What are B lender mortgage rates?

February 15, 2016 | By | 1 Comment

How much do alternative lenders charge?

B lender mortgage rates - Ingrid Bjel McGaughey - Toronto mortgage broker

If you’ve considered a B lender, chances are you’re worried about how much exactly you would need to pay.  In my experience, people often get alternative lenders confused with private lenders, which is an entirely different group of mortgage lenders.  In fact, B lender mortgage rates are typically much less than people expect.  They are certainly higher than mortgage rates with A lenders, such as the banks and non-bank mainstream mortgage companies, but cost significantly less than private mortgages.

So…

How much are B lender mortgage rates?

There are three components of the cost of an alternative lender mortgage:

1. The interest rate

With an alternative lender, the rates aren’t as hard and fast as those with mainstream lenders – you don’t call them up and ask, “What’s your five year rate?”

B lender mortgage rates are set on a case by case basis, depending on:

  • your credit score
  • what’s in your credit report
  • how much of a down payment you have
  • the type of income you bring in, and how stable it is

Your application is evaluated for risk based on the answers to these four questions.

Each lender will be different in how much weight they assign to each of these factors, and therefore, what rate they feel is appropriate.  I’ve shown a couple of scenarios below for you to get an idea of how this plays out in real life.

2. The lender fee

Typically, alternative lenders will also charge a “commitment fee” on top of the mortgage.  This is usually 1% of the mortgage amount, although you can ask to see a lower fee option if you would prefer not to pay 1% at closing.  In that case, the lender can reduce or eliminate the fee, but will slightly increase your interest rate.

3.  The brokerage fee

You can also expect to pay a fee to the mortgage brokerage.  How much this is will depend on the complexity of your situation, but it usually ranges from 1/2% of your mortgage amount.  Your mortgage broker should tell you up front approximately how much this would be.

Example scenarios

Scenario 1 – Couple with discharged bankruptcy 28 months ago

  • Credit scores: low 600s
  • Re-established credit: each person has two credit cards held for one year already, limits are $1000 on each card
  • Down payment: 20% down on a freehold townhome in Mississauga
  • Income: husband has salaried job with a small manufacturing firm, that he’s been at for 8 years; wife receives salary and commission with an insurance company, and can show consistent income on her tax returns for the last two years

The rates this couple could expect would be at the low end of the range, somewhere in the high 3%’s to the low 4%’s.

Scenario 2 – Couple with consumer proposal paid off 5 months ago

  • Credit scores: mid 500’s
  • Re-established credit: none.  Several “R9” ratings still showing on credit report from previous creditors that were included in the consumer proposal
  • Down payment: 20% down on a detached property in Milton
  • Income: both partners have been IT consultants for the last three years, operating an incorporated business from which they take a minimum of personal income, writing off as much as possible

The rates this couple could expect, mainly due to the recent consumer proposal payout, low credit scores and lack of re-established credit, would be in the high 4% range.

To learn more about working with a B lender

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And if you’re looking for input on your specific situation, don’t hesitate to get in touch.  I’d be happy to help.

 

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I'm a Toronto Mortgage Broker. My focus is on saving people time and money in financing and re-financing their homes. Am passionate about helping people make informed choices, giving back, and helping to improve financial literacy in Canada.

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