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The True Cost of Poor Credit for Homeowners

Borrowers with lower credit scores are likely to be paying more in additional costs in mortgage according online loan marketplace, LendingTree’s Mortgage Offers Report for December 2017.

According to the report, consumers with the highest credit scores (760+) saw offered APRs of 4.26 percent in December, against 4.56 percent for consumers with scores of 680-719. The APR spread of 30 basis points between these score ranges was 3 points wider than in November and the widest since this data series began in April 2016.

“The spread represents nearly $15,000 in additional costs for borrowers with lower credit scores over 30-years for the average purchase loan amount of $233,586. The additional costs are due to higher interest rates, larger fees or a combination of the two,” said Tendayi Kapfidze Chief Economist at LendingTree.

The report, which was released on Monday indicated that December’s best offers for borrowers with the best profile had an average annual percentage rate (APR) of 3.8 percent for conforming 30-year fixed purchase loans, up from 3.75 percent in November.

The report contains data from actual loan terms offered to borrowers on LendingTree by lenders, and helps to empower consumers by providing additional information on how their credit profile affects their loan prospects.

In terms of refinance loans, the report indicated that refinance loan offers were up 1 basis point to 3.7 percent. For the average borrower, purchase APRs for conforming 30-yr fixed loans offered on LendingTree’s platform were up 12 basis points to 4.42 percent, the highest since July 2016. The loan note rate hit the highest since March 2016 at 4.32 percent and was up 14 basis points from November.

“We prefer to emphasize the APR as lenders often make changes to other fees in response to changing interest rates,” Kapfidze said.

The report indicated that while refinance APRs for conforming 30-yr fixed loans were up seven basis points to 4.31 percent, the credit score bracket spread widened to 24 from 20 basis points, amounting to $12,000 in extra costs over the life of the loan for lower credit score borrowers given an average refinance loan of $241,973.

Average proposed purchase down payments have been rising for eight months and reached $63,740 in December, the report noted.

 

About Author: Radhika Ojha

Radhika Ojha, Online Editor at the Five Star Institute, is a graduate of the University of Pune, India, where she received her B.A. in Commerce with a concentration in Accounting and Marketing and an M.A. in Mass Communication. Upon completion of her master’s degree, Ojha worked at a national English daily publication in India (The Indian Express) where she was a staff writer in the cultural and arts features section. Ojha also worked as Principal Correspondent at HT Media Ltd and at Honeywell as an executive in corporate communications. She and her husband currently reside in Dallas, Texas. You can contact her at Radhika.Ojha@theMReport.com.
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