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Why you need a mortgage prequalification

Getting prequalified allows you to have a better understanding of your financial health. It also saves you time and frustration in the long run.

  • Search for homes in the right price range. Set realistic expectations by assessing your current finances.
  • Ensure your offer will be taken seriously. Sellers have more confidence when you’ve taken the time to prequalify.
  • Gain an advantage over other buyers. Get a leg up on other bidders in a competitive housing market.
  • Get visibility into your financial health. You may need to lower your debt, save for a larger down payment or fix errors on your credit report.

Also, if you’re wondering how much house (and how big of a mortgage) you can afford, a good start is to figure out what your debt-to-income (DTI) ratio would be. This measurement compares how much debt you're paying against how much income you're making. Banks and mortgage lending companies typically use the DTI ratio as a way to measure your ability to pay a monthly mortgage payment.

Your DTI ratio is the percentage of your gross monthly income, before taxes, that goes toward your current rent (or potential mortgage), credit cards, student loans and other debt.

Begin by adding up your monthly debt and housing payments, then divide that total by your gross monthly income (generally, the total amount of money you earn in a month before taxes and deductions are taken out).

Traditionally, lenders prefer DTI ratios lower than 36 percent. In most cases, the highest DTI ratio a potential borrower can have to still qualify for a mortgage is 43 percent, although there are exceptions.

See our Insights article How much house can I afford?

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Applying with SimpliFi

With SimpliFiSM by Bank of Hawaii...

  • Start your application from the comfort of home
  • Speak with our local lending experts anytime throughout the process
  • Use your mobile, tablet or desktop device to apply
  • Upload your financial documents safely and securely

When you first click to apply, you'll need to create an account. Once you've created your account, you can begin your application. You can save your information and come back at any time to resume your application, provide follow up information and sign documents. 

What you'll need initially:

  • Pay stubs for most recent 30-day period.
  • W-2s for the last 2 years.
  • Tax returns for the last 2 years.
  • Bank statements for most recent 2-month period or quarter.

Understanding mortgage rates and points

With fixed-rate mortgages, the interest rate, and thus the monthly payment, is set at the time you take out the mortgage, and both remain constant throughout the course of your loan.

Adjustable-rate mortgages (or ARMs) usually have lower starting interest rates, compared with fixed-rate mortgages. However, with an adjustable-rate mortgage, your interest rate—and monthly payments—can change as interest rates fluctuate.

See our Insights article Adjustable-Rate or Fixed-Rate: Which Type of Mortgage is Right for You?

Mortgage points, sometimes known as discount fees or “paying down the rate,” are fees you pay your mortgage lender up front in exchange for a lower interest rate on your new mortgage. Paying points to your lender now allows you to pay less interest on your loan over time.

First-time Home Buyer's Loan Program

We’ve walked thousands of first-time home buyers through the mortgage process. From start to finish, we’re here to help you every step of the way. In addition to our great fixed or adjustable interest rate options and variety of terms with no prepayment penalties, our first-time home buyers receive 0.50% discount off mortgage points** and homeownership counseling

When you're ready to apply, you'll need:

  • Recent pay stubs within 30 days
  • IRS Form W2 for the last 2 years
  • State and federal personal income tax returns for the last 2 years
  • Current bank statements for the most recent 2-month period or quarter.
  • Landlord information or rental agreements
**Mortgage points, or discount points, are fees you can pay to the lender at closing in exchange for a lower interest rate, potentially reducing your monthly mortgage payments. Typically, each point costs 1 percent of your mortgage amount.

Jumbo loans

When a borrower needs to take out a loan that exceeds the standard loan limit set by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), it is considered to be a nonconforming "jumbo loan." In Hawaii, a loan that exceeds the limit of $822,375 is considered a jumbo loan.

If you have bigger borrowing needs, we have great rates and options to help get you into your dream home.

Construction loans

Looking to build a custom home? Our interest-only payments during construction help make building your custom home more affordable.

  • Low interest-only monthly payments during construction that convert to your permanent mortgage after construction
  • Easy one-step financing with one-time closing
  • Available for owner-occupants, second home buyers, and State of Hawaii resident investors
  • Owner-occupant loans up to $2,000,000
  • Interest reserve payment option available
  • No pre-payment penalty

VA home loans and other mortgage programs

VA home loans are available to service members, veterans and qualifying family members.

  • For owner-occupied, single family homes (1-4 units), planned unit developments or condominiums
  • No down payment, with a 100% financing option
  • Low interest rates
  • Limited closing costs
  • No need for Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI)
  • Finance your VA funding fee

If you’re looking for other mortgage programs, contact us regarding these options:

  • FHA Loans
  • Mortgage Credit Certificate
  • Rural Housing Programs
  • Financing options for DHHL Lessees (Department of Hawaiian Home Lands)

How to Prepare Financially for Buying a New Home

The Complete Guide to Buying a Home in Hawaii

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