The Basics Of Adverse Credit Mortgages

By: michael sterios

Adverse credit mortgages are arranged for home owners and first-time-buyers with impaired credit files. People with adverse credit are usually excluded from applying for mainstream mortgage products and are therefore forced to seek alternatives.

Several years ago the market for adverse credit mortgages was flooded with products. Most mortgage lenders had products on offer to borrowers to cater for individuals with bad credit. Some lenders even specialised in this field which provided great choice for borrowers with impairments on their credit files.

The situation has changed recently due to the global credit crunch. Most lenders have tightened their lending criteria and some have removed entire suites of products from the market. Adverse credit mortgages have been hit by this scenario and some specialist lenders have either closed their businesses or have temporarily stopped lending.

While this reduces the choice of adverse credit mortgages for home owners with poor credit histories it is not the beginning of the end for this type of mortgage product. Many lenders have withdrawn products from the mortgage market on a temporary basis while the reassess their loan books and wait to see what will happen in the wake of the credit crunch. Because over one quarter of the UK population suffers from bad credit, and many of them are homeowners, it is unlikely that adverse credit mortgages will disappear from the market permanently.

People can receive impairments for a number of reasons, many of which occur accidentally or are fixed soon after the event occurs. These reasons include missed mortgage and loan payments, County Court Judgments, and too many applications for credit in a short space of time. While these issues can negatively affect a credit file, they are easy to fix and should not exclude people from obtaining a mortgage.

Lenders are aware of this and would miss out on conducting business with a large portion of the population if they excluded all applicants with light impairments to their credit files. It is likely then, that lenders will reintroduce adverse credit mortgages to cater for this market as soon as the smoke clears from the initial impact of the global credit crunch.

Applicants with more serious problems - such as bankruptcy or heavy loan arrears - may not find it easy to obtain a mortgage in future. It is unlikely that lenders will make adverse credit mortgages available to borrowers with heavy adverse credit files in the near future. Lenders are acutely aware that their lax lending criteria for adverse credit mortgages over the past five years are one of the main contributing factors to the credit crunch.

If you suffer from adverse credit and require a home loan you may need to contact an independent mortgage broker for help. Adverse credit mortgage products are constantly being pulled form the market, however, lenders should begin to reintroduce them with stricter lending criteria in future. An independent mortgage broker will be able to guide you through the adverse credit mortgage maze and help you to apply for a suitable product once it becomes available.

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