Legitimate sub-prime lenders provide a needed service to many wishing to buy a home. By offering financing to those with adverse credit, sub-prime lenders offer a valuable financing options. However, predatory lenders take advantage of people with poor credit by charging excessive fees, forcing foreclosures, or demanding titles. To protect yourself in your home loan search, avoid these common mortgage scams.
Excessive Interest Rates And Fees
Predatory loans require a borrower to pay excessive upfront costs or high fees. Some state laws protect consumers by putting caps on interest rates or fees. If you have bad credit, you should be paying no more than 8% higher than a conventional loan. Limits on closing costs vary, but anything more than five points should be viewed suspiciously.
Another lending scam involves lending to people so they will be forced into foreclosures. These types of loans typically have monthly payments so high, you can�t possibly pay them. They lure people in by promising guarantee approval or cashing out your equity, but they charge high interest rates. Before you sign a loan, be sure you can afford the monthly payments.
A growing scam involves supposedly refinancing your mortgage, but in reality they scammer is pocketing your cash and title. There are many variations on this scam, but usually these con-artists will solicit those who have liens against their property or received a foreclosure notice. They make a promise of solving all your financial problems if you turn over your title and pay an up front fee.
The scammer will then file for bankruptcy in your name that will be dismissed since a third party initiated the process, but it will still leave a mark on your credit report. The scammer will also take mortgage payments from you, even though they didn�t pay off the first mortgage. In the end you may lose your house.
Protect yourself from these scams by being a savvy shopper. Request quotes from several lenders before picking one. If you have any questions, talk with the lending company. Legitimate lenders will be happy to explain the process and answer any of your questions.
Once you pick a lender, be sure you read all forms before you sign the paperwork. According to federal law, you have three days to cancel your mortgage after settlement. You will also be refunded all fees, except the application fee.