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Bad Credit Mortgages

If you need a home loan and your credit is not in great shape you may want to consider getting a bad credit mortgage.

What is a bad credit mortgage?

A bad credit mortgage typically has an introductory interest rate that is fixed for 2-3 years. This introductory rate will be substantially higher that the interest rate you would get on a conventional 30 year fixed rate loan. After the initial period, the interest rate on a bad credit mortgage will adjust periodically.

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Federal law requires that all creditors must state the cost of their credit in terms of an Annual Percentage Rate (APR). This rate takes into account how the loan is repaid on a yearly basis, and allows you to accurately compare the cost of credit among lenders. For example: You borrow $1000 for one year and pay a finance charge of $100. If you can keep the entire $1000 for the whole year and then repay $1100 at yearís end, you are paying an APR of 10 percent. But if you repay the $1000 and finance charge (a total of $1100) in twelve equal monthly installments, you donít really get to use $1000 for the whole year. In fact, you get to use less and less of that $1000 each month. In this case, the $100 finance charge amounts to an APR of 18 percent.

Why is the interest rate so much higher on a bad credit mortgage?

If you have bad credit, the chance that you will default on your home loan is greater than someone who has excellent credit. In order to compensate for this extra risk, the lender will charge a higher interest rate on the loan.

Will I have to pay this higher interest rate for 30 years?

Not necessarily. People who get a bad credit mortgage typically do so because they are trying to get their credit back into good standing. If you make your monthly loan payments on time for two (2) consecutive years, you can refinance the bad credit mortgage with a coventional loan with a much lower interest rate.

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The finance charge is the total dollar amount you pay to use credit. It includes interest costs and other costs, such as service charges and some credit-related insurance premiums. For example: Suppose you borrow $1000 for one year, and the interest is $100. If there is a service charge of $10, the finance charge will be $110.

What kind of fees will I be charged for a bad credit mortgage?

A lender can charge you more fees for a bad credit mortgage compared to a conventional home loan. Fees can range from 1-6% of the loan amount.

Although the interest rate and fees are higher for a bad credit mortgage, most borrowers of these types of loans do not complain. Lenders say that after being turned down for credit so many times, people with bad credit are often grateful that they can get into a home and realize the American dream.

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