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You don’t have to be a US citizen to get a US mortgage.

MAY 21, 2016 . US CITIZEN MORTGAGE, FOREIGN NATIONAL MORTGAGE, US MORTGAGE LOAN

 

Yes, you read that correctly ... You don’t have to be a citizen to get a US mortgage.

If you’re a permanent resident alien, you’ll need your green card and your social security number. Your mortgage application process will be very similar to that of US citizens.

If you’re a non-permanent resident alien, you don’t have a green card, but you have a social security number or ITIN. You can finance a home if you produce a work permit (Employment Authorization Document) or special employer-sponsored visa. Lenders must verify that you’ll be able to live and work in the country for at least three years.

Non-U.S. citizens without lawful residency in the U.S. are not eligible for Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac or FHA home loans. There are two sorts of non-citizen homebuyer in the United States — the resident who wants a primary residence, and the non-resident who wants a vacation or investment property in the US. Each buyer may finance property with a foreign national mortgage, but the loans are not alike.

Permanent resident aliens

Both permanent and non-permanent resident aliens can obtain mortgages in America, pretty much like everyone else. They can even get Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac home loans with as little as three percent down once they are living in the US.

The documentation requirements depend on the borrower’s status.

If you’re a permanent resident alien, you’ll need your green card and your social security number. Your mortgage application process will be very similar to that of US citizens.

Non-permanent resident aliens

If you’re a non-permanent resident alien, you don’t have a green card, but you have a social security number, you may be able to finance a property if you produce a work permit (Employment Authorization Document) or special employer-sponsored visa.

Lenders must verify that you’ll be able to live and work in the country for at least three years. If your permit is going to expire within a year, your lender must evaluate your likelihood of remaining in the country and decide accordingly.

Foreign national loans for non-residents

Prior to Global Mortgage Group's Foreign National Mortgage programs it was a lot harder for borrowers outside the US to finance second homes or investments properties in the US. These are riskier for lenders, so they carry higher interest rates often above 8%. Borrowers also used to have to make much larger down payments — on average 50 percent. However, that has all changed with GMG's specialised programs.

Two of the most popular programs;

1. GMG FNSTATED - This is a perfect program for borrowers that either can't show the required income for various reasons such as self employment, lumpy income or just a concern for privacy. This program doesn't require any income verification, US credit or residency and has a high LTV of 70 percent.

2. GMG FNFull - This is a perfect program for a borrower to show their foreign tax returns and income statements just as a US citizen would. Rates are on par with what a US citizen would pay and the LTV can go as high as 50 percent without reserves required.

GMG is the ONLY Asia based US focused Real Estate financing firm with offices in Singapore, Hong Kong and Shanghai. The ability to open an application and close a loan without ever leaving Asia may be unique, but we do it everyday. Borderless mortgages. Easy.

What about US credit scoring?

One challenge foreign borrowers face is the lack of credit history. It can take years to accumulate enough credit history to generate a good score. Or any score.

However, there is help for those with so-called “thin files” or No Credit. GMG can accept either a bank reference letter or a foreign credit report in lieu of a standard US credit report. This is a unique feature and sets GMG apart from other US based lenders and brokers.

What about US EXPATS?

Are you a US Expat, files US Taxes but work for a foreign company and don't receive a W2? Oh, boy ... we've got a great program for you! Our GMG Expat mortgage program is as easy as walking into your local bank in "Small Town, USA". We look at your foreign income just as we would if it was paid in USD. Your W2 is offset with other documents and your loan is processed just as it would if you were in the US. It's that easy! Although it does require sufficient US credit for these programs.

However, if US credit isn't an option because you've been abroad for many years ... we have thought of that as well. We have programs for these borrowers as well.

GMG welcomes everyone ...

With over 40+ combined years of experience in the US mortgage banking and Asia private banking, GMG knows the type of borrowers, their problems and hurdles and how to resolve these issue in the same time zone, and without the learning curve US based banks/brokers may have. GMG welcomes anyone looking to invest or refinance US Real Estate. They have programs for almost every type of borrower regardless of their passport.

GMG also offers direct mortgage programs for Canada, The UK, Australia, Thailand, Japan and most of Europe.

For more information please contact hello@gmg.asia

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