How A Private Mortgage Works

Fivewalls: How Does A Private Mortgage Work?

Buyers, Tips & Advice
Last Updated: Feb 13, 2019

If you are struggling to get pre-approved for a mortgage loan, going with a private mortgage may be your best option.
 

What Is A Private Mortgage?

You do not obtain a private mortgage through a bank, but rather a business that specializes in private mortgages, an individual or a family member. It is a shorter-term (one - three years) and you are only paying interest until your term ends and you can transfer to a bank. Once you transfer to a bank with a better credit score, you will start paying the mortgage yourself.

The interest rates are very high for private mortgages. You could be paying a 10%-18% interest charge over a three-year term, rather than the typical 3-5%.
 

Why Would I Go With A Private Mortgage?

A private mortgage is not for everyone. If you have a poor credit score, have filed for bankruptcy or do not have a reliable source of income and are struggling to get pre-approved through a traditional lender, a private mortgage may be your best option.

Because you have a poor credit score, most private lenders will require a higher down payment. Rather than paying the typical 5%, you may have to pay 10-15% because you are considered a high-risk borrower.

A private mortgage does not take as long to acquire as a traditional mortgage (can take up to 30 days or more). If you need a mortgage now, it may only take a few days, which could also be beneficial to people who are only looking to have a short-term mortgage.
 

Things To Consider As A Lender

If your family member needs help purchasing a house and you decide to let them borrow money and set up a private mortgage, there are things you need to consider:

  • What is your relationship like? Will you remain close should any problems arise?private mortgage, mortgage loan, if you can't get pre-approved
  • Is the borrower considered high risk? Do they have a reliable source of income?
  • Do you understand the property value and conditions involved with the home?
  • Will the borrower/homeowner stay on top of maintenance and be able to afford any probable issues?
  • Will you ask for a loan with lien (will give you right to property until their debt is paid)?
  • Do you have time / can you organize the paperwork?

You will want to make sure everything is well documented incase there are any problems. Having everything written down on paper, especially if you have to refer back to something from a few years ago, will make the process much easier. Document things (and have the borrower sign) like:

  • When the payments will be due – at the end of every month? Bi-weekly?
  • How the payments will be made – sent automatically electronically?
  • Can the borrower make extra payments without penalty?
  • As a lender, can you charge fees if payments are late? Will you give them a grace period?
  • Will the payments be reported to credit bureaus?
     

Borrowing From A Friend Or Family Member

If you are borrowing from someone you personally know instead of a business, they may charge you a lower interest rate you may not find anywhere else. You will also be able to negotiate on payment terms and what schedule will work best for you. Making steady payments will positively increase your credit score and your chances of being able to transfer your mortgage to a traditional lender once the term has ended will be much greater.
 

A private mortgage is a better option for people who need a quick mortgage, or who have poor credit and cannot be pre-approved through a bank. Lenders can be a family member or friend or a business who specializes in helping people with bad credit. If you are going to be a lender for your family member, you still need to set rules down and make sure everything is documented properly so you can fall back on something if need be.