Bank Statement Mortgage for Self-Employed Borrowers

Many people who are business owners or receive a 1099 may agree that their tax returns don't really show their true income. If you're self-employed and live in a high-cost state like California you tend to write off many expenses that a salaried or W2 employee is not able to do. As a result, the income on your tax returns may not qualify for a traditional mortgage. The bank statement mortgage is a great alternative income solution offered by certain lenders to help self-employed borrowers qualify for a mortgage without tax returns.

You Have 4 Bank Statement Loan Options

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12 Month Bank Statement Loan Program

Borrower(s) provide the lender their most recent 12 months of personal bank statements showing deposits from work with as low as 10-percent down. Business account statements spanning one year may be used as well to qualify.

24 Month Program

Borrower(s) will need to furnish 24 months of bank statements (personal or business) dating back from the last statement received. Example, if we are in the middle of April, then you'd provide 24 months back starting with your March statement.

1 or 6 Month Program
The 1 & 6 month program only allow personal bank statements to be used. Your middle credit score should be 720 or higher and maximum loan to value is 70 percent (or 30-percent down payment). You must be self-employed and have owned real estate in your name in the last three years.

The interest rate will be higher than the 12-24 month product since you are providing less income documentation.

How to Qualify for the Bank Statement Mortgage Loan

Your employment status

This type of financing is available only for self-employed borrower(s), business owners, or for two borrowers where one or more of the borrowers is self-employed for the last two years. This is a great solution if you're commissioned, receive a 1099 borrowers and don't want to provide tax returns or IRS tax transcripts. You simply need to show proof of income by providing 12 to 24 consecutive months of bank statements.

Required Self Employment Documentation
A copy of the business license or "Articles of Incorporation" showing you have been self-employed in the most recent two years OR have a licensed CPA or enrolled IRS tax preparer draft a letter confirming the same.

Your Income & Deposits
Income is calculated by averaging 100% of work-related deposits from your most recent 12 months of personal bank statements. If your statements show low deposits for two or three months, then a large deposit the following month, the underwriter may request an additional 12 months to confirm their monthly income normally fluctuates.

For business bank statements, and depending on the type of business as much as 90% of the job-related deposits can be used, not 100%.

The maximum "debt to income" (DTI) ratio is 50%.
Want the best rate?
Borrowers with a DTI of 43 or less receive the lowest rate available & pricing for bank statement loans. The savings can be substantial for applicants with low debt-to-income ratios.

24 month bank statement loan

Minimum Credit Scores Needed
680 or higher middle FICO scores may qualify for as much as 90% financing depending on the appraised value.
** Credit Scores of 620-679 are acceptable at lower LTV and higher interest rates
Refinance with cash back: 680+ credit scores and up to 80% financing;

Monthly Reserves:
Minimum 2-3 months of the full mortgage payment (P.I.T.I.)
6 months is needed for the best interest rates
If the loan amount is over $1 million, then 6 months is mandatory. If the loan is over $2 million, then 12 months.


Acceptable Properties and Usage
Single family homes, townhomes, condos, condotel, duplex, triplex or fourplex all qualify on various programs. Property usage can be as a primary residence, second home, or rental property.

Loan Amounts & Down Payments

  • 90% financing up to $2,500,000*  best rates with 740 and above credit scores
  • 80% financing up to $2,000,000*
  • $3,000,000 loan at 75% of the home's value (75 LTV on a cash out)
  • $3,500,000 loan amount on a $5.3 million home (65-percent of value) with a 740 middle FICO score
  • Loans up to $5,000,000 using bank statements for homes worth $9 million and above
  • Minimum loan amounts are $150,000

Which states is this available in?

We will have a loan officer help you if the property is located in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Maryland, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina, Washington, Tennessee, and Texas.

California Bank Statement Mortgage Lenders

Athas Capital, Citadel, Green Box, Oaktree and many other lenders offer this type of loan for eligible self-employed borrowers. By applying online here you'll gain access to best mortgage lenders for the bank statement loan. You'll be surprised to learn that fees with the same wholesale lender through another company (Omni) are lower than a competiting mortgage broker you were considering. This is where it truly does pay to shop.

These alternative income verification loans are not difficult when using an experienced loan officer.

Additional product information
This loan type is offered on a 30 year fixed-rate or adjustable-rate mortgages with 5, 7, or 10 year fixed terms then it becomes adjustable. Rates start at 4.25% with 760 and above credit scores and 30% down. This is not a commitment to lend. Loan is subject to credit approval.

What is the Advantage?
No Tax Returns and No 4506-T forms to sign. With the bank statement loan program your income is not reduced by tax deductions.

We have programs that allow eligible deposits on bank statements from:
1. Paypal, Square, Amazon, AMEX and merchant accounts if this is related to and typical for your business.
2. W2 employee income from co-borrower is acceptable if there is a two-year history.
3. Retirement income (IRA, Annuities, SSA, Pensions).

Reasons why a bank statement lender may have turned you down
1.) Some lenders have business bank statement programs where they automatically reduce the income by 50% or more, so you may not qualify. Yes, that makes no sense because everybody doesn't have 50% expenses.

Fortunately, our loan officers have a program that reduces your business bank statements from just 10-30% of gross deposits. We understand that not all self-employed freelancers or commissioned agents have expenses that total 50% of their income every month.

2.) Some lenders won't allow you to use 2 or more bank acccounts. We have a program that does allow 2 or more accounts to be used for income.

Why Apply Here?

- You can compare quotes with another mortgage company
- You tend to get lower fees if the property is located in California, Colorado, Florida or Texas.
- $0 Processing Fees, $0 Application, $0 Administration Fees
- Experience and professionalism makes for a smooth transaction

**Last updated Nov. 1, 2019

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