Debt Service Coverage Ratio: No-Income Mortgage Loan

Qualify for a home loan without using your tax returns. As a real estate investor, you can avoid high rates and high points of private loans, lengthy approval processes, and strict lending criteria with a debt service coverage ratio loan, which is a type of no-income loan. Qualify for a loan based on your property’s cash flow, not your income.

Securing a debt service coverage ratio loan can help you expand your investment portfolio easier than ever before.

What Is a Debt Service Coverage Loan?

A DSCR loan is a type of non-QM loan for real estate investors. Lenders use a DSCR to help qualify real estate investors for a loan because it can easily determine the borrower’s ability to repay without verifying income.

How Does a DSCR Loan Work?

Because real estate investors write off expenses on their properties, some may not qualify for a conventional loan. The debt service coverage ratio loan allows these individuals to qualify more easily because they don’t require proof of income via tax returns or pay stubs that investors either don’t have or that don’t represent their true income due to write-offs and business deductions.

Benefits of DSCR Loans

Benefits of DSCR Loans for real estate investors include:
  • Potentially quicker closing times
  • No income or job history verification required
  • No limit on the number of properties
  • Loan amounts up to $5,000,000
  • Unlimited cash out
  • As little as 20% on down payments
  • Credit scores as low as 620
  • Cashout Refinance up to 75% LTV
  • Debt Service Coverage Ratios as low as .75%
  • Interest-only loan option available
  • Suited for new and seasoned real estate investors
  • Both long-term and short-term rentals are eligible (Airbnb, VRBO, etc.)
  • No reserves required on cashout loans, 6 months required on all other loans unless the DSCR ratio is less than 1.
  • DSCR LLC loans: Close in the name of your LLC

What Is the Debt Service Coverage Ratio (DSCR)?

The Debt Service Coverage Ratio is a ratio of a property’s annual gross rental income and its annual mortgage debt, including principal, interest, taxes, insurance, and HOA (if applicable). Lenders use DSCR to analyze how much of a loan can be supported by the income coming from the property as well as to determine how much income coverage there will be at a specific loan amount. Lenders do not take into account expenses such as management, maintenance, utilities, vacancy rate, or repairs in the debt-service-coverage ratio calculation.

What Is a Good DSCR Ratio?

Many lenders will require a 1.25 DSCR to qualify for a DSCR mortgage loan. However, Griffin Funding allows real estate investors to qualify for a loan with a DSCR as low as .75 so that they can qualify with the cash flow of your property. Please note that interest rates are better on DSCR ratios of 1 or above and that a DSCR ratio of less than 1 requires 12 months of reserves. Real estate investors can increase the DSCR by choosing an interest-only loan to maximize cashflow.

When considering what a good DSCR ratio is, lenders need to ensure that a borrower is able to pay back the loan.

DSCR Formula Calculation

The debt service coverage ratio formula is the annual gross rental income divided by the debt obligations of the property.

Annual Gross Rental Income/Debt Obligations =
Debt Service Coverage Ratio
  • To find your Gross Rental Income we take your annual rental income based on your lease agreement and the appraiser’s comparable rent schedule (form 1007) and use the lesser of the two. In some cases, if you can prove a twelve month history of LTR or STR rental income you can qualify off of that rather than the appraiser’s market rent.
  • Next, you’ll need to find your annual debt. Your annual debt for loan qualification purposes equals the total annual principal, interest, taxes, insurance and HOA (if applicable) payments. Annual Debt = Total Annual PITI payments
  • Next, you’ll divide your annual gross rental income by your annual debt for your ratio. DSCR = Annual gross rental income/Annual Debt

Please note that Net Operating Income (NOI), Capitalization Rate (Cap Rate), Cash on cash return (COCR), and Return on Investment (ROI) are not considered for DSCR mortgage loan qualifying purposes. Use our DSCR loan calculator to determine the loan you qualify for and what rental income you need to cashflow.

Example of Debt Service Coverage Ratio Calculation

A real estate investor might be looking at a property with a gross rental income of $50,000 and an annual debt of $40,000. When you divide $50,000 by $40,000, you get a DSCR of 1.25, which means that the property generates 25% more income than what is necessary to repay the loan. This also means that there is a positive cash flow in the lender’s eye.

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Why Does DSCR Matter?

The DSCR lets the lender know how to determine a borrower’s ability to pay off their DSCR mortgage. Lenders must forecast how much a real estate property can rent for so that they can predict a property’s rental value.

If you have a DSCR of less than 1.0, it means that a property has the potential for negative cash flow. DSCR loans can still be made on properties with less than a 1 ratio however they usually are purchase loans with home improvements / upgrades / remodeling to be made to increase the monthly rent or for homes with high equity and potential for higher rents in the future. You also can potentially get the property above a 1.0 ratio with a DSCR interest only loan.

Non-QM Loans for Borrowers with Low DSCR

Griffin Funding offers these loans for borrowers with a DSCR as low as .75. If you fall below that requirement, you still have tons of other loan options available to you, including the following Griffin Funding non-QM mortgages:

  • Asset-Based Loans: Asset-based mortgages are another loan product for investors who want to qualify for a loan without taking income into account. These loans allow you to use your assets instead of your income to qualify, which means you won’t have to provide a tax return or proof of income..
  • Bank Statement Loans: A bank statement loan allows investors to verify their income using bank statements instead of tax returns. These are beneficial for investors who have write-offs and deductions on their taxes that may make lenders believe that they bring in less money than they actually do each month.
  • Interest-Only Loans: Interest-only loans offer investors the option to pay lower monthly payments for the first portion of the loan. During this time, payments only apply to interest, not the principal balance.
  • Recent Credit Event Loans: A recent credit event loan allows borrowers to qualify for a loan despite recent credit events like bankruptcy, short sale, foreclosure, and divorce so that you can start rebuilding your investment portfolio as soon as possible.

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Begin or continue building your real estate investment portfolio without the need for a hard money private loan. Our DSCR loans are an excellent mortgage option for new and seasoned investors to help you build your portfolio without mortgage challenges standing in your way. Apply for a DSCR loan online today. Whether you are a first-time investor or an experienced investor investing in a long-term rental property or a short-term vacation rental our DSCR loans have you covered.

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DSCR No-Income Mortgage Loan Rates

What Is a 6 Month SOFR DSCR Loan?

As mentioned above, DSCR loans are a type of mortgage used by real estate investors to purchase property without having to show proof of income. The loans are made by looking at the potential income that a property could bring, instead of the income that an investor is making right now. 6 month SOFR DSCR loans are a variation on this financing option where the loan is packaged as an adjustable rate mortgage with an interest rate that changes based on the SOFR index. 

The Secured Overnight Financing Rate is an index that provides a weighted average of the interest rates that major financial institutions charge for overnight loans. A 6-month SOFR DSCR loan has an adjustable rate that changes based on the SOFR index. With a SOFR mortgage, a real estate investor starts with a fixed interest rate that stays the same for a period of time and then adjusts every six months based on the 30-day average of the SOFR index.

A 6 month SOFR DSCR loan allows an investor to take advantage of market rates. As soon as the SOFR rate falls, an investor can see the interest rate on their mortgage fall. On the other hand, if the SOFR rate rises, borrowers will be subject to a higher interest rate. 

At Griffin Funding, we offer 6 month SOFR ARMs , 3/6 SOFR ARMs—meaning you get a fixed rate for 3 years and then the interest rate adjusts every 6 months—5/6 SOFR ARMS, 7/6 SOFR ARMS, and 10/6 SOFR ARMS. As you can see, we have a wide variety of SOFR DSCR loans available to potential borrowers who are interested in this financing option.