There is a bit of seasonality to physician financial issues, but nowhere is this more evident than with home-buying in the Spring. Last week we had a podcast about getting a good realtor and today we’re going to talk about doctor mortgages. I keep the most comprehensive list of physician mortgage lenders on the internet, and we sent them each a list of questions to answer to get specific information about each of their physician mortgage products. As you can see, there is quite a bit of variability from one to the next, so if a physician mortgage is something you want or need to use, (and if you’re not sure, read this) then you’ll need to do a little bit of work to see which is the best option for you. Remember that most lenders do not lend in every state, but there are multiple lenders for each state, so your first screen should be “who lends in the state I’m buying in?” So click on the map below first to get an idea of what is available to you before proceeding through the rest of the post.
Also, we dramatically underestimated how long this post would be (partly because there are so many options these days and partly because the agents were pretty wordy.) So we’ve heavily edited their responses such that this post is basically our writing, reducing the post from >10,000 words to just over 3,000. If compliance officers have a problem with something, let us know. Also, bear in mind that any information here is only current as of the date of publication, so, confirm important details with the lenders themselves.
The questions we asked were the following, including the last one just for fun. I’ve got to give the agents props–they were far less likely than the student loan refinancers to dodge that question!
- What are the terms of your physician mortgage product?
- What types of professionals qualify for your program?
- What is new with your company in the last 12 months?
- What do you see as your doctor mortgage product’s strengths over its competitors?
- Which of your competitors do you admire most and why?
We had a great response and hope you find this helpful if you’re in the market for a physician mortgage. Remember a doctor mortgage is a mortgage that doesn’t charge you PMI despite putting down less than 20%.
The Best of Physician Mortgage Lenders and the Loans they Offer
KeyBank Mortgage – Mike DeRaspe
Terms: 0% down up to $750K; 5% down up to $1,000,000; 10% down payment up to $1,500,000. Max loan size $3,500,000. NO PMI. NO Prepayment Penalty. Minimum credit score 680. Fixed rate mortgages include: 30, 25, 20,15, and 10yr fixed. ARM products include: 10/1, 7/1, and 5/1 ARM’s. Up to 360 day rate lock for new construction.
Professionals: Residents, Fellows, MD, DDS, DMD, Ophthalmologists, DPM, DO, Veterinarians.
New: Non-permanent resident aliens allowed. Non-occupant co-borrowers permitted.
Strengths: Great rates! Down payment, closing costs, and reserves may be gifted. Income based repayment for student loans used for underwriting. Close up to 60 days prior to employment. Only 2 months reserves for loan amounts under 500k and 4 months reserves over 500k; retirement assets count.
Competitors: I appreciate my competitors specializing in Doctor loans. We understand the unique circumstances Doctors may possess, and dedicate ourselves to delivering the best financing solutions for your home purchase. If one lender isn’t the right guideline fit, the group goes above and beyond in finding a lender that may be.
Mike can be reached at [email protected]
First Citizens Bank – Valerie Leonard
Terms: No limit on years in practice for established physicians. Fixed rate and ARM options depending on loan amount and occupancy type. Primary residence – 100% financing up to $750,000; 95% up to $1,000,000; 90% up to $1,250,000; 85% up to $1,500,000. Second home – 90% financing up to $750,000; 80% up to $1,000,000; 70% up to $1,250,000. Construction to Permanent and Construction Renovation – 89.99% financing up to $850,000. Minimum credit score – 680. Eligible borrowers include US Citizens, Permanent Resident Aliens, and Non-Permanent Resident Aliens
Professionals: Medical resident, interns, fellows and practicing physicians with the following designations~ MD, DDS, OD, DP, DPM, DO, DMD, DCh
New: Hospital CEOs were added as qualifying borrowers
Strengths: We offer our program to all qualifying doctors regardless of years in practice. We also offer second home financing, construction to perm and renovation options under this program.
Competitors: I admire SunTrust for their outreach to the physician community. They have abundant educational material available to borrowers shopping for this type mortgage.
Valeria can be reached at [email protected]
Simmons Bank – Cade Crawford
Terms: Minimum credit score of 640 – 0% down up to $750K 5% down up to $1,000,000 10% down payment up to $1,500,000. No PMI and No Prepayment Penalty. ARM products include: 7/1 and 10/1
Professionals: Medical Residents, Fellows, Medical Doctors and Surgeons, Dentists, Oral Surgeons with the following designations: MD, DO, DDS, DMD
New:. Condos can qualify for this program with streamlined guidelines for condo eligibility at the same rates of single family homes.
Strengths: Great rates! Up to 2% of the closing costs and prepaids can be financed on loans up to $750k. Student loans in deferral are not counted in ratios, Income based repayment for student loans is also accepted. Close up to 60 days prior to employment date with an employment letter.
Competitors: We appreciate our competitors that specialize in Doctor loans. We have very competitive features and guidelines and while we can help in most situations, if not, we will be glad to refer to one of the other trusted lenders that may have what is needed to help you.
Cade can be reached at [email protected]
Laurel Road Mortgage – Americo Mendes
Terms: Laurel Road offers a specific program tailored to doctors and dentists. Even doctors and dentists that are still in training are eligible by using a signed offer letter/contract for a full-time attending job as proof of income. Borrowers can put as little as 5% down on Jumbo Loans with no mortgage insurance on loans up to $1.5MM. Fixed and ARM options are available. Close loan up to 60 days prior to employment start date with an executed employment contract
Professionals: Physicians, dentists, attorneys, pharmacists, veterinarians and other professionals.
New: Laurel Road’s 100% digital application is available 24-hrs per day for busy working professionals. Laurelroad.com/whitecoatmortgage
Strengths: Applicants may receive up to $650 in closing cost credits. See https://www.laurelroad.com/mortgage#offers-and-benefits
Competitors: All mortgage companies and banks that offer conventional and jumbo loans.
Americo can be reached at [email protected]
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Flagstar Bank – Nicole Smith
Terms: 0% down up to $850K; 5% down up to $1,000,000; 10% down payment up to $1,500,000. NO PMI. NO Prepayment Penalty. ALL 50 States.
Professionals: Medical Resident (Educational License), Medical Doctor (MD), Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS), Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD), Doctor of Optometry (OD), Doctor of Ophthalmology (MD), Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM), Doctor of Osteopathy (DO), Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Attorney, Nurse Anesthetist, Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Nurse Specialist, ATP Pilots, Veterinarian
New: Non-occupant co-borrowers now allowed and non-permanent resident aliens. Income based repayment for student loans used for underwriting rather than a percentage of outstanding principle.
Strengths: All funds (reserves & closing costs) can be gifted. Close up to 60 days prior to employment. We can submit a full file into underwriting without a purchase contract. We are very preemptive in the process. See reviews here.
Competitors: Bank of America because they allow you to close up to 90 days before your start date.
Nicole can be reached at [email protected]
UMB – Doug Crouse
Terms: 100% up to 750k, 95% 750k – 1.25 million 90% from 1.25 million to 2 million This is for primary AND vacation homes. Reduce LTV by 5% for refinance
Professionals: Includes MD, DO, DDS, Doctor of Optometry, Doctor of Pharmacy, DMD, DVM, JD
New: This professional loan program is new
Strengths: 47 states vs small footprint, fixed rates where many only offer ARMS, major difference is only one I know of that includes vacation homes. Also no limit on time out of school.
Competitors: I can’t answer this one with any confidence as I don’t know the service levels of my competitors. Even though my wife is a doctor we haven’t personally done business with any of my competitors.
Doug can be reached at [email protected]
Loan Depot – David Henderson
Terms: 5% down to loans up to 1.5M, 10% down up to 2.5M, 20% down up to 3M. We offer 30 year fixed, as well as 5/1, 7/1, and 10/1 ARMS. We allow primary home purchases up to 4 units and purchases for a second home, although with more down payment.
Professionals: Physicians, dentists, attorneys, pharmacists, veterinarians and other professionals with student debt obligations.
New: We increased our availability of low down payment loans to allow 5% down up to 1.5M.
Strengths: I believe all lenders intend to make qualifying as easy as possible for doctors, but we have aggressive guidelines to allow them to qualify with lower reserves, lower fico scores down to 700, allowing rent on departing residences, and qualifying new doctors with as little as 1 year of self-employment.
Competitors: This is a hard one to answer because each loan officer I’ve talked to in different companies has such different programs. I very much admire those that allow a 0% down product and it is something I’m actively promoting to our company, albeit with higher loan amounts to allow a greater amount of doctors within CA to qualify.
David can be reached at
Fulton Mortgage Company – Jim Webster
Terms: 0% down including condos if Fannie Mae warrantable. 15 year fixed and several types of ARMs offered.
Professionals: Physicians, dentists, pharmacists, and veterinarians
New: Now offer a 15/1 ARM, which generally has a lower rate than a 30 year fixed.
Strengths: Can work with lower credit scores than most, as low as 680 with 2 years of no late payments.
Competitors: I truly feel my firm has the best doctor loan option and that is why I am here after working at two competitors. There are several doctor loan officers I know at other firms and I respect those people vs the firm.
Jim can be reached at [email protected]
Bank of Oklahoma Financial, NA – Bo Brown
Terms: 3% down to $650,000, 5% down to $850,000, 10% down to $1,000,000.
Professionals: Doctors, Dentist, CRNA’s, and DNAPs, and H1B Visas.
Bo can be reached at [email protected]
Huntington Bank – Sandi Jameson-Frith
Terms: 0% down to $750K, 5% down from $750K-$1.25M, 10% from $1.25M to $2M. 15 year fixed or various ARMs. Credit score of 700 required, but as low 680 if 5% down.
Professionals: Physicians, dentists, and veterinarians
New: As noted in the terms section, we have new higher lending amounts.
Strengths: Our loan amounts are higher than most. We allow up to a 50% Debt to Income ratio and have lower credit score requirements than most.
Competitors: I admire ALL my competitors! I work with quite few that I am able to refer back to for states that I cannot lend in. It is great networking and I am confident that they will treat my clients just as professionally as I do.
Sandi can be reached at [email protected]
First National Bank Southwest – Michael Bruegel
Terms: 10% down. 720 or higher credit score, ARMs only (5/1, 7/1, 10/1). We also offer a 3% down option, but it requires PMI.
Professionals: Physicians and licensed dental surgeons
New: Loans can be “recast” where you put additional principal down to lower both balance and payments. Also offer a letter of intent with full loan approval even without a property address for no cost, good for 90 days.
Strengths: A family owned bank that can close quickly with lower rates due to lack of overhead seen with larger banks.
Competitors: BBVA Compass with their 5% down loan up to $750K
Michael can be reached at [email protected]
Frandsen Bank – Brandon Reinarts
Terms: 0%-10% down options, all ARMs, 700 minimum credit score with no employment start date restrictions. Student loans excluded from debt ratios.
Professionals: Physicians, dentists, veterinarians, pharmacists, optometrists, attorneys
New: New longer fixed rate periods for ARM mortgages (up to 15/1). Down payment amounts also decreased.
Strengths: Personalization and community bank feel. Borrower applies, closes, and makes payments to our bank and their main point of contact for the duration of the loan will be the person who took their loan application!
Competitors: I admire any of the ‘big banks’ because they are usually the ones with the ability to offer 30 year fixed rate products in-house and can offer higher loan amounts.
Brandon can be reached at [email protected]
BBVA Compass – Mike Wagner
Terms: With a 720 credit score, 0% down to $650K, 5% down to $1.25M, 10% down to $1.5M, and 15% down up to $2M. 2-4 months of reserves required. Loans available with a score of 700+, but required down payments 5% higher.
Professionals: Physicians, dentists, attorneys, accountants
New: Loan tiers recently increased (so lower down payments).
Strengths: Higher loan amounts. We do loans with only one year of self-employment
Competitors: Several of the lenders that have been WCI supporters for a long time recommend each other’s services when they have a better product for the client. Those lenders put the client first, which is how I do business as well.
Mike can be reached at [email protected]
Regions Bank – Chris Roberts
Terms: 0% down to $750K an 5% down to $1M. 15 and 30 fixed, 5/7/10 year ARMs. Popular biweekly fixed rate option with significant interest savings. Deferred student loans not included in underwriting. Minimum credit score of 700 (720 for loans over $453,100).
Professionals: Physicians, dentists
New: Maximum loan amount with 0% down increased to $750K
Strengths: Our team’s ability to help clients navigate the process efficiently, quickly, and without headaches facilitated by our thorough pre-approval upfront.
Competitors: Cadence Bank due to their great leader and ability to do 0% down up to $1M.
Chris can be reached at [email protected]
Branch Banking and Trust – Holly Walsh
Terms: 0% down to $650K, 5% down to $1M with a score of 720+. With 700-719, 10% down required. 15 and 30 year fixed plus ARMs. Will close up to 60 days prior to start date with only a contract.
Professionals: Physicians, dentists, optometrist, podiatrist, chiropractor
New: We now loan to chiropractors and we have “decision-ready” which allows for underwriting in one week.
Strengths: Loans to podiatrists and chiropractors are rare and we only require 4 months of cash reserves.
Competitors: I admire Stephanie Arcelay (Suntrust) because I know that she has her clients best interest in mind and will do whatever it takes to make sure that they are taken care of.
Holly can be reached at [email protected]
Citizens Bank – Christopher Minear
Terms: Down payments start at 5% and loan amounts go up to $1.5M. Fixed mortgages from 10-30 years and ARMs from 3/1 to 10/1 available. We overlook student loan payments in qualifying for most residents and fellows.
Professionals: Physicians, dentists, podiatrists
New: Lower reserve requirements for residents, permit additional doctor loans, and upgraded our ability to make exceptions.
Strengths: Superior service, lower rates, favorable view of student loans in underwriting. I work exclusively with doctors.
Competitors: Great respect goes to Barb Reamer at Horizon Bank for her treatment of clients and the raving fans they become of both her and Horizon Bank.
Christopher can be reached at [email protected]
Horizon Bank – Barb Reamer
Terms: 5/1 to 10/1 ARMs with 0% down up to $750K. Higher down payments required up to $1.5M.
Professionals: Physician, dentists, podiatrists, optometrists, and physician assistants
New: The new PA program is different from the physician program, but still 0% down and no PMI.
Strengths: Competitive terms, an attractive process and extremely vested team.
Competitors: When I’m not able to assist, whether its due to the geographic lending area, property type, or in some cases credit score I look to those lenders who have a program that is similar to our model and refer the client out. The team of lenders on this site are honestly strong competitors, each having something a little different that will meet a particular borrower’s needs.
Barb can be reached at [email protected]
US Bank – Jonathan Brozek
Terms: 10% down to $1M, 15% down to $1.5M, 20% down to $2M, 30 year fixed and 5/1-7/1 ARMs
Professionals: Attending physicians less than 10 years out of training (or trainees in last 6 months of training).
New: Additional loan options (15 and 20 year fixed and 10/1 ARM) available with an easily obtained loan endorsement from one of our financial advisors.
Strengths: Low rates (similar to what others get with 20% down). Able to close 6 months before start date of new employment if exiting training, thus more flexibility to hedge interest rate risk, and for new home constructions. All 50 states.
Competitors: Admire, not sure, envy (ha-ha) Bank of America and Flagstar due lower down payment options and additional professional options (not just physicians). Each lender covers different territories that possess subtle differences that make them all admirable; it’s nice to have so many options.
Jonathan can be reached at [email protected]
Lake Michigan Credit Union – Corbin Buttleman
Terms: 0% down to $650 (sometimes $1M), 5% down to $1M, 10% down to $1.25M, 20% down > $1.25M. 15-30 year fixed and 5/1-15/1 ARMs. Available for purchase, refinance, and construction.
Professionals: Physicians, dentists, podiatrists.
New: Changed a previous 15 year balloon loan to a 15/1 ARM.
Strengths: As a Credit Union, we offer lower rates and costs as well as a 3% checking account (up to $15K balance).
Competitors: I really do not have a competitor that I know well enough to comment.
Corbin can be reached at [email protected]
Washington Trust Mortgage – David Fay
Terms: 0% down up to $750K, 5% down up to $1.25M, 10% down up to $2M. Down payment and closing costs may be gifted.
Professionals: Physicians, dentists, podiatrists, and veterinarians
New: Only 2 months reserves required and portfolio loans for good borrowers and those outside traditional guidelines. W can also assist with non-warrantable condominiums, recently self-employed, and foreign nationals.
Strengths: 0% down and a fast approval process due to our “true team spirit” rather than a large bureaucracy.
Competitors: Sandi Frith of Huntington Bank. Sandi always puts the needs of her clients first. If there’s an option her client needs and she doesn’t offer it, she’ll put the client in touch with a lender that can assist.
David can be reached at [email protected]
Key Mortgage – Fritz Julien
Terms: 0% down, 15 year fixed, 1/1-15/1 ARMs
Professionals: Physician, dentist, podiatrist, and veterinarians
New: New 15/1 ARM product.
Strengths: 0% down and 15/1 ARM
Competitors: Fifth Third Bank. Although their requirements are a bit more strict they do have a 30 year fixed rate option.
Fritz can be reached at [email protected]
University Federal Credit Union – Pedro Torres
Terms: 0% down to $453K, 5% down above $453K. Lower rates available with 10% down. 10, 15, and 30 year fixed, 5/1-8/1 ARMs.
Professionals: Physicians, dentists, pharmacists, nurse practitioners.
New: Gifted funds now allowed for loans up to $750K. NP and pharmacist availability.
Strengths: Low rates. Can close 90 days before start date. 30 day to close guarantee due to all in-house processing. In-house loan exception committee.
Competitors: Bank of America. Convenience, full-service banking and mortgage lending in all 50 states.
Pedro can be reached at [email protected]
Fifth Third Bank – Tony Lupescu
Terms: 0% down up to a $750K, 5% down to $1M, and 15% down up to $1.5 M. 15 and 30 year fixed and 5/1-10/1 ARMs. Don’t count deferred student loans against DTI ratio.
Professionals: Physicians, dentists, podiatrists
New: 0% down option increased to $750K and 5% down increased to $1M. Now lending to dentists.
Strengths: Close 90 days prior to employment. 0% down options, 30 year fixed option. 680 minimum credit score requirement (with 5% down). We frequently close in less than 30 days.
strong>Competitors: Bank of America because they can do the physician loan in all 50 states.
Tony can be reached at [email protected]
SoFi Mortgage – Alyssa Banks
Terms: Not a doctor-specific program, but geared toward all highly-educated working professionals. 10% down up to $3M. Fixed and ARM options. No lender or origination fees.
Professionals: Physicians, dentists, attorneys, pharmacists, veterinarians and other professionals with student debt obligations
New: Recent acquisition of Clara Lending, bolstering mortgage technology. Also a new resident student loan refinancing program.
Strengths: Digital loan process provides convenience for busy docs. Additional rate discount on your second loan (i.e. mortgage + student loan refinance.) Unique view of student loan debt (as a commitment to your profession.) Very experienced working with physicians and additional member benefits, plus a $500 welcome bonus.
Competitors: Rocket Mortgage by Quicken has done a good job introducing the online mortgage market to consumers.
Alyssa can be reached at [email protected]
First National Bank – Kenneth Roos
Terms: 0% down to $650K, 5% down to $800K, and 10% down to $1M. 10-30 YEAR FIXED, 7/1-15/1 ARMS. Purchase or refinance.
Professionals: Physicians, dentists, veterinarians
New: Now exclude deferred student loans from underwriting.
Strengths: Construction/permanent financing with only 10% down.
Competitors: I admire Fifth Third Bank as a competitor. They are in the same footprint as we are and are very competitive on the rate.
Kenneth can be reached at [email protected]
Fairway Independent Mortgage – Josh Mettle
Terms: 7 separate physician mortgage programs. 5% down to $1.5M and 10% down to $2.5M. Also partnered with local community grant programs for trainees.
Professionals: Physicians, dentists, veterinarians, podiatrists, CRNAs, physician assistants and others with advanced degrees
New: Now serving all 50 states and contributing to a rental housing grant program for trainees and a coming education grant for CRNAs.
Strengths: SPEED! We close greater than 2/3rds of our loans in less than 17 days and many in 10 or less, even if declined by another lender, providing a competitive edge in a hot housing market. HomeScout tool allows accurate MLS searching. All 50 states.
Competitors: Every physician lender has something different to offer, some have zero down, some super low rates, some great customer reviews, fast service and closings. So I would say I’m a fan of all the hard working physician lenders that work tirelessly to serve their clients. There are too many to name just one (fortunately).
Josh can be reached at [email protected]
SunTrust Mortgage – Stephanie Arcelay
Terms: 0% down up to $750K , 5% down to $1M, and 10% down up to $1.5M. Close 60 days prior to employment. Disclosures here.
Professionals: Physicians, dentists, and podiatrists in training or within 10 years of completing training
New: New “SunTrust Medical Professional Mortgage” – lending to nurses, dental hygienists, physician assistants, occupational therapists and speech therapists without PMI and a 3% down option (also allows seller contributions).
Strengths: 0% down to $750K, flexible options.
Competitors: I greatly admire Sandi Frith at Huntington Bank. As a fellow working mother in this business, I have great appreciation for her approach to work/life balance both in her business and personal life.
Stephanie can be reached at [email protected]
Whew! That was quite the list. I hope you find this resource helpful as you search for a physician mortgage and if you need a realtor too, check with our partner Curbside Real Estate for a recommendation.
What do you think? Have you purchased a physician mortgage? Who did you use and what was your experience like? Who else did you consider and what made your decision? Comment below!