Life isn’t one size fits all, and mortgages shouldn’t be either. No-Doc mortgage loans were created for borrowers with nontraditional income sources and have been denied by other lenders, simply because of the lack of paperwork. Learn more about the history of no-doc mortgages, their evolution, and how Quontic is working hard to help the historically excluded make homeownership happen. Our unique Community Development loan programs level the lending playing field for those who previously were not able to receive a home loan approval.
What are No Doc Mortgages?
No doc loans, short for no documentation loans, are mortgages that require little to no paperwork to qualify. Lenders don’t have to consider tax documents like W2s or tax returns but can accept bank statements as a sufficient form of proof of income. These mortgages are a great resource for self-employed borrowers and can be used for a home refinance, to buy investment properties, or serve as a mortgage for an owner-occupied home as well.
How is a No Doc Mortgage different from a traditional mortgage?
Outside of both having the same advantage of securing a home loan, No Doc mortgages have a few key differences from a typical conventional loan. While the loan process doesn’t require stacks of paperwork, the borrowers’ credit score and down payment requirements are typically higher than a conventional mortgage.
Why aren’t No Doc mortgages still popular?
Previously, lenders would extend mortgages to borrowers who didn’t prove they were financially fit to repay the loan, which eventually led to the financial crisis of 2008. During this dark time, subprime homeowners weren’t about to make their mortgage payments because of the lack of employment. Due to this, federal regulations like the Dodd-Frank Act were put in place to make sure a similar crisis never happens again, thus ending the long period of No Doc mortgages. Fortunately, only 3% of lenders are still allowed to provide low-doc or no-doc mortgages in efforts to serve those who have been economically excluded from homeownership. As a CDFI, our mission is to offer home loans to diverse, underbanked individuals and families. We look beyond standard loan qualification metrics associated with traditional income and employment verification like paystubs and tax returns. Instead, we consider the borrower’s overall financial and credit profile. We provide different types of loans like Lite Doc and Asset Utilization loans for borrowers with good credit history.
Are there disadvantages to a No Doc Mortgage?
When it comes to No Doc mortgages, there can be a few drawbacks for some customers. For instance, these types of loans aren’t offered by all lenders. It might be hard finding a lender that offers no-doc or low-doc mortgages because of the financial undertaking and risks associated. Additionally, lenders might call one of their products a “no-doc” loan if it has less strict requirements, but doesn’t quite fit the bill to be an official “No Documentation” mortgage by still requiring stated income. Lastly, No Doc Mortgages require the borrower to be upstanding in other areas of qualification, such as credit history and having the cash flow for down payments, closing costs, and reserves.
What type of home buyers could No Doc Mortgages be good for?
Fortunately, there are a lot of potential homeowners that No Doc or Low Doc mortgages may be the right solution for. As a lender that’s registered in all 50 states, our Community Development loans are a great solution for those who have been turned away by other lenders. These mortgage programs are perfect for borrowers who are:
- Real estate investors with complex income who deserve a simplified underwriting process.
- Immigrants, minorities, and foreign nationals sharing or pooling extended family resources.
- Borrowers who are self-employed, work off commission or tips
- Independent contractors with difficult-to-document income sources.
- Recently self-employed business owners without a full year of income statements
- 1099 workers
How can I apply for a no income verification mortgage?
If one of these potential homeowner situations sounds like you and you want to learn more, Quontic could hold the key to your homeownership dreams. We’re the mortgage lender for those who have been denied a mortgage, turned away because of documentation, or need help qualifying based on their financial background. To get started on your home buying journey, learn about our mortgage rates, begin your loan application, or determine if one of our unique loan programs would work for you and your family, speak to a mortgage specialist today.
Does Quontic offer No Documentation loan programs?
While Quontic doesn’t offer the typical “no-doc mortgage”, we have loan programs that consider alternative income documentation. We’re a designated Community Development Financial Institution, which means we can provide access to home financing for untraditional borrowers, what we call Community Development loans. Quontic’s Community Development mortgage loans provide non-traditional access to homeownership. Borrowers can qualify with excellent credit history, a willingness to repay debts on time, a good FICO credit score, and are able to put down as little as 25% for their down payment (p.s., the entire down payment, closing costs, and reserves can be gifted). All in all, these loans have fewer requirements which provides our customers with a faster and smoother loan process.
I’m ready to start the application process. Now what?
That’s great! Don’t let the fear of tax documentation, income verification or any other mortgage myth hold you back. Take the first step in the application process and see if you can pre-qualify for a home loan by visiting the Quontic website today.