# Rate

Definition

- An amount of a charge, either expressed as a percentage of, or a fee relative to some basis.
- In relation to mortgage, it is the percentage paid by a borrower for the use of money which is generally expressed as an annual percentage.

**Synonyms**

mortgage rate, interest rate

## Related Terms and Acronyms

- Amortization Table — Definition,
- A mathematical formula used to calculate monthly mortgage payments based on the borrowed loan amount, the interest rate, and the loan term.

- Bank Spread — Definition,
- The difference between the interest rate a bank charges a borrower and the interest rate a bank pays a depositor.

- Capitalization Rate — Definition,
- An estimated percentage rate of return that a property will produce on the owner's investment.

- Interest (IN, int) — Acronym & Abbreviation,
- Money paid for the use of borrowed funds, usually expressed as an annual percentage.

➥ Bank account transaction code. - Interest Rate (IR) — Acronym,
**Very Important**,- The rate a lender charges an individual to borrow money.

- Monthly Periodic Rate — Definition,
- The interest rate factor used to calculate the interest charges on a monthly basis. The factor equals the yearly rate divided by 12.

- Mortgage Rate — Definition,
**Very Important**,- The interest rate on a mortgage loan.

➥ You can compare mortgage rates using this website by clicking 'Rates' above. - Note Rate — Definition,
- The percentage paid by a borrower for the use of money, usually expressed as an annual percentage on a promissory note.

- Point — Definition,
- A point equals 1 percent of a mortgage loan. Some lenders charge "origination points" to cover expenses of making a loan. Some borrowers pay "discount points" to reduce the loan's interest rate.

- Rate Lock-in — Definition,
- A written agreement in which the lender guarantees the borrower a specified interest rate, provided the loan closes within a set period of time.

- Variable Rate Mortgage (VRM) — Acronym,
**Very Important**,- Home loan in which the interest rate is changed periodically based on a standard financial index. Also called an "Adjustable-rate Mortgage."

➥ A type of mortgage loan offered by brokers and lenders.