100% Financing Or No Down Payment & Bad Credit Mortgage Loans
Written by: Carrie Reeder
Sub-prime lenders now offer financing packages with zero down.
Interest rates are higher on these types of loans, but they make
purchasing a house easier. And unlike a conventional loan, there
is no private mortgage insurance required. There are two types
of zero-down mortgage packages, each with their own requirements.
Types Of Zero-Down Loans
100% financing, as it names implies, offers complete financing
of your property. The other option, 80/20, finances your
mortgage with two loans. Both loans may be carried by your
lender, but sometimes the seller or a second lender is required
to carry the 20% mortgage.
100% financing is easier to deal with, but not all lenders will
offer this type of home loan. 80/20 financing is more common,
but takes some negotiation if the seller is involved.
Qualifications For Zero-Down
Each lender has their own criteria for determining who will
qualify for a zero-down loan. Most sub-prime lenders require any
bankruptcies or foreclosures to have been at least twelve months
ago. A conventional loan requires these to be discharged two to
four years ago.
While a credit score of 600 or higher is best, large cash
reserves can also qualify you. Six to twelve month's worth of
cash reserves in the form of savings, money market, or other
liquid assets are considered ideal.
If you choose 80/20 financing with the seller carrying the
second mortgage, you can qualify with sub-prime lenders with a
score of 560.
Zero-Down Sub-prime Lenders
You can find zero-down sub-prime mortgages with both
conventional and niche sub-prime lenders. Make sure that you
request quotes from as many mortgage lenders has possible to be
sure you find the lowest rate and best terms.
You will also want to decide what type of mortgage you want. An
ARM is easier to qualify for and has lower rates. A fixed rate
mortgage offers the security of a constant interest rate over
the life of your loan.
Typically an ARM will be a better deal if you plan to refinance
within a couple of years. After you have improved your credit
history, you can refinance for a conventional mortgage with low
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