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Need A Mortgage Loan? Don't Get Anxious...Get Excited

Sep 4, 2007
Mortgage lending is still a boom industry in the United States today, falling under the general category known of business finance. It's booming mainly because loan rates are still at a low level, resulting in a good time to buy a house. Mortgage loans are those loans that are secured against your personal property such as the house you're getting ready to buy.

At the time of making a mortgage loan for purchase of a property, lenders by and large require that the borrower to make a down payment, i.e., contribute a percentage of the overall price of the home. At one time, the mandatory amount, or percentage, of a down payment has been directly related to a person's credit history. However, 100% or more lending options proliferate in the mortgage lending space, even for those with a less than perfect credit file.

The term mortgage loan is the common word for a loan secured by a mortgage on real property; the "mortgage" refers to the legal security, but the terms are often used interchangeably to refer to the mortgage loan. In approving mortgage loans, lenders in most markets rely on credit reports and credit scores that result from them. The bigger the number, the more financially trustworthy the borrower is supposed to be.

It's been said that anything in life has its price and mortgage lending is the same. Pretty much anyone can get a mortgage with the price tradeoff typically being a higher interest rate. For borrowers who have excellent credit and satisfactory debt positions, there may be almost no documentation of earnings or assets required at all. Other borrowers may fall into the group called subprime lending. Lenders look to lend as much money as possible, but would also like to accept as little risk as possible.

Subprime lending, also called near-prime, or second chance lending, is a wide-ranging phrase that is in reference to the practice of initiating loans to borrowers who do not meet the requirements for the most competitive market interest rates because of their imperfect credit history. Subprime lending can be chancy for both lenders and borrowers caused by the blend of above average interest rates, poor credit history, and questionable financial conditions often associated with subprime applicants. The term "subprime" is in reference to the credit status of the borrower, not the interest rate on the loan itself. Statistically, around 25% of the population of the United States are part of this category and while there is no sanctioned credit profile that describes a subprime borrower, most in the United States have a credit score below 620.

In determining your loan amount, interest rate and cash required, lenders will take into account many factors. These factors, in turn, aid lenders to calculate their apparent risk of the mortgage loan, that is, the chance that the financing will be repaid. None of us will fully know enough about the inner workings of a mortgage lender but plain and simple is that mortgage loans are obtainable for all types of homebuyers with all types of credit.
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