay about one-twelfth of your annual tax bill with each mortgage payment, and the servicer saves them in an escrow account. When the taxes are due, the loan servicer pays them.
  • Homeowners insurance: Your policy covers damage and financial losses from fire, storms, theft, a tree falling on your house and other bad things. As with property taxes, you pay roughly one-twelfth of your annual premium each month, and the servicer pays the bill when it's due.
  • 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 backed by the Federal Housing Administration.

Typically, when you belong to a homeowners association, the dues are billed directly, and it's not added to the monthly mortgage payment. Because HOA dues can be easy to forget, they're included in NerdWallet's mortgage calculator.

Reducing monthly mortgage payments

The mortgage calculator lets you test scenarios to see how you can reduce the monthly payments:

  • Extend the term (the number of years it will take to pay off the loan). With a longer term, your payment will be lower but you’ll pay more interest over the years. Review your amortization schedule to see the impact of extending your loan.
  • Buy less house. Taking out a smaller loan means a smaller monthly mortgage payment.
  • Avoid paying PMI. With a down payment of 20% or more, you won’t have to pay private mortgage insurance. Similarly, keeping at least 20% equity in the home lets you avoid PMI when you refinance.
  • Get a lower interest rate. Making a larger down payment can not only let you avoid PMI, but reduce your interest rate, too. That means a lower monthly mortgage payment.

Monthly mortgage payments can go up

Your monthly payment can go up over time if:

  • Property taxes or homeowners insurance premiums rise. These costs are included in most mortgage payments.
  • You incur a late payment fee from your mortgage loan servicer.
  • You have an adjustable-rate mortgage and the rate rises at the adjustment period.