A bad credit mortgage gives borrowers with a poor credit history the opportunity to not only buy a home or refinance their current mortgage but the best opportunity to raise their credit rating over time. In most instances, whenever you apply for any type of financial product like a mortgage, the lending institution will pull your credit report.
In a nutshell, your credit rating is a compilation of your history of how timely you’ve paid your bills. Anytime money may be lent it’s used because it’s the best way for a lender to determine the risk involved for a particular borrower.
Tip – The online lending industry is very competitive. You will find many lenders who specialize in bad credit mortgage services.
Making the decision to issue or approve a bad credit mortgage is primarily determined using the credit score of the borrower(s). Credit scores can range from 400 to 800 with anything lower than a 620 poor and anything over a 720 very good. On the other hand, even if you have a credit score as low as 580 there are many lenders with mortgage programs that will finance up to 100% of the loan amount. Of course, the lower your credit score the higher interest rate you will pay and in most instances you will only be offered an ARM (Adjustable Rate Mortgage) that has a 2 or 3 year fixed interest rate and then it goes up.
Tip – Most states have lending laws that state a lender can only charge interest rates a certain percentage above the retail or normal market interest rate for borrowers with bad credit. Normally this rate is 5% – 8% higher but even that in many instances is extreme.
A myth about credit reports is that each time your credit report is pulled it negatively affects your credit score. This is true only if you apply for credit products like credit cards and only if you apply for a large number of them in a short period of time. However, this does not apply in the case of mortgage lenders, unless you applied for a mortgage from a very large number (i.e. like 15 or 20) of lenders within 30 or 45 days. Only then would it be slightly affect but in general when a lender pulls your credit report it will not be negatively affected.