This article was published on: 07/01/2005
Adding it all up
These free calculators are handy tools when you want to help a client understand the benefits of homeownership.
REVIEWED BY KELLY QUIGLEY
Online Calculator Roundup:
Sometimes it’s best to let numbers do the talking. An easy-to-use calculator comes in handy when you want to help buyers understand how much home they can afford, or if you’d like to compare the monthly payments of an adjustable-rate mortgage to a fixed-rate mortgage. Here, we’ll bring you to four free calculator Web sites that make it easy to crunch numbers for real estate-related situations. Use these tools to prepare presentations, to walk potential buyers through their options, or when you want to direct clients to a reliable online source where they can do their own research.
- MicrosoftOffice.com. These calculator templates won’t do all the work for you, but they’ll certainly make your job a lot easier when you’re dealing with more complicated situations, like determining closing costs or a remodeling budget. To download these templates, all you need is Microsoft Excel, version 2000 or later. The main benefit of using one of these calculators is that you can compute the costs with your client and make copies for the record books. By searching the term “calculator” on the home page, you’ll find more than 60 calculators, including a Gain on Home Sale Calculator, a Closing Costs Calculator, a Kitchen Remodel Cost Calculator, and an ARM vs. Fixed Mortgage Comparison.
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