Watercooler: How to calculate a manageable mortgage

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Although mortgage rates continue to reach record lows, the search for a home mortgage to fit the family budget can still prove a challenge.

Several websites offer online calculators with a variety of features designed to help prospective homebuyers gauge monthly mortgage payments:

Bankrate.com • This calculator helps you figure out how much of a mortgage you can afford, at http://bit.ly/XVirD.

Federal Reserve • Supplies basic calculators for determining a fixed-rate or adjustable-rate mortgage, at http://1.usa.gov/OrjCJI.

Homefair.com • Establish the loan amount you can handle using a mortgage affordability calculator, at http://bit.ly/yg0zgb.

Interest.com • Provides calculators for a variety of borrowing scenarios, at http://bit.ly/Hc4mY1.

Mortgage Calculators • Features mortgage calculators, as well as other tools to help with borrowing and additional information on credit-related topics, at http://bit.ly/Ork2Qn.