Could You Qualify for An "A" Paper or Prime Loan?
Written by: Kristy Welsh
Last Updated: August 14, 2017
Please Note: We are not a bank nor do we give out loans. Each bank has its own set of rules to decide whether or not to give a person a loan. The criteria given below is meant to be used as a guideline only.
An "A paper loan" is another term for a prime loan. This type of loan is for a person with a credit score of 680 or higher, can fully documents his/her income and assets, their debt to income ratio does not exceed 35 percent, has two months of mortgage payments in reserves after closing, and can injects at least 20 percent equity into the transaction.
|"A" Credit||This means:
See more details on deciding if you have A credit.
|Sufficient Income||This means:
|Stability||Although credit and income are the biggest two deciding factors on whether or not to give someone a loan, stability plays a part. Good stability means:
|Down Payment||You cannot buy a house without making a down payment. Typically you need to have saved up an amount equal to 3.5 percent of the price of the home at the minimum — and this is for an FHA loan to qualify. Some loan programs even allow the down payment and/or closing costs to be paid for through a monetary gift from a relative, such as the FHA program.|
The decision whether or not to give you a loan is not dependent on any one of the above factors alone, but on all three. For instance, if you have excellent credit, but no verifiable income, no one will give you an A type loan on a new home (and perhaps no loan period, in today's market). You may still be able to get a loan with less than A credit, but the application process will be harder and the interest rate and points will probably be higher. More at Brokers vs. Bankers.