How much is the average mortgage?

The average national monthly mortgage payment in the United States was $1,687 in mid 2006. By contrast the average rent was roughly $890. ===What is a mortgage=== A mortgage is the amount of money borrowed from the bank to purchase a house or other real property. The monthly payment amount varies based on: *Total amount borrowed *Length of the mortgage (A standard length is 30 years but can be anything) *Interest Rate (Fixed or variable, market rate and credit history) *Escrow requirements (Based on taxes and insurance and how much money you put down to start with) *Other terms (Balloon mortgage)