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If you have only 10% down payment and do not wish to pay a private mortgage insurance (PMI), we have the right solution for you – 80/10/10 loan. Yes, it’s back and this post will give you all the details you need to know.

How does a 80/10/10 loan work?
Usually a 2nd mortgage or a Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC) is offered up to 90% of the home value. Such kind of loans are popularly known as 80/10/10 loans, where the first mortgage is 80 percent of the home value, second mortgage or HELOC is 10 percent and the rest 10 percent is the down payment by the borrower.
What are the benefits of a 80/10/10 loan?
PMI is required on all conventional loans with less than 20% down payment. So if you had 10% down payment and you opted for one loan of 90%, you would end up paying PMI. However an 80/10/10 loan eliminates the need for a mortgage insurance. In some cases this could mean a higher interest rate on the 1st mortgage. Hence, 80/10/10 loan is not for everyone. Depending on your credit qualification and financial goals, in some cases doing one 90% LTV loan and paying PMI may be a better idea. Make sure to contact us for a free consultation so that we can guide you which option is better for you.

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  • Example #1 – Using 80/10/10 loan to avoid PMI
    Say you are buying a house worth $650,000 and you only have 10% down payment i.e. $65,000. You need a loan amount of $585,000. You can get one loan of 90% and pay mortgage insurance on it. Or you can get two loans – 1st mortgage for 80% i.e. $520,000 and a 2nd mortgage (HELOC) for 10% i.e. $65,000. You don’t pay mortgage insurance on either the 1st or the 2nd mortgage.
  • Example #2 – Using 80/10/10 loan to qualify for a higher loan amount
    Say you wanted to buy a $825,000 house and had only 10% downpayment. You wont qualify for any loan since Jumbo loans (loan amounts higher than conforming limits) require a minimum of 20% downpayment. So if your property is in a high cost area and conforming limit is $625,500 – with a 10% down your maximum loan amount can’t exceed $625,500. But with a 80/10/10 loan you can buy a $825,000 house by putting down only 10%. The first loan is not exactly 80% of the home value, but the program still works to help you buy a house like this with only 10% down.
  • Example #3 – Using 80/10/10 loan to avoid paying jumbo mortgage rates
    Say you are buying a $900,000 house and have 20% down payment. You can get one loan of $720,000. But you don’t want to exceed the conforming limit and don’t want to pay the higher interest rate of a Jumbo loan. In this example, you can get a $625,500 loan on the 1st (assuming that is the loan limit in your county) and can get a HELOC for $94,500. You are still paying 20% down, so technically its not a 80/10/10 loan. But using a HELOC on the 2nd and splitting the loan into two, you can avoid paying higher interest rate for a Jumbo loan.

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How can I qualify for a 80/10/10 loan?

We offer this loan program for both home purchase and refinance. Property must be owner occupied. A minimum credit score of 700 is required for California (CA) borrowers. This is not available for Texas (TX) properties.

Some of the additional guidelines for the HELOC is mentioned below:

Maximum loan amount of $350,000 (This is the maximum ONLY for the HELOC)
  • No foreclosure, deed-in-lieu, short sale or “real estate account paid for less than full balance” within the last 5 years. No bankruptcy filing within the last 8 years.
  • $75.00 annual maintenance fees
  • First 10 years draw period, next 20 years repayment period

Even though the 2nd lender allows a total of $1.275 million, we are restricted to a total (1st loan + 2d loan) of $975,500, since the first mortgage can’t exceed the conforming balance limit of $625,500 (in high cost areas). The maximum loan amount for 2nd loan is $350,000.