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Subprime Mortgages


Understanding What a Subprime Mortgage Means for You

It’s important to be able to have access to getting a mortgage. Sometimes this can be difficult for people who have poor credit histories. If you have some issues with your credit history or if you have yet to establish a good record of credit, you may find some difficulties when attempting to get a mortgage. You can still potentially do business with subprime lenders, though.

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Understanding Your Options

It is possible to seek out a subprime mortgage. What these types of mortgages are is a way for people with bad credit history to potentially be allowed to purchase homes. When a person has a bad credit history, it makes him or her more of a risk to do business with in the eyes of lenders. Due to this, the terms of this type of loan are not as lenient as a traditional loan would be.

Subprime loans will have higher interest rates attached to them. There are often even higher fees that these companies will take on as part of the agreement. This is seen as a way to mitigate any potential damages of doing business with someone who hasn’t proven to be reliable with paying back loans in the past. It might sound to be a pretty negative thing when you first look at it but making use of a sub prime lender is an option for people in a bad situation to get a home.

Sub prime mortgages are certainly riskier for both the buyer and the lender. It’s understandable that certain precautions would be put in place to protect the subprime lender in case things go badly. Most people will seek these loans with the full knowledge that the terms aren’t incredible. It can be the only recourse for someone who is attempting to rebuild his or her credit score.

Your Best Loan Options

When dealing with subprime lending businesses, it is still important to seek out the best deal possible. You can wind up putting yourself in a good situation if you can get an interest-only loan. This will allow you to just pay the interest on your loan for several years and you won’t have to touch the principal. Having a loan such as this is one of the most agreeable options that you can hope for when your credit history is very rough.

There are a few other types of subprime finance options that you might see being offered as well. Balloon payment style loans are something you need to be careful with. Subprime loan lenders will help you in some ways by allowing you to make low monthly payments for many years. At the end of a certain period of time, you will need to make large balloon payments to finish paying off the loan.

You could also seek out an ultra-long loan with a fixed rate. This will allow you to pay off a mortgage over the course of forty or fifty years instead of the standard thirty. Sub prime mortgage brokers like to offer these loans when they know that it will be difficult for someone to meet the monthly payments of a thirty-year mortgage. It could mean that you’ll pay more money in the long run, though.

Subprime Mortgage FAQ

This will depend on what has caused a poor credit score. You would need to check your credit report and is the poor credit is not due to missed payments or is from a while back it is possible that the lender will ignore it or offer you a slightly higher priced product.
Again, depending on the level of adverse you, should be able to get a mortgage. The lender may charge you a higher rate as they see it as them taking a higher risk in lending you the money. It is also dependant on whether you are able to easily explain the cause of the arrears/poor credit. Once again depending on when the arrears occurred or what the amounts are, they can also be ignored.
A lot of specialist lender will ignore some level of adverse or bad credit. It is best to contact a broker who has a range of these lenders on their panel and will be able to find you a lender based on your level of adverse.

Subprime Remortgage FAQ

This will depend on what has caused a poor credit score. You or a broker would need to check your credit report and if the poor credit is not due to missed payments or is from a while back, it is possible that the lender will ignore it or they may be able to offer you a slightly higher priced product.
This will depend on whether the poor or bad credit is due to mortgage arrears or any other adverse/bad credit. If it is due to mortgage arrears and they are in the last 3 months you will be unable to refinance unless there is a legitimate, easily explainable reason and there is no other history of arrears. If there are missed payments on the mortgage within 6-12 months there are lenders out there who will consider lending. If the bad credit is a result of missed payments on other type of credit again depending on when the arrears happened and how much the arrears amount to, they can be ignored. If one is looking to remortgage as they are at eviction stage, you might be able to access alternative finance options such as bridging loans.
If it is due to mortgage arrears and they are in the last 3 months you will be unable to refinance unless there is a legitimate, easily explainable reason and there is no other history of arrears. If there are missed payments on the mortgage within 6-12 months there are lenders out there who will consider lending. If the bad credit is a result of missed payments on other type of credit again depending on when the arrears happened and how much the arrears amount to, they can be ignored. If one is looking to remortgage as they are at eviction stage, you might be able to access alternative finance options such as bridging loans. It best to contact a mortgage broker who has a range of lender on their panel and will be able to find you a lender based on your level of adverse.

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Last Updated: Apr 11, 2019 @ 4:07 pm
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