A lot of people think that repaying unpaid defaults is important when it comes to being approved for a mortgage, but this isn’t always the case. Yes, you can get a mortgage without your defaults because there are many flexible lenders who are more than happy to approve your application despite a poor credit score. But don’t jump at the first home equity loan available-because lenders aren’t created equal. Here are some factors to consider when applying for a home loan with unpaid defaults.
1. Payment status
Mainstream lenders look favourably to applicants that carry mortgages with settled defaults than those with unpaid ones. Some creditors are concerned with the date default was registered and not when they were paid. Others also use certain parameters in assessing your risk—which includes all other financial information that could boost your eligibility for a mortgage.
2. Existing credit issues
It is difficult to get a mortgage if you have other credit problems. Lenders consider your debt-to-income ratio. So, if your debts are too high, it would surely have a strong impact on your eligibility, loan rate, fees and repayment terms. If you’re using payday loans, it will also affect your chances of getting a loan.
3. Amount of the default
Before applying for a home loan with defaults, it is important to consider how much your default amounts to. Most lenders can approve a loan for you despite a small paid default which is less than $500. If you have a paid default which is less than $1,000 and you have settled it more than 6 months ago, even prime lenders can lend you money, especially if your financial situation is already stable. If you have a bad credit because you have over $1,000 unpaid defaults, you may not have the best of luck with mainstream lenders. Nonetheless, a specialist lender can give you reasonable loan terms. But beyond that amount, you need an alternative lending specialist like Australian Lending Centre, especially if you have more than $5000 of unpaid defaults.
4. Type of loan
Default on secured loans
What would happen to your home loan application if you default on your mortgage? First and foremost, let’s look at the nature of the loan. It has collateral—which is your home. In case of default, your creditor has the legal right to foreclose on your home after issuing a notice to a client in default and asking you to make good on your payment—and you failed to comply. If the bank takes ownership of it and puts it up for resale at a public auction-you can redeem your property by paying the full amount of debt plus fees. Or, you can refinance your home loan using Australian Lending Centre’s Mortgage Arrears program to pay the total amount due even before the lender decides to foreclose your house.
Default on unsecured Loans
Unsecured loans aren’t as risky on the part of the borrower-although the risk of not being repaid is high for the creditors since there is no collateral that they can take in case of default. Not paying after 60 days can cost you late fees and increase. If you don’t pay yet, you’ll definitely have to look for the default status on your credit file. But, the government does not leave you unprotected. You still have to receive a default notice first.
If you have missed payments on your credit card or from a personal loan lender, you have the right to receive a Default Notice which specifies the number of payments you failed to pay and other requirements of the credit contract that you haven’t complied with.
The notice specifies the amount to pay and the period of time you have to do so. It will also warn you of the consequences of failure to pay within the period of notice-such as demanding repayment of the whole credit card balance or loan amount, not just the monthly balance you missed to pay.
How do I apply for a loan when I have unpaid defaults?
Default explanation letter
You have to increase your chances of approval by writing an explanation letter for your default with supporting evidence. For example, if you have missed payments because of sickness, temporary unemployment (but you’re employed now) you must provide evidence of the same. It will back up your explanation of why you defaulted on your loan.
Pay unpaid defaults and get the credit provider to update them into “paid” on your credit file before you submit your loan application.
Apply with a lender like Australian Lending Centre that can accept borrowers with defaults. We can help with your home loan arrears, so we suggest that you talk to our financial specialists today at 1300 138 188 or Enquire now.