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Bad Credit Refinance

If you want to refinance but have bad credit you may want to consider a bad credit refinance.

What makes a bad credit refinance different from a regular refinance loan?

A bad credit refinance will typically have a much higher interest rate (2-6% depending on the borrower's credit) than a loan for someone with excellent credit.

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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.

People typically do a bad credit refinance for one of the following reasons:

  1. Bad credit refinance to consolidate bills
    Someone who has high balances on several high interest rate credit cards, car loans or other forms of installment debt. A bad credit refinance loan with an interest rate of 12% is still better than paying 21% on multiple credit cards. Since the loan for a bad credit refinance is spread out over 30 years, the monthly payment for the loan (even at the higher interest rate) would still be lower than the total of all of the individual monthly debt payments.

  2. Bad credit refinance to get a lower mortgage rate
    A person may have decided 2 years ago to get a mortgage after filing a recent bankruptcy. The interest rate on this loan is likely to have been extremely high. After making some improvements to his/her credit, the borrower may try to get a new bad credit refinance in an effort to get a lower interest rate than they are paying on the current loan. If a person was paying 13% interest, a 10% interest rate could help lower the monthly payment and cut interest costs dramatically.

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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.

Lender fees for a bad credit refinance will also be higher. Keep in mind however, if you consistently make your payments on time for two (2) consecutive years for a bad credit refinance and take continued steps to improve your credit, you should be able to refinance into a much lower interest rate.

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