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Bad Credit Mortgages - Can You Get One?

Aug 17, 2007
In this day and age, people get bad credit histories for all sorts of unforeseen reasons, apart from the old standard of living above one's means. I know several people who have got into difficulties through either redundancy, prolonged illness or a car accident, divorce, or in fact one luckless fellow had all three situations arise.

Is it possible to get a loan even with a bad credit mortgage? In today's mortgage and loan trends, a bad credit mortgage is absolutely possible.

In the past, applying for a loan involves a thorough check up on your credit history and income background. With the world wide web, it is virtually impossible to hide any defaults. If your history is less than perfect or if your income is not that high or both, then your application for a loan is instantly rejected. This practice limits the number of people who can apply for a loan.

Today's market has adopted more flexible methods. Bad credit finance makes it possible for people with low credit scores to still apply for a loan and get approved.

It must be remembered, that all lenders will look at the risk, price the risk, probably insure the risk, and then do whatever thy can to lend the money. After all, that's where they make their money.

When applying for a high risk mortgage loan, no pre-qualification process is involved. Lenders who offer these kind of mortgages among their list of loan programs give their customers a chance to redeem themselves. With a bad credit mortgage, your credit history is nothing more than history and you still get your money's worth.

There are several lenders who offer this type of facility. When you choose one, make sure that you've learned everything that you need to know about the type of mortgage you are after. More often than not, the solution sounds too good to be true. With bad credit mortgages, it's best if you keep an eye on the 'sting in the tail' of any offer.

Bad oe Special Credit Mortgages for Higher Interest Rates

This is the most common catch. They are usually characterized by high interest rates. Lenders charge borrowers higher interest rates for their bad credit mortgages as compensation for the risk they take. Like it or not, borrowers who have bad credit records are loan risks and are viewed as such by lending companies.

In exchange for letting these types of customers get a mortgage of any sort, higher interest rates are charged. This helps protect the lender should something happen and he had to foreclose on bad credit mortgaged property. But anyway, in this day and age, property prices inevitable move upwards ion time.

Discount Points in Bad Credit Mortgages

Discount points in these style of mortgages are common. A discount point is comprised of a percentage of the total purchase price. Borrowers are charged higher discount points, usually four to five points. Borrowers with credit may not pay for these points, or they do but only for a very low percentage.

With bad credit mortgages however, points may go as high as ten, although going this high is not a common practice and against federal law. It all boils down to insurance for the lending company. Lending companies want to make sure that they're getting their money back from their customers bad credit mortgages.

Larger Down Payments for Bad Credit Mortgages

you wont get away with a virtually no-deposit deal here. Forget the 95% loan. The amount of down payment required for borrowers on bad credit mortgages is larger compared to other loan types. In exchange for ignoring the customers credit history, lenders charge larger down payments from the total purchase price. Typically you will be looking at 70 - 75% loan to value. The lenders know they are protected, due to the equity in your property.

Borrowers may not be able to afford the upfront price of these mortgages. If in any case, if you can afford the down payment required, a bad credit mortgage might even prove a good thing for you. Since the down payment you made takes a considerable portion of your purchase price, this means that you pay lower monthly rates on your bad credit mortgage. This in turn means that as an investment property, you would need less rental income for the property to 'wash its face' for you.

Even if you want to move your home, or to go for another bargain investment property, all is not lost. Contact a specialist and declare your situation to them, and see what deals they can offer you.
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