Once again new mortgage products are hitting the market and serving a smaller more niche segment of American consumers. This is a great alternative product for the homebuyer and homeowner. Typically coming with 30, 25, 20, 15, 10 year fixed, adjustable rates and even some interest only options. Let’s take a look at the bank statement mortgage, the “Good Bad and the Ugly”. Let’s start with some negatives.
The Bank Statement Mortgage generally comes with a higher than average interest rate. It makes sense. The more risky a mortgage is, the more it costs. Using bank statements as income to qualify is by itself more risky. The lender is basically acknowledging you may not be able to qualify for a mortgage if you used your traditional income documentation, like tax returns, W-2’s, paystubs etc. Expect an interest rate at least 1.5% over the going conforming market rate and cost. You will almost certainly pay fees/points to get a manageable rate. But again, it is an Alternative when you’ve been turned down for a conventional conforming mortgage.
You don’t get to use ALL your deposits. Typically, you cannot use all your deposits. Lenders will typically disallow, returns, refunds, cash (unless typical for business) and transfers from other bank accounts you control. You will also most likely have an expense factor subtracted from your deposits… Oh yeah and your deposits need to usually be within your Profit & Loss Statements stated income. It’s not JUST your bank statements being used it the whole financial picture. A qualified licensed Loan Officer is critical for a smooth bank statement loan.
You may be able to use business or personal bank statements. This mortgage product sometimes allows wage earners to use personal bank statements and self-employed borrowers to use business bank statements. The percentage of deposits you can use, can be impacted by the number of owners of your company.
You can borrower up to 90% of your home’s value. Or put down as little as 10% if you are buying a home. This program has slowly expanded and there are programs that can allow you to borrower up to 90% of the value of you home. Purchase, Cash-Out or Rate and Term Refinances are available.
There isn’t usually any Mortgage Insurance required on these products. So no mortgage insurance payment every month if you borrower more than 80% of your value.
Don’t forget to check for a prepayment penalty. Some of these products carry with them a prepayment penalty, in the event you pay the loan off early. Make sure to read your loan documents carefully!
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