One of the biggest factors many Loan Originators encounter when trying to get a borrower approved for a mortgage is their debt to income ratios. Especially when those borrowers have student debt.

That’s because often times when calculating the student loan payment for debt ratio purposes; your underwriter may request that the loan be fully amortized or use 1% of the balance for the calculation.

This frequently brings the DTI to high for borrowers.

However, when student loans are consolidated, we can structure the loan as a 360 month to improve the debt ratio. Then, later on, request the loan be placed into an income-based repayment post closing.

We do this so the borrower still keeps an affordable payment while satisfying the underwriter’s requirement.

Let’s take a quick example:

The borrower has $80k in student loans. Here is what qualifying payments would be under three different scenarios.

Scenario 1
1% of the balance = $800/month *

Scenario 2
Loan is consolidated into 360 months fully amortized = $400/month

Scenario 3 (Recommended)
Income-based at 50k a year = $0 – $211/month

Scenario 1 is based on a 10 year payment and is the underwriter’s requirement when loans are deferred, or if they are not fully amortized.

***Loan forgiveness programs available for borrowers in public service. (i.e. Teachers, Police Officers, Postal Service, Military etc.)

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