What Are Subprime Mortgages?

Subprime mortgages (also known as Non-prime Mortgages) allow people with low credit scores, typically below 600, to borrow for homeownership, even when they would ordinarily be rejected for conventional loans.

A subprime mortgage is a loan offered by a specialised or adverse credit lender, distinct from conventional high street mortgage providers. Such loans typically entail higher interest rates or necessitate larger deposits.

If you’re considering applying for a subprime mortgage, this is the guide for you. We cover everything you need to know, as well as how our advisors can help.

*Please be aware, your home may be at risk if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage.

  1. What Are the Pros of Subprime Mortgages
  2. When Should I Consider a Subprime Mortgage
  3. Considerations Before Applying
  4. Applying With Your Mortgage People
  5. What Effects Mortgage Eligibility
  6. Who Are the Subprime Mortgage Lenders We Work With
  7. Steps to Improve My Chances of Securing a Subprime Mortgage
  8. Testimonials
  9. FAQs and Find Out More

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What Are the Pros of Subprime Mortgages?

(1) Subprime mortgages provide individuals with poor credit histories access to mortgages they otherwise wouldn’t have the opportunity to obtain.

(2) Even if they’ve made detrimental financial mistakes in the past, individuals can still purchase a home or an investment property, building equity and improving credit scores through a subprime mortgage lender.

(3) If a person improves their credit score through regular, on-time payments, the good news is that they can potentially qualify for better rates on future deals when remortgaging.

When Should I Consider a Subprime Mortgage?

Consider exploring subprime mortgages if you’re eyeing a new home or need to remortgage but face obstacles due to your credit history.

Subprime mortgages can be a lifeline for those otherwise unable to purchase a home. Consider subprime mortgages after exhausting your other options such as, improving your credit score, increasing your down payment or investigating any government or non-profit schemes available to you.

Scrutinise any subprime mortgage offers meticulously before proceeding. Ensure they’re manageable and align to your long-term financial objectives.

Consulting a seasoned mortgage advisor is highly recommended to navigate this complex decision effectively.

Considerations Before Applying

Before applying for a subprime mortgage, there are some important factors to consider first:

Higher Interest Rates:

Lenders counterbalance the risk of lending to people with poor credit and financial issues by charging higher interest rates. Subprime mortgage rates can be up to 5% to 10% higher than rates for standard mortgages, those reserved for a lender’s qualified borrowers.

Higher Costs Upfront:

Down payments and closing costs can be substantially higher with subprime mortgages. In some instances, lenders may request down payments 25% to 35% higher for subprime loans. They do this to offset the increased risk of default with a subprime borrower.

Applying with Your Mortgage People

If you’re worried about the stress and complexity that comes with applying for a subprime mortgage, having a qualified broker by your side can make the world of difference.

Their guidance can be invaluable, simplifying your journey from start to finish and ensuring that you make informed decisions every step of the way.

The Steps to Applying with Your Mortgage People

  1. Send us an enquiry to get your subprime mortgage journey started
  2. An advisor will make contact to discuss your financial situation, consider the best options for you and search for your new mortgage deal
  3. We help you compile everything you need for your application, and submit it to the lender
  4. The lender confirms their mortgage offer and your new mortgage begins on the new terms agreed
  5. Funds are released by the lender at the amount agreed in the mortgage terms, with you repaying the amount with interest as part of the mortgage


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What Effects Mortgage Eligibility?

Lenders evaluating subprime mortgage eligibility consider both the seriousness of credit events and their timing.

Credit issues are categorised into three levels: Minor Events, Medium Severity Events and Major Events. It's important to note that adverse credit events remain on your file for six years, yet many lenders only assess the most recent four years.

Minor Severity Events:

Missed payments (including, credit cards, bills and unsecured loans

Late payments (loans or credit cards)

Bounced direct debits

If your last minor event was more than one year ago, you’re likely to have access to high street lenders and better rates.

Usually, lenders will overlook any minor events that occurred prior to one year ago.

Many lenders will still consider your application if it’s been less than one year, but you may require a slightly larger deposit.

Medium Severity Events:

(County Court Judgements)

Missed mortgage payments

Defaults (settled or unsettled)

With medium severity events, the age of the offence and how much it was for are considered when reviewing your application.

If any of the above medium severity events occur for you, it’s unlikely you’ll qualify for the best rates, and you may need to apply via a building society or subprime lender.

You should expect to have a minimum 10% deposit saved before applying.

Major Severity Events:

(Individual Voluntary Arrangement)



If the major event was under three years ago, there are a small number of subprime options that may consider your application.

If the event occurred between 3-6 years ago, you’ll likely be limited to certain building societies or subprime lenders.

If the event was over six years ago, you’ll find high-street lenders will begin to start considering your application.

What Will Improve My Chances of Securing a Subprime Mortgage?

1) Deposit amount: A larger deposit can enhance the likelihood of approval. Subprime lenders may stipulate deposits ranging from 20% to 30% to mitigate lending risk.

2) Income: Subprime lenders typically necessitate full-time, permanent employment or self-employment with a consistent income. This stability aids in evaluating your capacity to meet mortgage obligations. If you’ve recently commenced a new job, it may be prudent to wait before applying for a mortgage to establish a solid employment history.

3) Credit score context: Not all instances of poor credit carry the same weight. Subprime lenders acknowledge that there can be mitigating circumstances behind financial histories. Therefore, they are inclined to consider more than just the numerical aspects of your credit report. Providing a clear explanation of the circumstances surrounding any defaults and County Court Judgments (CCJs) is crucial on the application.

Looking for a subprime mortgage might feel daunting, but we are here to help. As a company who is authorised to search the whole of market, Your Mortgage People has access to thousands of mortgage products, enabling us to help people from all kinds of financial backgrounds.

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