Refinancing as a self-employed person might seem out of reach. Without typical proof of income or tax returns to prove to your lender that you can afford your home, qualifying for a traditional mortgage refinance is tricky. But that doesn’t mean you can’t refinance as a self-employed person. We have some creative solutions for you to make your goals possible.

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Why You Might Want to Refinance

Even with higher rates than this time last year, refinancing can still be the right solution for many people. There are a few situations you may find yourself in that make you an ideal candidate for refinancing, including:

  • You didn’t refinance during the past couple of years when rates were at historic lows, so your current rate is above 7%. If this is the case, you can likely save money on your monthly payment, as well as pay less interest over the life of the loan.
  • You need to remove a spouse from the mortgage as a part of a divorce, putting the house solely under your name.
  • You have a significant amount of equity in your home that you’d like to access. By doing a cash-out refinance, you can often raise your monthly mortgage payment by far less than it would cost to borrow the same amount with a different form of debt.

What is a Bank Statement Loan?

One of the best options for self-employed people looking to refinance is a bank statement loan. In this type of mortgage, the borrower does not have to provide a W-2 or tax returns, and approval is instead determined based on their bank statements. If you can show a history of consistent cash flow and deposits that are equivalent to the income required on a traditional mortgage, chances are you can qualify for this solution. Qualification for bank statement loans can be based on as little as 12 months of statement history.

How Much Can I Cash Out with a Bank Statement Refinance?

Depending on your eligibility and cash reserves, you can borrow up to 80%-90% of the home’s value with a bank statement loan. If you are refinancing to pull cash out of your equity, it might look like this:

If you currently owe $600,000 on your home, but it is worth $800,000, you could refinance with a bank statement loan for 80% of the home’s value, or $720,000. This means there is $120,000 of equity available to you in a cash-out refinance situation.

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How Long Does it Take to Close on a Bank Statement Loan?

Bank statement loans are often a more time-efficient solution when compared to traditional mortgages. It is typical for close on a bank statement loan is as little as 3 weeks, with no need to check in with employers and a no-nonsense approach that allows our underwriters to work efficiently.

If you want to learn more about whether a bank statement loan may be the perfect solution for you in your refinancing plans, we can help. We would love to answer your questions, so contact us any time.

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