An Adjustable Rate Mortgage (ARM), also known as a Variable Rate Mortgage, is a type of loan in which the interest rate paid on the outstanding balance varies. The initial interest rate is usually fixed for a period of time, and will reset and adjust periodically based on the specific benchmark, plus an additional spread called the margin. These mortgages can be obtained even if you have bad credit.
Using an adjustable rate mortgage loan, alongside other mortgage insurance programs, give lenders the ability to keep initial costs down even with bad credit. Since these loans are backed by the federal government, lenders are protected in the case that the loan goes into default for any reason.This gives lenders who provide mortgages the confidence to provide loans to borrowers with lower credit scores who may not be able to meet the qualifications for a conventional mortgage loan. Adjustable rate mortgages with bad credit are applicable to mortgages for manufactured homes, single-family loans, multi-family properties, and health-related facilities.
FHA’s Adjustable Rate Mortgage Section 251 is a mortgage backed by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development which is designed to help low and moderate income families become homeowners. Adjustable Rate Mortgage Section 251 insures home purchases and mortgage refinances on home loans with adjustable rates. Using this ARM Section 251 in conjunction with other home loan programs designed for borrowers with bad credit or lower to moderate income can help homeowners keep interest rates and monthly payments low.
At times when interest rates are high, lower interest rates attached to adjustable rate mortgages can make it easier for borrowers to afford mortgages.
The great thing about Section 251 programs is that they work great in conjunction with other popular mortgage products including:
Over the life of the mortgage, the interest rate won’t ever increase more than 5% above your initial interest rate. While Section 251 loans include low interest rates and payments that adjust at set periods, the maximum amount of change in the interest rate at any given time cannot be larger than 1%.
Before you apply for a mortgage, the terms of the loan will be explained and we’ll make sure to answer any questions you may have. If the interest rate changes, you will be notified in 25 days or less before your monthly payment changes. The Section 251 program also makes it easy to quickly convert to a Fixed-Rate mortgage at any time.
FHA mortgage insurance allows borrowers to finance up to 97% of the value of the home through a mortgage, allowing for down payments as low as 3% of the total value. This mortgage insurance also encourages lenders to make loans to borrowers who might not meet the conventional underwriting requirements while also protecting the lender against default on the mortgage loan. Bad Credit Mortgage Lenders allows financing for many of the closing costs involved in the purchase of your home. The Section 251 program reduces initial costs involved during the purchase of a home, by providing the option to finance or use the mortgage to cover costs.
As a prospective homeowner, you will be responsible to cover the down payment, appraisal and title search, and any other charges included with your mortgage insurance premium. These expenses can also be financed and monthly premiums are added into your payments.
To be qualify for an adjustable rate mortgage with bad credit, applicants must meet guidelines for credit, down payment amount, and be able to afford the payments. This program is limited to borrowers who plan on occupying the property as their principal residence. All of our approved lenders are able to provide adjustable rate mortgages to those who qualify.
At Bad Credit Mortgage Lenders, we do not allow origination fees charged by lenders to be larger than 1% of the amount of your mortgage (minus the mortgage insurance premium for financed loans). Our mission is to provide affordable loans for low and moderate income borrowers, which is why we have a cap on the total amount of the mortgage. Remember, that these figures will change over time and differ depending on many other factors including location and cost of living. Higher limits are available for multifamily properties.
Although our most popular mortgage for those with bad credit is the Fixed-Rate 203(b), there are many other mortgage loan options similar to the 203(b), which include additional features. One such loan is the 251 Adjustable Rate Mortgage program which provides insurance for ARMs.