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How Can I Qualify for a Loan When I'm About to Retire and Won't Have a Monthly Income?

June 06, 20243 min read

How Can I Qualify for a Loan When I'm About to Retire and Won't Have a Monthly Income?

As you approach retirement, planning for your future living situation is crucial. If you're considering buying a new home but are concerned about qualifying for a mortgage without a monthly income, there's good news. You can still qualify for a loan using your retirement accounts. Here's how you can leverage your retirement savings to secure a mortgage and enjoy your golden years in a new home.

Understanding Lender Requirements

Lenders typically assess your ability to repay a mortgage based on your income. However, if you won't have a traditional monthly income post-retirement, lenders can consider your retirement assets. Here are the key factors they evaluate:

  1. Retirement Accounts: These include IRAs, 401(k)s, pensions, and other investment accounts.

  2. Liquid Assets: Funds that can be easily converted to cash, such as savings accounts, stocks, and bonds.

  3. Debt-to-Income Ratio (DTI): Lenders may calculate your DTI using a different method for retirees, focusing on your assets rather than income.

Using Asset Depletion for Mortgage Qualification

One common method lenders use is called asset depletion. This method involves converting your retirement assets into a monthly income equivalent. Here's how it works:

  1. Calculate Total Retirement Assets: Sum up the total value of your retirement accounts.

  2. Determine Monthly Income: Divide the total assets by a specific term, often 360 months (30 years), to simulate a monthly income stream.

  3. Subtract Outstanding Debt: Any existing debts will be deducted to calculate your net monthly income.

For example, if you have $1,000,000 in retirement accounts, the lender might divide this by 360, resulting in an equivalent monthly income of approximately $2,778.

Requirements for Using Retirement Accounts

To qualify using your retirement assets, you typically need to:

  • Provide Documentation: Present statements of your retirement accounts and any other assets.

  • Show Proof of Liquidation: If required, demonstrate that you can liquidate a portion of your assets to cover the mortgage.

  • Meet Minimum Reserve Requirements: Some lenders may require you to have a certain amount of reserves, ensuring you have sufficient funds for future mortgage payments.

Additional Strategies

In addition to asset depletion, consider these strategies:

  1. Annuities: Convert part of your retirement savings into an annuity, providing a guaranteed monthly income stream.

  2. Part-Time Employment: If feasible, take on a part-time job to generate additional income.

  3. Portfolio Loans: Some lenders offer portfolio loans, which are not sold on the secondary market and may have more flexible qualification criteria.

Steps to Take

  1. Consult with a Mortgage Professional: Speak with a mortgage loan officer who specializes in working with retirees. They can guide you through the process and help you understand the specific requirements.

  2. Prepare Your Documentation: Gather statements of your retirement accounts, any other investments, and a list of your assets and liabilities.

  3. Explore Different Lenders: Different lenders may have varying criteria and products tailored for retirees. It's beneficial to shop around and compare offers.


Qualifying for a mortgage in retirement is entirely possible, even without a traditional monthly income. By leveraging your retirement accounts and working with knowledgeable professionals, you can secure a loan and enjoy your retirement in a new home. If you have further questions or need personalized assistance, reach out to The Chapman Mortgage Team. We're here to help you navigate the mortgage process and find the best solution for your unique situation.


By following these steps and utilizing the resources available, you can confidently move forward with your retirement plans and secure the home of your dreams.

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