What is a Subprime Loan?
By definition, a subprime loan (also referred to as near-prime, non-prime, and second-chance lending) means making loans to people who may have difficulty maintaining the repayment schedule, sometimes reflecting setbacks such as unemployment, divorce, medical emergencies, etc. Historically, subprime borrowers were defined as having a FICO scores below 640, although “this has varied over time and circumstances. These loans are characterized by higher interest rates, poor quality collateral, and less favorable terms in order to compensate for higher credit risk
To decide if you qualify for a Subprime Mortgage Loan, we will look at:
- Your income and your monthly expenses. Standard debt-to-income ratios are at the discretion of the underwriter for Subprime Loans. These ratios may be exceeded with compensation factors.
- Your credit history (this is important, but Subprime credit standards are flexible).
- Your overall pattern rather than to individual problems you may have had.
To be eligible for an Subprime mortgage, your monthly housing costs (mortgage principal and interest, property taxes and insurance) must meet a specified percentage of your gross monthly income. Your credit background will be fairly considered. At least a 530 FICO credit score is generally required to obtain an Subprime approval. You must also have enough income to pay your housing costs plus all additional monthly debt
Subprime Loans require the home buyer to invest at least 3.5% – 10% of the sales price in cash for the down payment and closing costs. If the sales price is $100,000 for example, the home buyer must invest at least $5,000 – $20,000.
The interest rate for your home loan will be determined by the type of loan program that you qualify for and your credit score. You might be asking yourself what the formula to calculate interest rates is. Interest rates are driven off of Mortgage Backed Securities (MBS) which are commonly referred to “mortgage bonds”. These values of these bonds determine whether the interest rates rise or fall. Your final rate will determine your payment using the standard calculate mortgage payment formula. Please contact one of our loan officers to see what is today’s lending mortgage rate.
While Conventional Mortgage Guidelines allow you to purchase warrantable condos, planned unit developments, modular homes, manufactured homes, and 1-4 family residences. Conventional Loans can be used to finance primary residences, second homes and investment property.
Criteria for Conventional loan approvals state that if you have been discharged from a Chapter 7 bankruptcy for four years or more, you are eligible to apply for an Conventional mortgage. If you have had a Chapter 13 bankruptcy, it must be documented that the credit reputation has been re-established for at least two years to be eligible for a Conventional Loan Application.
The maximum amount for an Conventional Mortgage Loans are determined by the Maximum loan amount: The maximum loan amount allowed for an Conventional Conforming Loan varies from county to county. The highest maximum Conventional Conforming right now is $729,750. The lowest maximum Conventional Mortgage amount available in any county is $417,000. To see what the limit is in the county in which you’re interested, visit the following site https://www.efanniemae.com/sf/refmaterials/loanlimits/. This site lists U.S. territories as well as states.
Depending on the state where the property is located, the maximum Subprime Mortgage amount will be 90% – 97% of the appraised value of the home or its selling price, whichever is lower.
If you’re not sure if you qualify for a Subprime loan, you can contact me for live, customized Subprime loan quote by completing the online application or by calling me at 843-375-6611