South Carolina mortgage calculator

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

South Carolina housing market

South Carolina, the Palmetto State, has seen home prices rise by 7.9% in the last y...ear, but South Carolina homes are still the 14th most affordable in the country. House expenses in South Carolina such as utilities and insurance are also quite reasonable at just under 19% of monthly income. While the state is known for the charm of Charleston and the vacation homes of Myrtle Beach, it is also known by some for is mythical lake monster, Messie, who resides in Lake Murray.

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$2,159$1,590
Mortgage Rate4.125%3.56%*4.06%*
Total interest paid
$178,737
$70,104
$175,481
Loan Term
30 year fixedYour input
15 year fixed30 year fixed
Monthly Payment$1,599$2,159$1,590
Mortgage Rate4.125%3.56%*4.06%*
Total interest paid
$178,737
$70,104
$175,481
Amortization

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$1,163

South Carolina mortgage and refinance rates today (APR)

Loan typeAverage
rate
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1 year
30-year fixed3.681%
0.0%
1.269%
15-year fixed3.183%
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1.287%
5/1 ARM3.62%
0.0%
1.41%

Today’s rate

3.681%
30-year fixed

Current rates in South Carolina are 3.681% for a 30-year fixed, 3.183% for a 15-year fixed, and 3.62% for a 5/1 adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM).

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South Carolina's first-time home buyer programs

The South Carolina State Housing Finance and Development Authority, SC Housing, offers several loan programs to help qualified first-time home buyers get a mortgage.

Repayable down payment assistance

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Closing cost assistance

What you need to know

In conjunction with the loan programs made available by SC Housing, down payment and closing cost assistance is provided to qualified borrowers. For households earning above 80% of the median area income, repayable assistance up to $6,000 is available. The loan is a second mortgage with a 2%...

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South Carolina's best mortgage lenders

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Average property tax in South Carolina 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 South Carolina. 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
Abbeville County0.58%$92,600
Aiken County0.48%$144,600
Allendale County0.44%$52,100
Anderson County0.59%$142,600
Bamberg County0.6%$65,800
Barnwell County0.54%$76,200
Beaufort County0.52%$305,300
Berkeley County0.55%$184,500
Calhoun County0.47%$103,900
Charleston County0.48%$330,300
Cherokee County0.44%$94,300
Chester County0.58%$88,900
Chesterfield County0.45%$81,200
Clarendon County0.55%$89,900
Colleton County0.58%$84,600
Darlington County0.44%$85,500
Dillon County0.42%$67,200
Dorchester County0.71%$203,900
Edgefield County0.5%$123,000
Fairfield County0.58%$101,100
Florence County0.46%$129,700
Georgetown County0.47%$178,600
Greenville County0.64%$182,300
Greenwood County0.63%$129,400
Hampton County0.86%$75,400
Horry County0.42%$176,400
Jasper County0.6%$130,700
Kershaw County0.47%$119,300
Lancaster County0.56%$187,700
Laurens County0.48%$87,000
Lee County0.63%$69,800
Lexington County0.54%$159,500
Marion County0.53%$75,800
Marlboro County0.51%$60,500
McCormick County0.57%$116,600
Newberry County0.59%$99,700
Oconee County0.45%$160,800
Orangeburg County0.59%$92,800
Pickens County0.51%$154,800
Richland County0.74%$168,200
Saluda County0.58%$93,100
Spartanburg County0.64%$136,500
Sumter County0.57%$123,500
Union County0.62%$75,600
Williamsburg County0.61%$68,400
York County0.62%$199,400

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

How we got here
Monthly payment: What’s behind the numbers used in our mortgage calculator?
How to calculate your mortgage payment
How to use a mortgage payment calculator
Monthly payment: What’s behind the numbers used in our mortgage 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.

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 s...

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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.

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 m...
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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.

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:

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Mortgage monthly payment 101

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.