Do you need W2 income to get an Airbnb loan? How can you get it without one?
Many Airbnb loans have income requirements. So what happens if you don’t have W2 income on your first Airbnb loan transaction?
If you need to get an Airbnb loan without W2 income, you can use a DSCR (Debt Service Coverage Ratio) loan.
Using a DSCR Loan to Get an Airbnb
Maybe you started a business less than 2 years ago and you don’t yet have tax returns that qualify you for most loans. Or you just lost or left a job. Or maybe you recently moved.
In any of these circumstances, you probably won’t have the W2 income that qualifies you for most loans.
But DSCR loans will work for you because they only look at the potential or current rent for the property. Many, but not all, DSCR lenders will do Airbnb, VRBO, and other short-term rental loans.
DSCR Airbnb Loan Requirements
With a DSCR loan for a short-term rental, however, you don’t use the actual income amount you receive from Airbnb or VRBO. Instead, you’ll use the average rent in the neighborhood to qualify for your loan.
This means you can get a DSCR loan if the standard, monthly rent in the neighborhood would cover the property’s costs. So, that average rent amount must be greater than or equal to the property’s:
- HOA fees
If the property meets those requirements, you can get an Airbnb loan without all the W2 income documentation required by typical loans.
Find the Right DSCR Loan for You
With DSCR loans, it’s very important to shop around. Every DSCR lender will offer a slightly different type of loan, with slightly different requirements.
There is a loan that is perfect for your credit, your plan, and your property. You just have to find it.
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