Bank of America
Bank of America is one of the original lenders (if not THE original lender) in the physician mortgage space. With over $3 trillion in assets, it’s one of the largest banks in the United States and chances are good that you are familiar with the company. Not surprisingly, they still offer a doctor mortgage product.
We reached out to a Bank of America mortgage officer to get more details about their program and this is what we learned:
- 5% down up to $1,000,000
- 10% down up to $1,500,000
- Medical residents and fellows with a job lined up can close on a home 90 days before they start.
- You can often exclude your student debt from your total debt when you apply for a mortgage.
- Eligible medical professionals include salaried medical students and medical doctors who are about to begin their new employment/ residency for fellowship within 90 days of closing. Those employed in research or as professor are not eligible.
While they may not have the most competitive program, they are a solid choice for a physician looking for a doctor mortgage, particularly if you’re already banking with Bank of America.
Of course, if you aren’t already a current Bank of America customer, they will require you to have, or open prior to closing, a checking or savings account. Applicants with an existing account with Merrill or Bank of America Private Bank prior to application also satisfy this requirement.
When it comes to reserves, Bank of America requires PITIA (Principal, Interest, Taxes, Insurance, Assessments) reserves of 4 – 6 months, depending on loan amount.
If applicant’s employment does not commence until after closing, in addition to the minimum cash reserves required, sufficient reserves to handle all debt obligations between closing and employment start date up to an additional 90 days must be verified.
When you’re ready to connect with a mortgage loan officer, use our form to quickly match with eligible loan programs based on your specific circumstances.
Bank of England
If you thought the Bank of England was in the United Kingdom, you’ll be surprised to find out that the Bank of England is located in England, Arkansas but has the ability to lend in all 50 states (except NY).
We contacted the Bank of England to see if we could gather details about their physician loan program. Here is what we learned:
- 0% down up to $1,000,000
- 5% down up to $1,500,000
- No PMI
- Only available on 3, 5 and 7-year ARM terms
- Program aimed at doctors who either seasoned practitioners or just out of medical school (in other words, they work with doctors of all experience levels).
- Requires a credit score of 700
- Requires two months of payment reserves.
- You can be a US Citizen or a Permanent or Non-Permanent Residence.
- They are able to exclude student loan debt in deferment or forbearance of 12+ months from the debt-to-income calculation.
- You can only use this doctor mortgage program for single family residences, condos and two-unit properties.
When you’re ready to connect with a loan officer, use our form to quickly match with eligible loan programs based on your specific circumstances.
Is a Hawaii physician mortgage loan right for you?
At this point, you may be asking yourself if a Hawaii physician mortgage is the best fit for you. Here are some things to consider:
- The median price in Hawaii is high, and a doctor mortgage can provide you with greater purchasing power.
- If you are in an established job to which you are fully committed, the time is right to purchase a home.
- Physician mortgage loans can come with higher interest rates when compared to conventional home loans, but that can be balanced out by the advantages, including the friendly consideration given to student debt.
Examples of doctors who take out physician loans in Hawaii
Let’s take a moment now to go through some scenarios in which a physician might take out a physician loan in Hawaii. Reviewing these may help you determine for yourself whether or not you want to move forward with one of these financial products.
A general practitioner who doesn’t have down payment
Kainoa is a general practitioner on Oahu with a thriving practice. Cash flow is tight right now, but he does want to buy a larger home for his family. With prices the way they are, a 20 percent down payment will wipe out the family savings account.
As an alternative, Kainoa decides to go with a physician mortgage loan. It will allow him to purchase with zero down and also give him access to more purchasing power in the competitive Hawaiian housing market.
A physician who has a large student loan debt balance
Samantha took out a number of student loans to get her through undergrad and medical school. It was all worth it from her perspective, given that she is now on the verge of starting an importing fellowship at North Hawaii Community Hospital.
She plans on staying on the Big Island for the rest of career, and it has occurred to her that she should probably buy a home now before her job gets even busier. Unfortunately, all of her student debt works against her with conventional loans, skewing her DTI ratio dramatically. A doctor mortgage is her best option, giving her a way to finance a home, even with too much debt.
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