When the housing meltdown hit everyone back in 2008, the majority of lenders basically ceased originating jumbo loans for high-cost areas.
In 2013, with rates at decade lows, an increasing number of banks and lenders are returning to the jumbo loan market since demand for housing has jumped in the past 9-to-12 months.
Most lenders look back one year ago and see a huge difference in availability of programs. The market just continues to improve and it is warm welcome to all in the real estate industry. In many neighborhoods, those vacant lots within developed communities now have construction in the works.
While the products have increased for consumers, there are still real obstacles that must be overcome prior to being able to qualify for these loans.
If you are doing a refinance, expect to have at least 20% in equity and you’ll need 20% for a down payment as well. There is not much flexibility in this qualification unless you find something from a niche portfolio lender.
Borrowers will also need to show prove they are able to make the monthly payments of that these loans require. So, you should expect to:
- Have official records of your income and assets dating back several years.
- Have a credit score with a minimum of 720 (some lenders will require 740)
- Demonstrate that their monthly mortgage payments will be less than 36% to 38% of their gross income.
- Show that all your monthly payments, which encompasses credit cards, car loans, will not be more than 41% of your gross monthly income.
- Show you have 10% of the amount you are borrowing in savings or brokerage accounts that can be used to make your mortgage payments in case you become unemployed.
If borrowers are able to demonstrate that there is an opportunity to secure some of the best jumbo loan rates we’ve witnessed in in the past few years.