Use ourMORTGAGE QUALIFICATION CALCULATORto determine the loan you can afford including boarder incomeYou are also required to document the income and confirm that the person making the payments lives in your home. You can provide bank statements, cancelled checks or similar documents that show the receipt of the rent payments for the past twelve months. Additionally, you can use tax documents, a government-issued ID, financial statements or even bills to verify that the boarder lives with you.If you do not fall into the category outlined above -- being disabled with a personal care professional who lives with you -- there are two specific mortgage programs that permit the use of boarder income to qualify for the loan.HomeReady and Home Possible programs are similar low down payment mortgage options that enable you to buy a home with only 3% down. These programs also allow you to include boarder payments in your application, which may enable you to afford a higher loan amount.
Review our HomeReady Mortgage GuideTo use the boarder income for either of these programs you are required to document -- using the methods outlined above -- that you have lived with the person making the payments for at least the past twelve months and that you have received at least nine monthly rent payments over the past year. This means if you want to buy a home and rent out one of the rooms, you cannot use that future income to qualify for the mortgage unless you have received payments from the boarder in the past.Additionally, you must show that you have personally received the payments from the boarder. If they previously paid rent directly to a landlord then those payments cannot be included in your application. Finally, the person paying rent cannot be a borrower on the mortgage or own the property being financed.
Review our Home Possible Mortgage GuideWe should highlight that both the HomeReady and Home Possible programs apply borrower income and loan limits which means not all applicants are eligible. You also need to qualify based on your credit score, debt-to-income ratio and employment history. Both of these programs, however, offer a significant advantage for borrowers that meet these requirements and receive boarder income.The HomeReady and Home Possible programs are offered by traditional lenders. We recommend that you contact multiple lenders in the table below to learn more about their qualification guidelines and to compare loan terms. It is important to understand if you can use boarder income before you apply so you know the loan amount you are eligible for. Plus, shopping lenders is the best way to save money on your mortgage. View All Lenders
"B3-3.1-09, Other Sources of Income, Boarder Income." Selling Guide: Fannie Mae Single Family. Fannie Mae, October 2 2019. Web.
"B5-6-03, HomeReady Mortgage Underwriting Methods and Requirements." Selling Guide: Fannie Mae Single Family. Fannie Mae, July 3 2019. Web.
"Home Possible Product Requirements." Origination & Underwriting. Freddie Mac, 2019. Web.« Return to Q&A Home About the author