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When is a mortgage payment actually considered late?

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When is a mortgage payment actually considered late?

So, the short answer is that every mortgage is due on the first of the month.

Now, where it gets a little trickier is that there are two different ways to think about if it’s late:

  1. When the bank thinks that you’re late
  2. When the credit bureau thinks you’re late

When the bank or lender thinks you’re late

Now, the lender doesn’t consider your payment late until after the 15th. If they receive payments within the first 15 days, you’re in the clear. There’s no penalty during this time.

But what happens if you’re late?

What happens if your payment goes out on the 16th? In most cases, the bank will assign you an additional fee of 5% of your loan payment. Nothing will happen to your credit.

When the credit bureau thinks you’re late

The credit bureau will consider you late if your payment is received after 30 days, the moment it is a month over. If there are 31 days in the month that doesn’t matter, it needs to be received by within 30 days. If your payment is late, they’ll give you a “30 day late” on your credit report, which is not something you want at all. And if you’re 90 days late on a mortgage, likely foreclosure proceedings will have started. Now, each state has different laws on foreclosure proceedings, but in Arizona, it’s at 90 days that you’re served. And then you only have 90 days after you’re served before your foreclosure proceedings will start.

If you have one 30-day late on your credit it’s not impossible to still get approved for new loans in the future, but it will make it a bit harder.


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Signature Home Loans LLC does not provide tax, legal, or accounting advice. This material has been prepared for informational purposes only. You should consult your own tax, legal, and accounting advisors before engaging in any transaction. Signature Home Loans NMLS 1007154, NMLS #210917 and 1618695. Equal housing lender.


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