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  • No Doc Loans

    Can you get a true NO Documentation Mortgage Loan? (NINA, SISA, No Doc)?
    Can you get a bank statements only for income proof loan?
    Can you get a stated income loan?


    Current traditional loan lending rules REQUIRE ALL LENDERS to document sufficient monthly income to safely afford the house payments. Traditional loans like Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, FHA loans, and VA loans, all deem this proof as regular documented income, like pay stubs, tax returns, social security, child support, etc.

    For self employed borrowers, lenders will look at your last two-years Federal Tax Returns, both business and personal. If you get 1099's, you are considered self-employed. We look at your return, and essentially, whatever you report to the IRS as taxable income is what we use for mortgage qualifying. If you write your income down, that is great for not paying taxes, but a gigantic problem for home loan qualifying. Learn more about self-employed mortgage loans.

    For those who received tipped income, commission, or others who income varies, your income will be averaged over two-years based on W2's and tax returns.


    Non-Traditional mortgage loans have made a comeback, but they are very limited compared to the early 2000's, but at least they are available again to some people in need of this type of mortgage loan option.


    1. Bigger down payment requirements (no less than 10%)
    2. Higher interest rates (starting about 1% higher than regular loans, and go up from there)
    3. Higher Closing Costs

    Basically you have three options:

  • BANK STATEMENT Loan Programs

    With bank statement programs, generally lenders will use either 100% of personal bank statement deposits, or 50% of business bank statements as your qualifying income. If you are a joint owner, business accounts are 50% of deposits, then divide by the number of owners.

    The terms are generally available as both fixed and adjustable rate mortgages, with significantly higher interest rates than traditional loans. Down payment requirements typically tend to be at least 20% down or more, but as little as 10% is possible with good credit.

    • 1 month, 12 Months, or 24 month Bank Statements used for Income
    • Must be self employed at least two-years (and be able to prove it)
    • Rates Starting about 1% higher than standard loans
    • 90% LTV with Only 24 months seasoning from:
      • Foreclosure
      • Short Sale
      • Bankruptcy
      • No 4506-T’s
    • Interest Only for Self Employed Borrowers
  • STATED INCOME Loan Programs

    Old fashioned stated income loans are also becoming available again. These loans are known as "Outside of Dodd Frank" loans that don't meet the strict "Qualified Mortgage" rules that dictate traditional mortgage loans.

    • No proof of income needed (stated income)
    • W2 job OK. (don't need to be self employed)
    • Must prove down payment and closing costs money
    • No Reserves required
    • Up To 75% LTV (25% down)
    • Interest Only payment available
    • No Pre Payment Penalties
    • Rates start about 2% higher than standard loans
    • 1 – 4 unit properties:
    • Investment
    • Business purpose O/O
    • Foreign Nationals OK
    • Fix and Flip


    Loan income qualifications are based on verified assets. These programs vary, but a common version is where they simply divide your verified liquid assets by 5-years (60 months). For example: If you have $200,000 in liquid assets, divide that by 60 months, equals $3,333 a month income.

    • Assets can be in the bank, 401k, stocks, bonds, etc. (must prove liquid)
    • Minimum 25% down
    • Owner occupied or Investement
    • Purchase or Refinance
    • 600 credit score or higher
    • Maximum debt ratio of 50%
    • Must show last two months asset statements
    • Letter of explanation documenting source of income and contemplated depletion


    This program is pretty straight forward. You simply prove you have enough liquid assets to cover the loan balance.

    • No monthly income require
    • Do not have to currently be employed
    • Minimum 25% down payment
    • Purchase or Refinance
    • Owner occupied or Investment property
    • Scores as low as 600 allowed
    • Show only two months asset statements

    YES, but due to the nature of these loans, we will make all efforts to qualify you for a traditional loan, and discuss putting yourself into position to refinance into a traditional loan as soon possible.

    If one of these alternative mortgage loan programs fits your situation, and you meet the basic criteria above, by all means, you should apply online or call our office at (651) 552-3681 to discuss your situation.

  • History of NO DOC / Stated Income Mortgage Loans

    "NO DOC" loans had been around for years, and served a niche market for the self-employed, commission, and tipped income home owners. Because of their additional risk, they came with higher interest rates, bigger down payments, and generally were only available to self-employed people with a minimum of 2-years provable self-employment history and trouble documenting their true income.

    As the home loan markets changed through the early 2000's, these loans grew in popularity, especially once Wall Street introduced new no doc, stated income stated assets (SISA), stated income verified assets (SIVA), no income no asset, job (NINA), and other ridiculous variations with underwriting guidelines so silly almost anyone could qualify for a home loan. Interest rates on these loans became only slightly higher than regular loans, and down payment requirements dropped to sometimes even zero down!

    These new variations turned a great niche mortgage program into what became commonly known as liar loans. This was because because home buyers were easily allowed to misrepresent their true circumstances, and Loan officers were more than happy to look the other way to close a loan. Theses loans were highly abused by consumers, and bad loan officers everywhere, as people realized they could easily get a loan they either should not be getting at all, or more commonly, to get a bigger loan than they normally would have received.

    These straight up liar loans were some of the first casualties of the mortgage market meltdown that started in 2007, as many of these customers were some of the very first people to end up in foreclosure. Gee, go figure... Lenders everywhere quickly pulled them from their product lines, and Washington politicians went crazy right after that throwing up numerous rules and regulations that essentially makes these loans now impossible, or banned them completely.

    Of course the idea was to eliminate the fraudulent loans, but unfortunately, this left many manyy very legitimate self-employed, commissions, and tipped income people who truly need and benefited from these types of loans without any home financing options, especially once the Dodd / Frank Financial Reform Laws went into effect in 2010.

    As we get further away from the financial crisis of 2008, these unique portfolio loans have slowly crept back into the market.