Mortgage and Portfolio Loan Guide

Jumbo Loans for Bad Credit

When seeking home financing with bad credit, your options may be limited. When seeking Jumbo Loans for bad credit, your options might even be more limited, but options are available.

Whether the low credit is due to recent foreclosure/bankruptcy/short sale or just recent collections, this post will tell you everything you need to know about how to get jumbo loans when you have bad credit.

What to Expect When Seeking Jumbo Loans for Bad Credit

In many cases, these loans can be done with as low as 500 credit score. These loans are typically referred to as “portfolio loans“.

When credit score is low, the lender is going to want to see strong compensating factors in order to give careful consideration on whether or not the loan can be funded.

Compensating factors that are helpful for approval if you do have bad credit:

  • Strong equity (or down payment). Although portfolio loans will allow 10% down payment (or 10% equity), typically that is if you have at least 660 credit and at least 2 years since major credit event like bankruptcy/foreclosure/short sale. The lower the credit, the higher the down payment. Example, if you have 500, it is likely you’ll need at least 25-30% down payment.
  • Strong liquid reserves. Lenders love to see that you have plenty of cash reserves or liquid reserves (401K, IRA, etc.) after it’s all said and done. It makes them feel comfortable knowing that if you were to fall on hard times, you have the means to still cover your mortgage and living expenses. Typically showing 6 months worth of reserves is a good sign.
  • Strong history with employer. Stability and consistency of income/employment is important. If you have been with your employer for 3 years, that factor will strengthen the overall profile. That doesn’t mean you’ll be declined if you don’t have 3 years on the job, but it does help if you do.jumbo loan with low credit
  • Low debt-to-income ratio. If you have bad credit, but a low debt to income ratio, it’s much more simple to demonstrate your ability to repay the mortgage. When calculating debt to income ratio, the lender will factor in your new mortgage payment (including taxes/insurance/HOA dues), and all other liabilities that are shown on your credit report. In addition, they will want to include any other real estate owned and taxes/insurance/HOA dues tied to those properties. The lender will take your monthly debt, divided by your monthly income, and that equals your debt-to-income ratio. Example, if your monthly debt is $5,000 and your monthly income is $15,000, your debt-to-income ratio is 33%. Some lenders will go as high as 55% (with strong compensating factors), but typically they are looking to see 45% or lower.
  • Low payment shock. Your current housing expense will be carefully considered when factoring in your new potential housing expense. It helps to show housing payment history, and not much of an increase when comparing present housing expense with new potential housing expense (unless it is a cash out refinance, and other monthly obligations are being paid off).

Be ready to give a thoughtful explanation as to why your credit is bad.

Portfolio loans are considered case by case, and it helps if you can clearly tell the story of what happened. [more on portfolio loans here]

4 Things You’ll Need To Do When Getting Jumbo Loans For Bad Credit

  1. Be prepared to tell your story. When getting a portfolio loan, the story matters. Take the time to have your facts straight and put it in writing. Help the lender understand exactly what the circumstances were which led to the credit challenge. Explain why these circumstances are isolated, and won’t happen again.
  2. Have all of your documents in order. Just like any other mortgage, when getting a jumbo loan with bad credit, you’ll need to document everything (income/credit/assets). Do not try to cut corners, or ask for exceptions on having all necessary docs. The lender is already taking a risk with lending on low credit. The goal is to minimize the layers of risk involved.
  3. Expect higher rates. When getting a portfolio loan you’re dealing with a different mortgage market than the conventional home financing world. These portfolio loans are designed to be a short term fix for short term circumstances. Once your credit meets normal lending guidelines, you’ll be refinancing into a traditional loan.
  4. Be patient. The underwriting process may take longer than traditional financing in some cases. People are surprised by this because they figure “outside-the-box” lending = quick-and-easy. That’s just not the case. Portfolio loans are carefully underwritten, and fully documented.

Alternative Documentation | Business Owners | Self-Employed

If you are a business owner who shows low net income on tax returns, a bank statement loan may be the best option for you to show your ability to repay the mortgage.

These loans allow self-employed individuals to use their personal or business bank statements to calculate income, and can be done with some low credit scenarios.

When using personal bank statements to qualify you’ll provide 12 months bank statements. Deposits will be averaged over that time frame, and unusual/unverifiable deposits will be excluded from income average.

When using business bank statements to qualify you’ll provide 24 months bank statements. You can only use business bank statements if you are 100% owner of the business. The deposits will be reviewed/averaged, and a “expense factor” will be applied. Typically, the minimum expense factor is 35%. So if you show 100K income, the usable amount is 65K. Your CPA will need to confirm what your expense factor should be.

[more on bank statement loans here]

Keep In Mind

  • Minimum down payment is 10%. The lower the credit, the higher the down payment.
  • Minimum credit score 500
  • Recent bankruptcy, foreclosure, short sale is okay
  • Typically need to show at least 6 months reserves
  • Having strong compensating factors help your likelihood of approval
  • Available on home purchase and refinance
  • Cash out refinance also available on jumbo loans for bad credit

In Summary

Having bad credit does not mean that you have to rent a home while you wait on getting your credit up to normal lending standards. A portfolio loan may be your perfect solution when seeking  jumbo loans for bad credit.

I invite you to reach out.

Get your questions answered.

If I cannot help, I should be able to point you in the right direction at the very least.

 

 

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How to Qualify for a Portfolio Loan

Portfolio loans are mortgages engineered to bring common sense into the lending world.

Imagine you’re a foreign national who is relocating to the United States. You have a superb employment background. You have assets set aside that are more than adequate. You have a job lined up in the US. The problem is, you have a unique VISA that is unacceptable on a conventional, FHA, or even most Jumbo products.

In this case (and many others), a portfolio loan will most likely be the solution to your problem.

A lender who offers portfolio loans will look at your scenario for what it is. It’s not your typical “check in the box”, black and white type of process. But there certainly is a method to the madness.

The challenge with the traditional lending world is that it has become so highly regulated that even a borrower who how to qualify for a portfolio loanis truly back on their feet has to wait a certain number of years before being eligible to obtain financing on a home. This state of what some would call “over-regulation” is due to years of abuse in the system.

The fact of the matter is, in the mid 2000’s people were buying homes that they couldn’t afford. The result was catastrophic financial loss by nearly everyone. The collapse of the real estate market trickled down into almost every industry in all corners of the country. Now we live in this world where even A+ borrowers have a number of hoops to jump through in order to finance their home.

In a moment we’ll look at exactly how to set yourself up for success when applying for a portfolio loan. First, let’s take a quick look at the various instances where a portfolio loan may be called for:

People are blown away when they find out that portfolio loans exist. Relived to discover that they are treated like a human being. With dignity. Not treated like a number.

So here is how you can set yourself up for success, and strengthen your ability to get approved for a portfolio loan…

how to get pre approved portfolio loanBe ready to tell your story

There are so many moving parts. From income, to assets, to property, to credit. Each piece has to be evaluated in the most careful and thorough manner. Be prepared to document each piece of your financial fingerprint with exceptional detail.

michigan first mortgageBe honest

Don’t waste your time trying to create an illusion that your ducks are in a row if they’re really not. It will only cause unnecessary delay and extreme frustration for everyone involved. You have to put your cards on the table because trust me, eventually the skeletons in you closet will be revealed.

When you are completely transparent from the beginning, you allow your loan guy to wrap his head around your circumstances in full. By doing that, solutions can be reached more quickly.

adam lesner portfolio loanUse technology to your advantage

If you are planning on getting a loan it’s a good idea to use the tools that simplify the process. It’s amazing what happens when everyone is able to stay on the same page without having to wait for the mail man to deliver your documents.

  • Fax
  • Email
  • Text

Those are 3 extremely basic tools that save hours, days, even weeks in the process.

Be realistic

If you’re getting a portfolio loan, try to understand that your circumstances are probably more complex than someone who is getting a conventional loan. You’re most likely going to need to be willing to provide explanation(s), and documentation to back up your story.

Your interest rate may not be the same as what you see on traditional mortgage ads. Why? Well, remember, the lender is taking a risk that most lenders are not willing to take. There is a cost that has to be taken into consideration when taking on that level of risk.

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A portfolio loan is a vehicle to help you accomplish your home ownership goals. It’s a temporary solution for temporary circumstances. Once you’re eligible for a more traditional loan… refinance into a more traditional loan (if it makes financial sense).

Keep in mind:

  • Minimum 10% down
  • No PMI
  • No pre-payment penalty
  • Income and assets must be verifiable

If you have been told you cannot get a mortgage because of a seemingly simple technicality, a portfolio loan may be a life changer for you.

 

 

 

 


 

I Invite you to reach out.

 

Get your questions answered.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adam Lesner | NMLS 198818 | Troy, Michigan

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.

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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How to Build Credit to Buy a House

Prepping Your Credit for a Mortgage

When you’re finally ready to become a homeowner; it is certainly an exciting and anxious time! The last thing anyone wants to do is find out last minute that there is a blemish on their credit report that cannot be resolved quickly enough to close on your dream home in time. In Part 1 of the “keeping your home loan process simple” series we looked at all the basics of the puzzle on a mortgage approval. In this portion we’ll look at the credit piece in detail order to keep potential home buyers in the loop on what to be ready for.

Your credit report is your opportunity to show your credibility to your lender. It serves as a reference of the liabilities you have paid in the past and present.

Your credit report is heavily considered with your approval because it gives an indication as to how you treat the responsibility of paying items you’re liable for. If you have 0 previous derogatory marks, and you have 3-4 tradelines that you have been paying on time for 24 months; your credit should be in good shape. There is no question that everyone’s situation is unique in many ways.

 

Understanding how information on your credit is evaluated can “make you” or “break you”. If you can anticipate issues that you may encounter; you’re really putting yourself a step ahead of the game. Below are a few explanations of common terms to help decipher what a credit report shows. 

Score

There are loan programs available that allow you to buy a home with a credit score below 640. However, the objective is simplicity. So with that in mind; a good goal would be to make an effort to be at 680 or higher as a middle score (as reported by Experian, Equifax, and Transunion). Anything 740 and higher is considered excellent.

History

The history on your credit report is just as important of a factor as your credit score. Anything derogatory in the last 10 years is likely to be available to the eyes of the lender.

Tradeline

Any recurring debt that is reported by the credit bureaus on your credit report is a tradeline. Examples include but are not portfolio loan past credit issueslimited to car loan, student loan, personal loan (from bank), home loan, and recreational vehicle loan. Rent payments (although important to keep record of and pay on time) and utility bills are examples of liabilities that are typically not reported on credit reports.

Debt-to-income Ratio

Your lender will use your credit report as a starting point to help determine what your debt to income ratio is. Your lender will take into account the liabilities that show on your credit report, and compare that with how much your verifiable monthly income is. Of course your new mortgage, property taxes, property insurance, and mortgage insurance (if applicable) will be factored into the equation. You certainly can expect  any child support, alimony, and 401k loans to be factored into your debt as well. 

Example: Mr. Homebuyer has 3 credit cards that total 100/month, a mortgage of 900/month (including taxes and insurance), and makes 4,000/month. Mr. Homebuyer’s debt to income ratio is .25 (or 25%). Debt / Income = Debt to income ratio. To keep things simple you want to aim to be below 43% debt to income ratio.

Derogatory Items

Derogatory items that show on your credit report will hurt your scores, and create challenges when getting a mortgage. Late payments, collections, tax liens, bankruptcies, foreclosures, short-sales, and repossessions are some examples of derogatory items that can be found on your credit report. The more recent those items have been reported; the more negatively your scores will be affected. Here are some of the most common issues and tips on how to address them.
 
  • Late payments. Any liability that is reported on your credit report showing a late payment of 30 days or more will have a negative impact on your scores. Upholding your end of the bargain (paying on time) is a significant part of establishing good credit. 
  • Collections. These can be a result of an unpaid cell phone bill or even a medical bill you forgot to pay. Really, almost anything that you agreed to pay for in any fashion can be sent to a collection agency if it remains unpaid. It’s in your bestDoes a Portfolio Loan make sense for you- (1) interest to get collections resolved as quickly as possible once you’re aware of them. In some cases collection agencies will accept less than what is owed in order to resolve the debt. However, paying the collection won’t necessarily improve your credit. To improve your scores after paying the collection; request a “letter of deletion” from the collection agency. Basically it’s a letter confirming the collection shown on your credit report has been paid in full, and will be deleted from your credit report. If you can convince the collection agency to do that then make sure you ask for a copy as well. You’ll want to send a copy of that to all 3 credit bureaus. Some collection agencies will do this; others won’t. It’s definitely worth a try. You may need to talk to a manager and get it escalated. If you have 1 or 2 medical collections that are only a few hundred dollars you don’t need to lose sleep over that. Medical collections are not treated as severely as regular collection (depending on the size of the medical collection).
  • Tax liens. If you have taxes that you owe the IRS they will issue a lien, and report that to the credit bureaus if they are not paid by the due date. The best thing to do is pay your taxes on time because if there is a lien outstanding; the IRS may start tacking on interest to the balance that is owed. Any tax liens outstanding will hinder your ability to obtain home financing until that has been paid in full. You’ll need to provide your lender with proof from the IRS that it’s paid in full and clear.
  • Bankruptcy. There are two most commonly used bankruptcy types that consumers use; chapter 7 and chapter 13. You would need to consult with an attorney to decide which is more fitting for your situation. Guidelines related to mortgage approval after bankruptcy are constantly changing. As a rule of thumb you want to be at least 3 years out from when the bankruptcy was discharged before looking to obtain financing. Immediately after the bankruptcy is discharged it’s best to make every effort to “reestablish” your credit. That involves getting a couple new tradelines in your name (credit card, personal loan, student loan…). Once you have shown a 24 month history of reestablished credit; you’re setting yourself up for success. 
  • Foreclosure and short-sale. Similar to bankruptcies; you’ll want to be at minimum of 3 years out from when the foreclosure or short-sale was closed. Again, guidelines are constantly changing on these items. Working on getting your credit reestablished as explained in the above bankruptcy explanation should be a high priority. Check here for changes on this.
  • Repossession. If you decide to “give your car back to the bank,” you can expect repercussions. Make sure that once it’s repossessed that there are no lingering debts affiliated with that. It’s a good idea to make sure all of your other liabilities are on time, and in good standing for 24 months prior to seeking home financing.
Guidelines and regulations are constantly changing.
President Obama’s recent state of the union address briefly touched on how that needs to be a priority. The fact is owning a home is generally a significant component in realizing the American Dream. Hopefully guidelines will loosen up a bit from the extreme government regulations that are currently mandated. In the mean time; use this information as a tool to set yourself apart from the average home buyer. With some preparation, you can get a mortgage for bad credit. 

A couple closing tips… 

Don’t overextend your credit limits.
If your credit cards are pushing their limits, then this can be a red flag for lenders. Try to keep your credit card account balances below 35% of your available credit limit. This may keep you from looking overextended.

Credit glossary word of the week: CHARGE-OFF

A debt that is declared by the creditor as being noncollectable. This means the lender considers the money it loaned to the borrower is lost. Lenders use this as a last resort, once all collection efforts have failed. A bankruptcy filing often results in several accounts becoming charged-off. Charge-off s usually lower credit ratings. Also known as bad debt, charged-off account, charged-off balance, charged to loss, charged to profit and loss.

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