When Subaru pays your mortgage
Subaru is making home financing a lot easier, and it’s starting to pay off.
The automaker said Wednesday it’s offering new loans to its drivers who are on the brink of foreclosure.
Subarus typically won’t offer a home equity line of credit, but it has been giving loans for the past few years to borrowers who are making a down payment on a home, or who have been paying off their mortgage for more than a year.
But with the new credit line, the automaker is adding a new line of Credit Card-like loans, with interest rates ranging from 2.5 percent to 3.5 percentage points.
For a home with a downpayment of less than $500,000, a home purchase is considered a prepayment, and the loan term is capped at 25 years.
For someone making $500 million or more, a loan is a monthly payment, and you can pay it off over 25 years, according to the credit card company.
The loans can be for $500 or more in the first year, but you can only qualify for one of them at a time.
In addition, if the borrower has more than $1 million in debt, they’ll need to make payments for each month of the delinquency period, which can last up to 25 years after the loan is paid off.
You’ll still have to pay interest on the loan as a penalty, which is typically 10 percent per month.
If the borrower owes more than that, they’re allowed to pay the full amount, but that won’t be a permanent solution.
Subaru said it’s also offering a second line of loans, called an Accelerated Purchase Option, that can be used to reduce the cost of a home mortgage.
Accelerated purchase options aren’t new, but they’re a significant upgrade.
They can be more cost-effective and faster than a traditional mortgage, but borrowers typically have to make down payments for the first two years of the loan before they can qualify for the loan.
For borrowers who need a little help in the home buying process, Accelerated Mortgage Loan can be a good option.
“It’s not the same as a conventional loan,” said Richard Dye, senior director of corporate finance at the company.
“In this case, it’s an option that we have.”
The loans are available for home buyers in all 50 states.
Suburban auto lender Citibank also has a home loan program, and both have added Accelerated Loan options.
For homeowners with smaller down payments, Citibanks Accelerated Home Loan and Citibans Accelerated Auto Loan are the most expensive options.
Both offer a 25-year repayment schedule, and Citigroup Accelerated Residential Mortgage Loan is the second-lowest rate.
“With our Accelerated Property Loan, borrowers have the option to take advantage of the lower interest rate and better terms on the other loan,” Citigroup spokesman Joe Kestell said.
“These two loan options also provide a loan-to-value ratio that is more favorable to borrowers with moderate down payments.”
For borrowers with more debt, the Citibills Accelerated Residence Mortgage Loan and the Citigroup Residential Mortgage Loans are the best options.
The Citibas Accelerated Personal Mortgage, Citigroup’s version of a traditional loan, can be extended up to 20 years and is typically $1,000 to $2,500.
The other options, the Credit Cards Accelerated Money Market Home Loans, are available at a fixed rate of 3 percent to 5 percent.
The Credit Cards loan is for people with $1 to $5 million in outstanding debt, but the credit limits are lower, and borrowers can qualify up to five times their monthly mortgage payments.
“You can use these to lower your mortgage payments and still get your home back on the market,” Kestella said.