What is a mortgage principal?

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    When you apply for a loan, the amount that the bank approves and lends you is the principal. You need to pay back this amount in a certain amount of time agreed upon between you and the lender. The principal does not include any other fees, taxes, interest, or insurance. It is the actual balance of the loan. 

    However, apart from the principal, you don’t just pay back the principal, but also the interest (the cost of borrowing that the lender charges), property taxes, insurance, closing, and other upfront fees. Apart from this, you also need to make a down payment of a percentage of the home value which could range from 3%-20 % depending on the type of loan you qualify for.

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