Asset Depletion Loans a Boost for Self Employed California Home Buyers

Asset Depletion Mortgage Loans are a relatively new loan product, but are proving to be a huge benefit for self employed California home buyers.  In 2007 the “Stated Income” loan program, which had become prevalent, all but disappeared.  “Full Income” documentation underwriting became the norm, and for good reason. But this left many self employed home buyers out in the cold. Now, using Asset Depletion, these self employed borrowers have a solution that will help them qualify for a home.

What is a Depletion of Assets Mortgage?

An Asset Depletion Mortgage allows the borrower to qualify by deriving an income from assets they currently hold. This program is not meant for a struggling self employed home buyer with no assets and no income on their tax returns. Two years tax returns are still required, and most likely significant assets will be required. But for a solid borrower with $1,000,000 in the bank, this will be a big boost.

Eligible Assets for Asset Depletion Qualifying

Assets that can be used for qualifying include cash equivalents, such as CD’s, and funds in checking and savings accounts.  Also, trust accounts and investment portfolio’s. Retirement accounts like IRA’s and 401k’s can be used, but only if the borrower is 62 years of age or older.

Example of Asset Depletion Mortgage for 43 year old

Let’s say a 43 year old potential California home buyer only shows $5,000 a month income on their tax returns. This results in a debt to income ratio that is too high. But the borrower has $1,000,000 in “liquidable” assets. (new word) The niche portfolio lender will amortize the $1,000,000 using a 5% return over 30 years. This results in an additional $5,365 in monthly income that is added to the borrowers verified income. Using $10,365 a month, the borrower suddenly has the debt to income ratio he needs to purchase his home.

Example of Asset Depletion Mortgage for 73 year old

Lets say a 75 year old is looking at purchasing a home in the Orange County coastal city of Newport Beach, CA.  His tax returns reflect income of $5,000 per month, including Social Security income. But he has $1,000,000 in “liquidable” assets.  The lender in this case will still use a 5% return, but shortens the amortization to only 10 years. This gives the California home buyer an additional $10,606, for a total qualifying income of $15,606.

Huge for Retired California Borrowers

The lender determines the amortization of the income used to qualify based on the age of the borrower. The amortization can’t be more that 30 years, but can’t be less than 10 years. The base age is 85. So any borrower 55 years or younger will have their assets amortized over 30 years. Between the ages of 55 and 75, their age is subtracted from 85. So a 62 year old’s assets would be amortized over 23 years. (85-62 = 23).

Advantages and Information about the Asset Depletion Mortgage

Asset Depletion qualifying can be used on many different types of loan programs (with this specific niche Portfolio lender), including loans for Foreign Nationals, Pledged Asset loans, and home loans on investment properties. Asset Depletion does not effect the assets themselves. It is only used for qualifying purposes. It is important to remember to subtract the required reserves and down payment from the total assets before calculating income.

The first step in figuring out if this is a program for you is to contact a California Jumbo loan specialist.  As more niche loan programs are available for wealthy California home buyers, the upper end of the real estate market should begin to see more activity and appreciation.

Authored by Tim Storm, an Orange County, CA Jumbo Mortgage Loan Officer – Please contact my office at Alpine Mortgage Planning for more information about an Orange County, CA Jumbo Mortgage.  877-786-4243 x 7.

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