Mortgage and Portfolio Loan Guide

Jumbo Loan After Foreclosure

How to Get a Jumbo Loan After Foreclosure

Getting a jumbo loan (or any mortgage for that matter) after foreclosure requires a close and careful evaluation depending on how much you can put down. Whether you’re getting a jumbo loan, traditional mortgage, or a portfolio loan; there are some things that you can do to prepare yourself to buy a home again.

We’ll look at some specific requirements below and hopefully give you the confidence you need to prepare yourself to buy again after having a foreclosure.

Buying a house with bad credit or damaged credit can be challenging, but it shouldn’t be impossible.

When you know what you’re up against, the task of getting ready and getting approved becomes much more attainable.jumbo loan after foreclosure

With so many folks regaining stability after the great recession, many find themselves to be in a housing circumstance where they are ready to upgrade to a better position, but don’t quite meet traditional lending guidelines. Whether it’s getting a larger home, or moving to a more favorable neighborhood many are ready to start a new chapter.

The light at the end of the tunnel is within reach for more people now than in the most recent number of years.

The problem that arises is the required waiting period after foreclosure or any major credit event like bankruptcy or short sale.

Traditional guidelines on a jumbo loan say you need to wait 7 years after foreclosure, but not if you’re getting a portfolio loan.

What is a portfolio loan?

Portfolio loans are non-traditional mortgage loans that are designed to meet the home financing goals of a borrower with unique circumstances. They are done by small banks, lenders, and credit unions. And these types of loans do not go by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, or FHA guidelines.

Whether it’s damaged credit, unique income, or property issues; portfolio loans are designed to be a solution for the tough scenarios.

The main factor when lenders evaluate potential portfolio loan candidates are: equity, reserves, and ability to repay.

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What is the waiting period after foreclosure on a Jumbo Loan?

Typically what you’re going to find when seeking a jumbo loan after foreclosure is that 7 years is the waiting period with most lenders, but not with portfolio loans.

With a portfolio loan there are options where no waiting period after foreclosure or short sale is required.buying a house with bad credit

How do you suppose that is possible?

Obviously there are going to be strict guidelines if you’re looking to get around a major hurdle like a recent foreclosure. And the interest rates and costs are going to be higher than standard loans. These loans are considered higher risk. For that reason the lender has to mitigate that risk through pricing adjustments.

If you’re looking to get approved for a jumbo loan, and you’ve had a recent foreclosure, here are some basic things you should keep in mind…

No waiting period after foreclosure or short sale:

  • Minimum credit score is 580
  • 20% down payment
  • Must have 3 tradelines reporting on credit report for at least 12 months
  • Max loan amount is $1MM
  • 6 months reserves minimum (9 months for loans >750,000)

For better rates, and 2 years after foreclosure or short sale:

  • Minimum credit score is 620
  • 25% down payment (or as low as 10% down if credit score is 680+)
  • Must have 3 tradelines reporting on credit report for at least 12 months
  • Max loan amount is $1.25MM
  • 6 months reserves

For even better rates, and 3 years after foreclosure or short sale (ideal scenario):

  • Minimum credit score is 680
  • 30% down payment
  • Must have 3 tradelines reporting on credit report for at least 12 months
  • Lax loan amount is $1.25MM
  • 9 months reserves

Not all products are available in all states, and guidelines can change. But I at least wanted to communicate what can typically be expected. Reach out to me for your specific questions and scenario.

Although 30 year fixed options are available, it typically makes more sense to do these on a 5 year or 7 year ARM because of the rate difference. The goal is to refinance into something more suitable when the waiting period from foreclosure meets traditional guidelines.

Keep in mind, for primary residence, in many cases there are no pre-payment penalties on these loans.

Portfolio loans like these are a temporary fix for temporary circumstances. In most cases, it still makes more sense than renting because you’re building equity in the home you want, in the area you desire.

Portfolio loans are also available for business owners, and investors.

How long does it take to close?

Typically these loans take longer to close than the typical mortgage because of the risk involved and the special attention required.mortgage after short sale

The first step is to get pre-approved.

Although some close within 45 days, some can take 60 days.

The most important thing you can do to reduce the amount of time it takes to close your loan is to provide everything that is requested as soon as you can. Typically, if the communication is sound, and what is requested is provided, the process is much more smooth.

For portfolio loans especially, having a thought out letter of explanation can go a long way. The reason I stress that is because these loans are treated with more common sense logic than most loans you’ll find. The lender truly tries to find a way to say “yes”. But if the story doesn’t make sense, and the explanation is shaky, things could become more difficult than they need to be.

Trying to get by with the bare-minimum documentation often results in frustration and delays.

Be honest, and be transparent. Don’t wait for the lender to find an issue that you know exists. Be open about it so that a solution can be discussed.

portfolio mortgage lendersIf you have had a recent bankruptcy, foreclosure, or short-sale and you’re back on your feet, I invite you to reach out to me. I can’t help in every scenario, but many times I am able to make it work even if other lenders have said the loan cannot be done.

When you reach out, you won’t be connected with an assistant or someone overseas, you’ll be connected with me directly. About me

I hope you found this to be helpful, and I look forward to helping you accomplish your home ownership goals.

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Adam Lesner | NMLS 198818 | Troy, Michigan

Peoples Bank & Trust Co | Michigan, Massachusetts, and Florida. Also offering financing in most states across the US including (but not limited to) Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Washington DC, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Virginia, Wisconsin.

5 Odd Things Your Credit Report Doesn’t Show

Good or bad, there are some misconceptions about what information is shown on the credit report.

Before diving into what doesn’t show, let’s take a look at the things that are reported.

When you are looking to buy or refinance a home, your lender will want to take a look at your credit report. Your lender is looking for several specific things.

A few things we do look for on your credit report:

  • Monthly liabilities like car loans, credit cards, student loans, and personal loans. Your monthly liabilities are used to calculate your debt-to-income ratio, and play a big part in your mortgage approval. The ideal situation is to have a DTI (debt-to-income ratio) of 45% or less. So basically you want to have monthly expenses that equal to less than half of what your monthly income is. Note: Student loans sometimes are in deferment status, so no payment is shown. In this case the lender will use a percentage of the balance as a monthly payment, or you can provide a letter from the student loan company stating what your payment will be when you start paying on your loan. With some loan programs you’re able to exclude that liability entirely as long as the loan isbusiness-17965_640 deferred for a certain amount of time (usually at least 12 months).
  • Credit scores. The lender is pulling a trimerge credit report. This means your scores and history are being pulled from all three credit bureaus (experian, equifax, and transunion). The lender will use the middle of the 3 scores. Don’t be surprised if each score is different, that’s common. The reason they are different is because not all creditors report your liabilities to all three bureaus (because it costs time and money to do so). By pulling your credit from all three credit bureaus, we’re able to see as much history as possible to make an educated decision regarding your credibility as a borrower.
  • Bruises. Things like current or past collections, late payments, judgments, tax liens, bankruptcies, foreclosures, and short sales are reported on your credit report. As a lender we take these into consideration when making a decision on your loan. We look for: how long ago did this take place, is there anything still outstanding, have you gotten back on your feet (re-establishing your credit)? Most people think that if they had a bankruptcy or foreclosure in the last year, they can’t buy a house, but with portfolio loans there may be an option if you’re back on your feet.

So those are the basics that we look for on a credit report. But what about the other stuff?

Time and again I go over credit reports with borrowers and it seems like the same questions pop up. “What about ‘X’ liability? I have been paying on that for years, doesn’t that count for something?”

Very valid point. Let’s take a look.
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5 things that don’t typically show on your credit report:

red 1 brighton mi mortgageYour rent payment history.

You have been renting for two years. Never late. Your landlord loves you, but your credit score is 550. What gives? Doesn’t two years of faithful payments mean anything in this world? Yes, and no. Yes it means something because when you get a mortgage your lender will contact your landlord for verification of on-time payments (verification of rent or VOR). By having a squeaky clean history you simply set yourself up for success.  On the flip side, your faithful payments are not going to be reflected on your credit report because it’s highly unlikely that your landlord will take the time and effort to report your payment history to the credit bureaus. The landlord would actually have to pay to report their information to the bureaus.

red 2 brighton mi mortgageYour income.

“Just take a look at my credit report, you’ll see where I’ve worked and how much I’ve made.” Um, no. Your income is definitely not reported on your credit report. There may be instances where your employer’s address could pop up on your report as a previous address, but the credit bureaus do not know how much you make. Nor should they. The fact of the matter is, your income isn’t a refection of creditworthiness. Income is definitely a factor with a mortgage approval, but not given any weight when it comes to credit score.

red 3 brighton mi mortgageLand contract history.

Some people buy their home with seller financing (commonly called “land contract” in the great state of land contract brighton mi mortgageMichigan). This is a way to purchase a home if you don’t fit within normal lending guidelines. The seller acts as the lender and accepts payments each month. There are some companies that will actually assist the seller with managing this type of private mortgage. The problem is it takes additional time and effort for the seller to go through the process of getting credit reporting set up. I say that there are companies that help with these types of matters, but to be honest, I have never seen land contract payment history on a credit report. Ever. In this case the (new) lender would reach out to the land contract holder to verify the payments have been current, get an official payoff, and verify with the county if the land contract was ever recorded.

red 4 brighton mi mortgageReal time data.

Your credit report doesn’t get updated like your Facebook feed. If you pay down a credit card, and have your credit pulled the next day, it’s probably still going to show your previous balance. If you’re looking to get an increase in your scores, pay down your balances on your credit cards, and wait a couple of weeks. Some experts have a rule of thumb to make the payment, wait until the next bill comes out (showing the new balance), and then have your credit pulled by your lender. To me that makes sense.

red 5 brighton mi mortgageThe sob story (last but not least).

There is always a detailed story behind each derogatory mark on a credit report, big or small. Whether it was your brother’s cell phone bill that you refuse to pay, or the hospital bill that insurance was supposed to cover. There’s always a long explanation. The credit report simply spits out data that they receive from creditors, not much more than that. If you have a situation that you believe is incorrect CALL THE CREDITOR. It’s not just going to “go away”. Talk to 10 different people if you have to, but come to some sort of resolution. If you choose to officially “dispute” the debt, it may create problems on your mortgage approval that you didn’t intend.

What is the weirdest thing you found on your credit report that you had to fight tooth and nail to get removed? Better yet, what was one thing you thought for sure would be on your credit report, but never was added?

Adam Lesner | Brighton, Michigan | Mortgage Loan Officer NMLS 198818

So Your EX Destroyed Your Credit…

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Post-Divorce Mortgage

I have seen it countless times. An otherwise “A grade” borrower is left with no mortgage options because their ex-spouse was extremely irresponsible with their finances while going through divorce. Resulting many times in no other option than having to file for bankruptcy, and even foreclose on their home.

For these types of situations there is hope!

FHA, VA, and conventional guidelines are set in stone. As brutal as it sounds, they don’t really care about the sob story. If you had a nasty divorce which resulted in a bankruptcy, short-sale, or foreclosure you’re pretty much between a rock and a hard place if you have any desire to be a homeowner in the next couple years.

So what can you do? You have been a homeowner since you graduated college 15 years ago. Are you really going to be forced to live with family, or rent? NO. Believe it or not, there are lenders out there that take a common sense approach to mortgage loans for people with bad creditlending. Lenders that will look at your situation from a common sense standpoint, and make every effort to understand exactly what led to the circumstances that you’re in. Lenders that will take into consideration that you fell on hard times, but are now back on your feet. These are the lenders that offer in-house portfolio lending. Lending designed to bring common sense back into the home financing world. Where you don’t have to fit inside the little black and white boxes of the strict government guidelines.

Imagine that?  Being treated like a human being instead of a statistic. What a refreshing concept?

So where do you start? The best thing to do is seek out a small-to-mid-size lender, bank, or credit union which offers portfolio loan financing. Find out what their requirements are for these unique loans. Find out what you can do to prepare as best you can. There are still going to be requirements to meet because they want to make sure you ARE back on your feet, and confirm that you do have the ability to repay the loan.

thumb-422147_640Some things to prepare yourself for when getting a portfolio loan:

  1. You’ll probably be required to put at least 10% down.
  2. Points may be required to cover the level of risk they are taking.
  3. Typically there is no mortgage insurance requirement 🙂
  4. You need to have a verifiable income.

 

Other situations when a portfolio loan may be your best option: unique property you’re looking to buy, self-employed less than two years, bad credit because of an isolated incident like a work injury, etc.



You thought you didn’t have a chance in the world to buy a home, but don’t give up. If you’re back on your feet, and you have at least 10% for down payment, home-ownership may be more within reach than you thought.

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I invite you to reach out to me directly to see if a portfolio loan is the right fit for you.

At the very least I should be able to point you in the right direction.

 

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Finally! Mortgage Loans for Bad Credit

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Yup, you’re approved!

Applying for mortgage loans when having bad credit can be uncomfortable to say the least. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard the same story. A great family, with strong stability fell on hard times. They had to let their house go because of a serious injury, downsizing of a company, or loss of a loved one. In many cases those folks get back on their feet within 6 months to a year, and would like to buy a home again. However, with the lending guidelines in today’s world, that can be quite a challenge.

The good news is there are lenders out there that will treat you like a human being. Mortgage loans for bad credit do exist, and I’ll tell you how to find them WITHOUT having to jump through a million hoops.

How bad can your credit be?

Well, it depends…

Credit scores and time since the blemish really aren’t the main factors. The main factor is “why”. What’s the story behind the credit problem? Were you blatantly irresponsible? Or did you have a rough patch?

Let’s say you had a foreclosure a year ago because your company outsourced your job after they cut your pay 50% a year before they let you go. You were in a position that you genuinely couldn’t afford to make your payment and had no choice but to foreclose. As long as you can some how prove the course of those events taking place, and show a previous history of being financially responsible, you definitely have a chance to get approved.

Now, if you “gave your house back to the bank” because you noticed home values were declining, that’s another story. It has to make sense. There needs to be proof that there was a legitimate reason for the cause of the credit issue.

Who can offer bad credit loans?

The vast majority of lenders, especially big banks, and mega-originators, only write “A-paper”. They are (for the most part) extremely conservative with what they will approve, and who they will approve. You want to look for a small to mid-size local company. Maybe a credit union or a company who has some sort of partnership with a credit union. Small local banks are good too.

Why? These types of companies are typically privately held. They are more likely to be committed to building and strengthening relationships in the community, and bend over backwards to meet the needs of their clients. I’m not suggesting that there aren’t awesome people that work at BIG companies. All I am saying is that their hands are tied many times because of the company they represent.

There is something special about reaching out to someone and telling them you can help when no one else would even give them a second look because of their bad credit. Really giving folks a second chance without making them wait 2-7 years to get back on their feet.

What can you expect with these in-house loans?

  • Primary residence only.
  • Usually 10% down will be required. Gift okay.
  • The interest rates may be higher than typical loans.
  • No monthly mortgage insurance even if you put less than 20% down.
  • Paying points may be required.
  • Okay on purchase or refinance. Even cash-out is okay in some cases!

Getting a loan like this isn’t for everyone. Typically it’s a short term fix for people with unique situations, but know that home-ownership is right for them. Once they’re back on their feet within a couple years, it would most likely make sense to refinance into the loan that meets the needs of their updated circumstances. Did you know this type of opportunity was available right now?

portfolio mortgage lendersI invite you to reach out to me.

Get your questions answered.

You won’t be talking to some newbie or intern, you’ll be talking with Adam Lesner directly. We don’t get everyone approved, but we do our best to find the right loan if it makes sense.

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Adam Lesner NMLS 198818 | Mackinac Savings Bank NMLS 401686 | Main offices in Michigan, Massachusetts, and Florida. Also offering financing in most states across the US including (but not limited to) Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Washington DC, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Ohio, Oregon, Tennessee, Virginia, Wisconsin.  

 


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