Freddie Mac Asset Depletion

Freddie Mac Asset Depletion Mortgage Lending Guidelines

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This blog will cover and discuss Freddie Mac Asset Depletion mortgage lending guidelines. Freddie Mac Asset Depletion loan program is a great mortgage loan program for wealthy borrowers who can use their assets instead of providing income documents. Can you get a mortgage if you have many investments or savings but little or no income? Using asset depletion, you can often convert assets into income (for mortgage qualifying purposes).

See if you qualify for an asset depletion mortgage.

What Are Asset Depletion Mortgages?

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Asset depletion means using or depleting your savings over time to pay living expenses. For instance, when you retire, you might not be earning income, but you can continue to live normally because you use your savings to pay your mortgage and other costs. The typical way for mortgage lenders to calculate asset depletion income is to take some percentage of your savings, investment, or retirement account, divide it by the number of months in your loan term (360 months for a 30-year mortgage), and add that amount to your qualifying income.

How Are Assets Used For Determining Ability To Repay on Asset-Depletion Mortgages?

The exact percentage depends on the type of account — typically, you can use 70% of stocks and bonds, 60% of retirement funds, and 100% of cash in a savings account.  Suppose that you have $300,000 in stocks and bonds.

A lender might multiply that by .7 to get 70%, which is $210,000. Divide that amount by 360 months for a 30-year loan, and you get to add $583 per month to your qualifying income. 

Last year, however, Freddie Mac revised its guidelines, and they are a lot more generous.  In this article, we will discuss Freddie Mac Asset Depletion Guidelines. We will detail how to use your assets as qualifying income and review the changes Freddie Mac implemented.

How Does Freddie Mac Asset Depletion Work?

The new rule per Freddie Mac Asset Depletion: A borrower may use 70% of the balance of an investment account and divide that number by 240 months. The result may be used as a qualifying monthly income. Under the new guidelines, you’d still be able to deplete $210,000 of $300,000 in savings. But now you get to add $875 per month to your qualifying income because you’re dividing by 240 instead of 360.  

Am I Eligible for Freddie Mac Asset Depletion?

Not everyone is eligible for an asset depletion loan under Freddie Mac. You have to meet these requirements. Your maximum loan is 80% of the property value. You cannot use asset depletion for cash-out refinancing. The property must be a 1- to 2-unit primary or second home with no rentals. In addition, you must meet all other Freddie Mac underwriting guidelines— for example, credit score minimums and maximum debt-to-income ratios. 

Types of Borrowers Who Benefit From Asset Depletion Mortgages?

Asset depletion mortgages can help anyone with income challenges qualify for a mortgage. This includes the following:

  • Applicants who are retired and living off of their savings (perhaps in addition to social security or pension income)
  • Self-employed borrowers whose taxes show less income than what’s available to pay their mortgage
  • Other borrowers who need to show more income or who have difficulty proving their income

Asset depletion is an additional tool to help you qualify more easily for a mortgage. Even boosting your qualifying income by $200 a month can make the difference between being approved or declined for a home loan.

Related: Non-QM Asset Depletion Mortgages (Tax Returns Not Required)

Traditional Versus Freddie Mac Asset Depletion Mortgages

We have offered asset depletion loans for non-QM mortgages for a long time. Non-QM loans often offer more flexible guidelines — some allow you to deplete higher percentages of assets (90% instead of 70%, for example) or divide assets by lower numbers (for example, 60 months instead of 240 months) to come up with qualifying income. You may not need tax returns to qualify using asset depletion with a non-QM loan. Many Americans do not know that you can obtain a conventional mortgage without the standard forms of income. Non-QM asset depletion loan interest rates are usually slightly higher than Freddie Mac loans.

Mortgage Lenders Experts on Asset-Depletion Loans

While we are not sure what sparked the change in the guideline, we believe it has to do with the length of the average American is in their mortgage loan. Most Americans sell or refinance their home within 5 and 1/2 years. 

Apply now for an asset depletion mortgage

Asset depletion mortgages can help thousands of Americans qualify for home loans. If you have income challenges but are sitting on a nice nest egg, please get in touch with Gustan Cho Associates for more information. For questions about asset depletion or mortgage, contact Gustan Cho Associates at 262-716-8151. Text us for a faster response. You can also email us at gcho@gustancho.com.

Asset Depletion Mortgage Guidelines For Borrowers Without Income 

Non-traditional mortgages came to an abrupt halt after the 2008 mortgage meltdown. Popular loan programs such as stated income, no doc, bank statement loans, and asset depletion loans abruptly stopped. The good news is that alternative financing is coming back. Gustan Cho Associates now offers the following:

Asset Depletion Eligibility Requirements

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Every lender has different Asset Depletion Guidelines. Gustan Cho Associates has multiple asset depletion investors. We have lenient Asset Depletion Guidelines. Our Asset Depletion Guidelines are not set in stone. We can make exceptions if borrowers may not meet one or two Asset Depletion Guidelines. Many of these alternative loan programs that were discontinued after the 2008 mortgage and credit collapse are now returning.

Benefits of Asset Depletion Mortgages

Many home buyers, especially retirees, have limited or no traditional income. However, they have assets. Some people have well over in the high six figures in assets. With our Asset Depletion mortgage program, borrowers with a lot of assets but little to no traditional income can now qualify for home mortgages. This unique home loan program allows borrowers with substantial assets and low to no income to qualify for home loans.

Freddie Mac Asset Depletion Mortgages for Self-Employed Borrowers

Borrowers benefit from Freddie Mac asset depletion loans as business owners who declare low income or losses on their income tax returns but have substantial assets. Also, retired borrowers have substantial assets in their retirement or stock/securities investment accounts. Until now, only borrowers with qualified income and employment history were the ones that could only qualify for home mortgages. Now, borrowers with substantial assets with no income can qualify for mortgages with Freddie Mac asset depletion loans.

How Do Lenders Calculate Income On Freddie Mac Asset Depletion Mortgages

Dale Elenteny is our Freddie Mac Asset Depletion Mortgage Expert and a senior loan officer at Gustan Cho Associates. Here is how Dale Elenteny summarizes Freddie Mac Asset Depletion Income Calculation:

Freddie Mac Asset depletion is a calculation where a borrower’s liquid assets are entered into a calculation to bring up the monthly income they have to make mortgage payments. Generally, the calculation is a borrower’s total assets divided by a set number of months, such as 360 for the standard 30-year loan.

Qualifying assets tend to be only liquid assets such as cash, investment accounts, and retirement accounts. 100% of the assets in cash and non-retirement liquid investment accounts typically qualify. For retirement accounts, the amount that qualifies is generally about 70% of the asset base and could potentially be close to 100% if the borrower is over 591/2 years old. Each lender has different asset depletion guidelines, but the concept is different. Check with your lender to see what they will use in their calculation. 

How Underwriters Calculate Income on Freddie Mac Asset Depletion Mortgages

We have a program that will take the sum of all liquid assets and divide the sum by 60 months. The yielding figure is the qualified monthly income. In this case, add the $200,000 and $700,000 together. The sum is $900,000. Then divide the $900,000 by 60 months. This figure yields $15,000. The borrower’s qualifying income is $15,000 per month. Now the down payment required on this particular asset depletion program is a 15% down payment on a home purchase. So the loan amount is $212,500. Our investor requires the borrower to have at least 110% of the loan amount or $233,750 in assets. This borrower has $900,000, more assets than the minimum required. This borrower has a loan approval and is scheduled to close soon.

Qualifying For Freddie Mac Asset-Depletion Loan Program

Borrowers who do not have a regular source of income but have assets can now qualify for the Freddie Mac asset depletion mortgage. The asset depletion loan program is ideal for wealthy borrowers with substantial assets but no regular traditional income source.

Many wealthy individuals may have assets but not traditional income. Many retirees and business owners are ideal borrowers who can benefit from the asset depletion loan program.

Please get in touch with Gustan Cho Associates Mortgage at 800-900-8569. Text us at the toll-free number for a faster response. You can also email us at gcho@gustancho.com. Gustan Cho Associates has multiple asset depletion loan programs. We will match you with a perfect asset depletion loan program if you have assets. Our asset depletion mortgage loan programs are for primary owner-occupant homes, second homes, and investment properties.


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