BANK STATEMENT LOANS

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Self-employed? Just because your self-employed does not mean you can’t get a mortgage. Our program does not require any tax returns or financial statements to purchase a new home or refinance an existing one. To qualify, we need only 12 months or 24 months of bank statements. This type of program is perfect for entrepreneurs, business owners, consultants, realtors, restaurant owners and contractors.

What is a bank statement loan?

Back in the early 2000’s we use to have stated income programs which relied on credit score and a stated income by the borrower. Unfortunately, these types of loans do not exist anymore due to the housing crash in 2008. Fortunately, bank statement loans have taken the place of stated income loans as an alternative to providing W2’s, tax returns or pay stubs. These are known as non-qualified mortgages, Non-QM. This type of loan offers expanded criteria to allow for other forms of documentation to show the ability to service debt. Effectively, we are using the bank statements to verify the borrower’s income to justify making the mortgage payment on time.

Bank Statement Loans

 

Self-employed? Just because your self-employed does not mean you can’t get a mortgage. Our program does not require any tax returns or financial statements to purchase a new home or refinance an existing one. To qualify, we need only 12 months or 24 months of bank statements. This type of program is perfect for entrepreneurs, business owners, consultants, realtors, restaurant owners and contractors.

What is a bank statement loan?

Back in the early 2000’s we use to have stated income programs which relied on credit score and a stated income by the borrower. Unfortunately, these types of loans do not exist anymore due to the housing crash in 2008. Fortunately, bank statement loans have taken the place of stated income loans as an alternative to providing W2’s, tax returns or pay stubs. These are known as non-qualified mortgages, Non-QM. This type of loan offers expanded criteria to allow for other forms of documentation to show the ability to service debt. Effectively, we are using the bank statements to verify the borrower’s income to justify making the mortgage payment on time.

Can I get approved for a loan with bank statements?

If you own your own business, an entrepreneur, a gig worker, realtor or self employed this is a great option. Bank statement loans are a type of loan based off your business or personal bank statements versus tax returns or employer verification. The flexibility these loans give you are nice because it’s not traditional and typically comes with a higher interest rate to mitigate the lenders risk.

What documents are required for a bank statement loan?

For traditional qualified mortgages, lenders require tax returns for 2 years, copies of W2 statements and 2 to 3 months bank statements along with at least 30 days-worth of pay stubs. Bank statement loans fall under the non-qualified mortgage category and require 12 to 24 months bank statements.

Do lenders qualify 100% of your bank statement deposits?

Lenders typically discount the top line deposits by 30% to 50% depending on the nature of the business. For consulting businesses, lenders discount the revenue by 30% meaning if your showing $100,000 per month in deposits then $70,000 of the revenue is applicable towards qualifying your loan. This amount is used to determine whether you can service the debt. For product-based businesses, lenders discount the revenue by 50%. 

 

Should I disclose all my bank accounts to lender?

It’s best to disclose the bank statements that are going to be used to qualify your income. If you have any insufficient funds or discrepancies that could make an underwriter question your bank statement, it’s recommended not to submit those. Only use the bank statements which will be used to verify your assets for reserve requirements and income.

Are spending habits considered by underwriters?

Underwriters review bank statements to determine the borrower can afford the monthly mortgage being applied for. These spending habits help the underwriter draw conclusions on your monthly ending cash flow.

How long does it take to get approved for a bank statement loan?

Typically, underwriting takes 2 to 3 days depending on the market conditions. During times of lower interest rates you can see underwriting take up to 5 maybe even 7 days. This process also includes verification of information provided, proper escrow and title procedure to ensure clear chain of title.

Who is a bank statement loan designed for?

These types of loans are great for people who do not have a standard 9am to 5pm job or someone who cannot get proof of income from an employer.

People that may want to consider bank statement loans are:

  • Doctors
  • Small business owners
  • Lawyers
  • Real estate investors and agents
  • Freelancers

Pros of bank statement loans:

  1. Higher debt to income ratio, up to 55%
  2. Higher loan amount limits
  3. Can be used on investor properties, 2nd homes and primary residence
  4. No tax returns needed
Bank Statement Loans | Self Employed Mortgage
Bank Statement Loans

 

Cons of bank statement loans

  1. Higher interest rates from lender to mitigate risk
  2. Larger down payments are required
  3. Specialty lender is required, not all banks offer this solution

 

How difficult is it to get approved for a bank statement loan?

First, you need strong monthly cash flow depositing into a bank account. Second, depending on your credit score you may or may not get approved. The minimum FICO score is 620 required to get approved and comes with a much higher interest versus a borrower who has 720 FICO score.

 

What do lenders look for on your bank statements?

Lenders review bank statements for a variety of reasons. First, they like to see if you have the proper down payment needed for the transaction if a purchase loan. Second, they look for overdrafts how many and how often. Third, regular monthly deposits. Fourth, they look for assets to ensure there’s at least 6-month worth of reserves available. Finally, are your funds seasoned meaning have they been in your account for a short or long period of time. Seasoning of funds should be at least 3 months. 

 

Why do lenders/banks ask for bank statements?

Bank statements are an alternate way to get approved for a loan compared to traditional mortgages. Bank statements tell the financial health of a potential borrower. It helps lenders mitigate risk when lending. Additionally, it helps reduce fraud. Essentially, bank statements help lenders get a summary of your deposits and withdrawals.

How long have bank statement loans been available?

Since the mortgage crash of 2008, lenders have eliminated stated income loans for obvious reasons. Recently, lenders have identified a niche in borrowers specifically for self-employed borrowers looking for loans. The demand has been so big that lenders have created bank statement loans around the year 2017. In 2021, there’s only handful of lenders focusing on this niche. It’s unknown how long bank statement loans will be available for so please check with your lender or contact an advisor to find the right solution for you.

 

 

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