With the mortgage rules constantly changing, private or alternative mortgages are becoming the only way some people can refinance or buy a home. When the banks turn borrowers down the next option is to look at “Subprime” lenders. There is a significant misconception applied to this “subprime” market, so let me explain them a bit.
In Ontario, a second mortgage on a property title will appear as a separate charge on that property but does not change the first mortgage. Since there is higher risk to the lender, taking a second mortgage typically has a higher rate of interest.
A second mortgage can allow homeowners to use the equity that they have in their home. If your first mortgage has high pre-payment charges, or a low rate, a second mortgage can be a better option than a refinance. This option may also be best for those who are self-employed, have bad credit, or for those in need of fast cash.
What are the Benefits of a 2nd Mortgage?
The following is a list of items you want to avoid doing when you are starting the process of applying for a mortgage.
1. Don’t apply for any new credit; Applying for credit will lower your credit score. You will lose a few points off of your rate and will also potentially change your borrowing ratios.