What Are Stated Income Loans?

A Stated Income Loan is a loan program that does not require borrowers to document their source of income to the lender although they declare it on their application. Therefore, borrowers who receive a W2 or 1099 form (for self-employed or independent contractors) at the end of the year do not have to provide that document to gain loan approval if all other criteria are satisfactory to the lender. IRS tax returns for personal or business are also not required. Borrowers will just state their income on the loan application and rely on their credit score, assets, and occupation type for approval. Some lenders refer to this loan type as a No Income Verification Loan (NIV).

It’s worth noting that many of the flexible terms and guidelines for this program has changed since 2008 and become a lot stricter due to borrower defaults. For example, to refinance your home on a stated income mortgage, homeowners will now need 30% or more equity and the same rule applies for a purchase; 30% or more down payment. In states that badly need them like California, New York, and Texas, the availability has been reduced even more due to the Dodd-Frank Financial Reform Bill which makes them illegal for a lender who insures the loan. To offset the lack of availability, there are a few portfolio lenders and small regional banks that still offer them, just not the large financial depository institutions like Bank of America and Wells Fargo Bank. Please discuss your loan options with a designated NMLS licensed originator or lender.

types of low doc loans  Stated Income Verified Assets Loan: (SIVA) – Borrower approval is based on your credit history, verifiable liquid assets, and of course the income you input on the application. If your income is "X" amount, then the "verified assets" should correlate to that income the borrower(s) puts down on the application. As a niche loan, this program is limited to certain states, requires equity ranging from 20% to 40% down for purchases and refinance.

For example, let's say an owner-occupant apples for this niche "lite doc" loan, they can purchase an $834,000 home with 25-percent down or a $1.3M single family residence with 30-percent down.

loan definition   Are they available in my state?
  – Portfolio lenders here can help borrowers get a low doc loan in major California cities which include Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, Santa Barbara, San Jose, Sacramento, and San Francisco. Also available in Arizona, Colorado, Oregon, Washington, Texas, Florida, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts). For the east coast, we send you a list of lenders there who provide low doc loans.

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[Updated Feb. 5, 2015]. Some programs, NOT all, may require the borrower(s) to sign IRS form 4506 which gives the lender permission to verify tax returns. If that is not something you want, see if you are eligible for a 12 or 24 month bank statements program where NO tax returns, and NO 4506 forms are needed.

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(updated Feb 2015, – Contact us for rules)

Requirements for Stated Income Home Loans:

Lenders typically want applicants to have at least a 2 year history of employment or self-employment in the same industry. Self-employed borrowers can prove their job history by obtaining a letter from an accountant or CPA on their company letterhead to get verification. It can be any accountant or CPA as long as they have reviewed your taxes.
Additional ways to prove self-employment are to: business license 2 years verification
1.) provide two years of business license copies or
2.) confirmation from (3} business associates who have no interest in your business. The income stated on the application is what qualifies you for the loan, so do not underestimate or substantially exceed the income you make. The amount you insert must be typical for your line of work otherwise a red flag will be raised. A federal signed 4506T tax form may be required by the lender prior to closing (At present, it is NOT required).

Credit & Reserves:

Borrowers generally need credit FICO scores above 700 (some lenders guidelines are 740 or above ; updated Mar 2013)

– No mortgage payments more than 30 days late in the past 24 months.
– No short sales, foreclosures, bankruptcies, or repossessions
- No unpaid judgments, liens, or collections. (collections of $500 or less are sometimes allowed)
Loan Programs offered on 5 & 7 year ARMs & 30 year fixed. The borrower should have a minimum of 6 to 12 months of the mortgage payment in "personal" liquid cash reserves on a purchase or refinance for the best rate. At times, lenders may request you to have 10% to 20% of stated income in Liquid Cash Reserves on large jumbo loans. Reserves can be from checking, savings, CD’s, money market accounts,cash, stocks, bonds, IRA’s, 401k’s, and Keogh accounts.

On cash out refinances, reserves can come from the loan proceeds although the credit score may need to be higher. The other programs (30 year and 15 year fixed) require less reserves.

NOTE: The terms and conditions and availability change frequently on these loans. Currently, stated income loans are being provided by a select few mortgage companies and portfolio lenders in California, Washington, Arizona, New York, New Jersey, and Massachusetts with rates ranging from .50% to 2% higher than conventional rates. It just requires some extra legwork to accomplish your financial goals since it is now an uncommon program so check back often.

To get a rate quote and see what lenders have to offer, try our simple FREE Pre-Qualification process today.

No Income Verification Mortgages Intended For Who?

The loan program was originally intended for self-employed professionals such as doctors, lawyers, stock brokers, realtors who have multiple expense write-offs on their tax returns that significantly reduced their gross income although their lifestyle was much higher than their adjusted gross income on their tax returns. The eligible guidelines are expanded with some lenders for borrowers who receive a salary plus cash that is not documented. A good example would be a restaurant server (waitress, waiter, bartender), caterers, shuttle & limo drivers, and similar service jobs. In addition, borrowers who regularly receive monthly rental income from occupants or travelers from a verbal agreement and nothing signed to prove the source would fit into this type of financing.

If you’re a neurosurgeon, it would not be a surprise to claim that you make $40k to $50k a month. However, if you’re the average neighborhood barbershop charging $10, underwriters will have a hard time believing your claim of raking in $15,000 month after month. The odds against it are very huge for that line of work. Consequently, a lot of loan applications submitted with incomes deemed to be inflated will not be approved. These are the borrowers who made the term "liar loan" before 2007 a reality when they were approved.

It’s not uncommon to have a loan request rejected when the stated income figure they use does not correlate with the job title or position. Most underwriters ascertain a borrower’s normal earnings based on their profession, years of experience, and job location with Salary.com.

Often, investors and people who don’t want to show their tax returns inquire about stated income or no doc loans for residential financing but they exist as well on commercial property loans. So, investors can also apply for the program on a 5+ unit property too.

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* NOTE: Loan programs are subject to change without notice. We are not a lender. We simply display popular loan programs that mortgage companies are utilizing in the ALT-A market.

Related Information

Journal of Business and Economic Research study on No Income Verification Loans And Investor Activity.
Fed’s statement on Subprime Mortgage Lending and the impending problems it creates.

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