By Matt Allen
Vice President, Portfolio Lending (NMLS #415037)

How Bank Statement Loans Work

Sep 30, 2019

  • Mortgages
  • Mortgage Programs
  • Bank Statement Loan

If you are a self-employed business owner, you’re probably juggling business and home finances. Maybe you’ve decided it’s time to buy that house you and your family have wanted. When you're self-employed, you don't have the luxury of being able to provide pay stubs or show net income on tax returns when you're trying to secure a mortgage loan. Not having these required documents can make getting approved difficult, even with good credit.  A bank statement loan could be just the solution.

What is a Bank Statement Loan

With bank statement loans, the lender analyzes a borrower's income using bank statements instead of standard documentation. 

Lenders that offer bank statement loan programs examine borrowers' bank statements over a 12- —to 24-month period to determine their net income, which is the amount of money earned after they have paid taxes and business-related expenses.

How to Qualify for a Bank Statement Loan

The qualifications for a bank statement loan may vary by lender. However, in general, a borrower must have at least two years of self-employed income and business experience. Once a lender has determined income, they will decide the maximum loan amount allowed. This is based on the borrower’s debt-to-income ratio, a percentage of the monthly income that goes towards paying any debt they may have, including a mortgage.

Lenders usually require a higher down payment for a bank statement loan. Even if the borrower has a good credit history, the lender may require 10% or more for a down payment.

Like a traditional mortgage loan, a bank statement loan requires a good credit score to be approved. You must also keep reserve money on hand to show that you have available funds if your income falls too low. The lower your loan-to-value ratio, the more likely you'll be approved for a bank statement loan.

If you want to see if a bank statement loan is right for you, contact the mortgage professionals at NASB at 855-465-0753 or click here for more information.