What is a bank statement mortgage? 

A bank statement mortgage is a non-QM loan program that utilizes bank statements for calculating a borrower’s income. Unlike traditional mortgages that rely on tax returns and W-2 forms, this type of loan offers alternative documentation options. Primarily designed for self-employed individuals who often face challenges in proving their ability to repay due to significant tax write-offs, bank statement mortgage programs evaluate applicants using personal or business bank statements. 

How does a bank statement mortgages work? 

In a bank statement mortgage, the borrower’s income verification does not rely on employment verification forms. Instead, the lender assesses personal, or business bank statements provided by the borrower. 

Who can benefit from a bank statement mortgage? 

Bank statement mortgages benefit self-employed individuals, those with non-traditional income, seasonal workers, individuals with inconsistent cash flow, and borrowers with lower credit scores. These mortgages allow them to qualify based on their bank statements, providing a flexible alternative to traditional mortgages.  

Pros and Cons of Bank Statement Mortgages 

Before deciding if this option is right for you, thoroughly assess the benefits and drawbacks of a bank statement mortgage. By carefully considering these factors, you can determine if this loan option aligns with your specific needs and circumstances. 

Pros of Bank Statement Mortgages 

  • Flexibility in Income Verification: Bank statement mortgages allow borrowers to qualify without relying on W-2s, pay stubs, or tax returns. This is particularly beneficial for self-employed individuals and those with non-traditional income sources. 
  • Eligibility for Second Homes and Investment Properties: Bank statement mortgages often extend financing options to borrowers looking to purchase second homes or investment properties. 
  • No Requirement for Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI): With a 20% down payment, bank statement mortgage borrowers can avoid the additional cost of private mortgage insurance.
  • Potential for Higher Loan Limits: Bank statement mortgages may offer higher loan limits compared to traditional mortgages, allowing borrowers to access larger amounts of funding. 

Cons of Bank Statement Mortgages 

  • Higher Down Payment Requirement: May require a higher down payment compared to other types of home loans, making it necessary for borrowers to have more funds available upfront. 
  • Potentially Higher Interest Rates: In some cases, bank statement mortgages may come with higher interest rates than traditional mortgages.  
  • Limited Availability: Not all lenders offer bank statement mortgages, limiting the options available to borrowers. It is important to research and find lenders who specialize in this type of loan product.
  • Business History Requirement: To qualify for a bank statement mortgage, some lenders may require borrowers to have an established business history, which could pose challenges for individuals with newer businesses or self-employment ventures. 

How do I qualify for a bank statement loan? 

When applying for a bank statement mortgage, it is typically necessary to provide specific documentation to support your application. Although the exact requirements can vary among lenders, here are the general steps for qualification:  

  1. Meet with a Loan Officer: Schedule a meeting with a Loan Officer from Direct Mortgage Loans to explore your mortgage options and receive personalized guidance. 
  2. Gather Supporting Documentation: Collect the necessary supporting documentation for your mortgage pre-approval. This may include bank statements, tax returns, pay stubs, identification documents, proof of address, and any other documents requested by the lender. 
  3. Complete and Submit the Pre-Approval Application: Fill out and submit the pre-approval application. Utilize the secure DML app to conveniently upload your documents from your mobile device or desktop. 
  4. Review and Determine Loan Amount: Once you have completed the pre-approval application and provided the required documentation, your loan officer will review your application, assess your financial situation, and determine your loan amount. 
  5. Pre-Approval Letter: If you meet the necessary requirements and qualify for the bank statement mortgage, your loan officer will issue a pre-approval letter, which outlines the approved loan amount and serves as confirmation of your eligibility. 

How Does the Bank Statement Mortgage Program Compare to Traditional Mortgages? 

Bank statement mortgages differ from traditional mortgages in terms of their requirements for documentation, credit score, and debt-to-income ratio. While traditional mortgages typically require extensive documentation and a high credit score, bank statement mortgages offer greater flexibility in these areas. Nonetheless, they may come with higher interest rates and fees and may require a larger down payment. 

How do I find a lender that offers bank statement mortgages? 

Bank statement mortgages are just one of the loan options Direct Mortgage Loans has to offer. Specifically, here are some other common non-QM mortgage loan programs we have to offer.  

  • Stated Income Loans: These loans allow borrowers to qualify based on their stated income, rather than their verifiable income. 
  • Alternative Documentation Loans: These loans allow borrowers to provide alternative forms of documentation, such as bank statements or tax returns, in order to qualify for a loan.
  • Investor Cash Flow: These loans allow borrowers to use the cash flow on a home to qualify for an investment property. 


What credit score is needed for a bank statement mortgage? 

The required credit score for a bank statement mortgage can vary depending on the lender and loan program you select. However, in general, borrowers usually need a minimum credit score of 640 to qualify for this type of mortgage. 

How much can I borrow with a bank statement mortgage?

With a bank statement mortgage, you have the potential to borrow between $150,000 and $3 million, depending on your eligibility. Meeting the minimum requirement of $150,000 is essential, and the specific loan amount within this range will be determined by factors such as your creditworthiness, income stability, debt-to-income ratio, and other relevant considerations assessed by the bank. Your income and financial profile will play a significant role in determining the loan amount you qualify for. 

What kind of documentation do I need to provide for a bank statement mortgage? 

  • Bank statements: You will generally need to provide personal and/or business bank statements for the past 12 to 24 months, depending on the lender’s specifications. These statements should show your regular income deposits and account activity. 
  • Proof of identity: You will need to provide a valid form of identification, such as a driver’s license, passport, or government-issued ID, to verify your identity. 
  • Proof of address: Lenders typically require proof of your current address, which can be demonstrated through documents like utility bills, lease agreements, or bank statements that show your name and address. 
  • Income documentation: While a bank statement mortgage is designed for individuals with non-traditional income, you may still be required to provide some income-related documents. This can include tax returns, profit and loss statements, 1099 forms, or other relevant documents that support your income claims. 
  • Business documentation (if applicable): If you are self-employed or own a business, you may need to provide additional documentation such as business licenses, articles of incorporation, or partnership agreements to verify your business existence and ownership. 
  • Asset documentation: Lenders may require documentation related to your assets, including bank account statements, investment account statements, or property ownership documents. This helps demonstrate your financial stability and ability to handle mortgage payments. 
  • Credit information: While a bank statement mortgage may be more flexible regarding credit requirements, you may still be asked to provide your credit report or authorize the lender to obtain it to assess your creditworthiness. 

Can I use bank statement mortgages for a home purchase or a refinance? 

Bank statement home loans can be used to purchase your next home or refinance your current mortgage. There are two types of refinancing options to be aware of. A refinance-rate is often used by homeowners to get a lower interest rate and more affordable monthly mortgage payments, or you can get a cash-out to refinance, which allows you to pull equity out of your home and convert it into cash. In the latter case, the lender will pay off your existing mortgage, disperse cash to you and grant you a new loan that includes the amount you pull out. 

Can I get a bank statement loan if I am not self-employed? 

While bank statement loans are often associated with self-employed individuals, it is possible for borrowers with traditional employment to obtain this type of loan as well. However, it’s important to note that eligibility criteria and requirements can vary among lenders. 

Bank statement loans for non-self-employed borrowers are specifically designed to cater to individuals with income sources that are challenging to document using conventional methods. For instance, if you receive income from rental properties, investments, or freelance work, and can demonstrate a consistent and stable income through your bank statements, you may be eligible for a bank statement loan. 

Eligibility and approval is subject to completion of an application and verification of home ownership, occupancy, title, income, employment, credit, home value, collateral and underwriting requirements. Direct Mortgage Loans, LLC is licensed in Maryland. Direct Mortgage Loans, LLC NMLS ID# is 832799 (www.nmlsconsumeraccess.org). Direct Mortgage Loans, LLC office is located at 11011 McCormick Rd Suite 400 Hunt Valley, MD 21031. This is a paid endorsement. Equal housing lender.