The latest applicant needs a new mortgage of $250,000 and needs approval quickly so that he and his wife can remove one condition on an offer they have on a home they would like to purchase. They are being offered subprime mortgages by other lenders and are wondering what to check out before getting a subprime loan?
A subprime loan is typically a loan that is offered to borrowers that have less than perfect credit ratings. The subprime loan interest rate can be from 1% to as much as 10% above the current prime lending rate, which can be a substantial difference in terms of both the amount of interest paid and the monthly payments. In the chart at the bottom of this post we have shown the total interest paid and the monthly payments for a mortgage close to prime, at 5% and also at 11% which would be indicative of interest rates for subprime loans at the time of writing this post. The difference between a mortgage at 3% and one at 11% for a 30 year mortgage is an increase in the monthly payment by over $900 a month and over $300,000 in total interest payments over the life of the mortgage. This is a substantial amount.
The other major difference from regular loans is how often over the life of the mortgage that the interest rate can change. Clients could be looking at significant interest rate increases in the future since interest rates are at the lowest levels in years and are forecasted to increase.
This client will need to consider very carefully which type of mortgage he takes since the financial cost can be significant.