What is a Non-Qualified Mortgage?
A Non-Qualified Mortgage (Non-QM) is a loan that doesn’t meet the standards of a qualified mortgage and uses non-traditional methods of income verification to help a borrower get approved for a home loan. These types of loans are for borrowers with unique income qualifying circumstances.
Are Non-QM Loans a Safe Option?
A common misconception is that non-QM loans are “bad loans” in disguise. Similar to QM loans, these types of loans have their own set of guidelines to ensure that the borrower and lender are protected from a high-risk loan. The lending process is quite similar, just with a different set of documents during the application process.
Who Can Benefit from a Non-QM Loan?
Non-QM loans fill the gap for borrowers who may be self-employed, have non-traditional income, or have had difficulty qualifying for a QM loan due to credit issues in the past. Non-QM loans have underwriting guidelines that allow the lender to view the “bigger picture” of your financial history thus determining a borrower’s ability to repay in a slightly different lens than usual.
You may find a Non-QM loan beneficial if you are any of the below:
Real estate investor
Prime or non-prime borrower
Borrowers with significant assets
A non-QM loan may be used for new home purchases, refinances, investment homes, or second homes.
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