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There are now many lenders offering minimum payment options. For the borrower it is critical to understand how these loans work before they sign up for them. Here are some items to consider:

1. Different payment level options

The basic feature of these types of loans is that a customer has a choice in the amount of payments they make for an initial period. This can give you several different levels of payments you can make each month. For example, you can pay the guaranteed loans with poor credit ( ) at the 30 year loan level, at the interest-only level, or even less than interest only.

2. Minimum payment term

The minimum payment in the beginning can be less than interest-only. Anytime you choose to make this payment, the difference between your payment and the interest-only payment is added to your principal. For example, if the interest-only payment is $2,000 and the minimum payment is $1,700, if you choose to make the minimum payment then $300 will be added to your principal ($2,000-$1,700-$300).

3. Indexes

The interest rate on many of these types of loans is based on an index. This index can change on a monthly basis. The interest rate is the combination of the index plus a fixed margin. As the index changes, so does the interest rate. These indexes include LIBOR, COSI, CODI, and others. These indexes change at different rates. Sometimes the indexes can be the ongoing average of the past 12 months of a specific interest rate measure. Since a rolling average is being used, changes in the index occur more slowly over time.

4. Escalating payments

Minimum payment loans typically offer the minimum payment option for the first five years of the loan. Each year the minimum payment is fixed, but is increased slightly each year for the first five years. This is an example, and you should check carefully the options for the loan you are looking at.

5. Recast of the loan

Some loans require that the loan be "reset" under certain circumstances. If the loan increases over time to a preset amount, then the loan no longer offers a minimum payment option. It is recast. An example of a triggering event is if the loan value is 110% of the value of the property. If minimum payments are constantly made, the loan balance increases over time.

6. Lifetime cap

The tribal installment loans for bad credit ( ) may have a lifetime interest-rate cap. This can be 9.99% or another level, but it may offer some protection to a borrower from large increases in the interest rate.

7. Downside risks

The loan may allow some borrowers to decrease their equity over time. This depends on market value trends, interest rates, and the payment choices of the borrower.

8. Prepayment penalty

These installation loan ( ) can come with a prepayment penalty. It is important to know this for your own planning purposes. Prepayment penalties can work in two ways. They are "hard" or "soft". A hard prepayment penalty is a prepayment penalty that is triggered whether you sell the property or refinance. A soft prepayment is triggered when you refinance the property, but not when you sell it. A soft prepayment penalty can give you a little more flexibility.

This article is from the Loan Library. We have a large number of articles and quick tips to help you refinance, consolidate debt, shop for a mortgage, or anything else mortgage related.

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