We help ITIN holders buy a home instead of rent.

Your clients are ready to take the first steps to own a home for their families. Sunrise Banks is here to help you make it happen.

Our dedicated loan officers make mortgage lending easy and clear for first-time homeowners. We’ll be by their side to help them through the process, from inquiry to closing. And we know the Minnesota and South Dakota mortgage markets like the back of our hand.

What is the Pathway2Home ITIN Mortgage?

The Sunrise Banks Pathway2Home® mortgage program makes the goal of homeownership possible for people with Individual Tax Identification Numbers (ITIN). This means more people can now own their dream home!

Benefits for your clients include:

  • People with ITINs are eligible
  • Down payment and grant programs can be used to help offset costs. (A down payment is the amount of money you pay upfront for your house. This is paid in cash and goes toward the total mortgage amount.)
  • The house seller can pay closing costs, which are costs associated with closing your mortgage deal
  • Lender credits, which can help minimize closing costs, may be available

Things for them to consider:

  • Down payment required
  • They will need to take a Homebuyer Education class
  • They will need to provide two years’ worth of tax returns
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Frequently Asked Questions

An ITIN is a unique identifier containing a nine-digit tax processing number – resembling a Social Security number – that starts with the number nine. The Internal Revenue Service issues ITIN cards to individuals who are ineligible for a social security number.

Because both residents and nonresidents can have U.S. tax payment responsibilities, you can receive an ITIN card regardless of immigration status.

If your clients are interested in home ownership but are not eligible for a social security number, the first step is to obtain an ITIN card. Visit the IRS website for more information about how to obtain an ITIN card, as well as form W-7 to apply for an ITIN number

Step 1: Inquiry

  • Connect with one of our mortgage loan experts to start the process. You can find us online, send an email, or call us. Our loan officers are all listed on the mortgage website. When you work with Sunrise Banks, you will have a dedicated loan officer throughout the mortgage loan process.

Step 2: Pre-Approval

  • Our mortgage team will work with you on how to complete an application to start the process.
  • Your credit report will be obtained and the mortgage lender will ask about your income and assets.
  • Your mortgage lender will review your information to help you find a price range for your home search and give direction on down payment cost and options.
  • At this time, your mortgage lender will explain which types of mortgage loans you qualify for to help you determine which loan option is best for your personal situation.
  • Once you are pre-qualified, we will provide you with a pre-approval letter to include with any purchase offers you make while shopping for a home.

Step 3: Find Your Dream Home and Make An Offer

  • Now is the time to explore homes and put in an offer based on your pre-approval loan amount.
  • Work with your real estate agent to find homes that fit your criteria.
  • Make an offer!
  • Once your offer is accepted it is time to sign a purchase agreement.

Step 4: Application and Loan Processing

  • With your purchase agreement in place, your mortgage team will provide you with disclosures regarding the mortgage process and costs associated with the mortgage loan. If everything is acceptable to you, you’ll tell your mortgage lender that you want to proceed with the loan.
  • If loan verification documents have not already been collected by the mortgage lender, the processing team will reach out to introduce themselves and gather more documentation needed to complete the loan.
  • Documents that they will need include those pertaining to your identification, income, assets, and credit history. Bank account statements, paystubs, W-2s, tax returns, etc. are general documents needed to verify this information.
  • You will also need to find and secure Homeowners Insurance for your new home and provide us with this information.

Step 5: Home Appraisal

  • A standard appraisal of the house is required from Sunrise Banks before moving forward with the loan. An appraisal will determine the market value of the home.
  • Sunrise Banks will order the appraisal.
  • Note that appraisals may take time to be completed (approximately two to three weeks).
  • Additionally at this time your mortgage processor will also order;
    • Title Search
    • Verification of Employment
    • Flood Certification
    • Verification of Rent

Step 6: Rate Lock

  • Your mortgage lender will work with you to ensure that throughout the loan process you are keeping in touch to determine the best time for you to “lock” the interest rate on your loan.

Step 7: Loan Underwriting

  • During the previous loan processing steps, your mortgage team compiles all the necessary documents required for an underwriter to review and verify to make a formal loan decision.
  • The Underwriter may approve a loan as is or require additional information before issuing a final decision.
  • Your mortgage lender will provide periodic updates on your loan status.
  • Once underwriting is complete, you may be conditionally approved for your loan (which can take up to 72 hours).

Step 8: Closing Preparation

  • Your loan has officially been approved!
  • You will be provided with a Closing Disclosure a few days before your scheduled closing date. This outlines the final terms and costs of your mortgage.
    • The mortgage title company will confirm what you should bring to your upcoming closing date. Some general items needed may include:
          • Cashiers Check for required funds.
          • Government issued ID for all parties.

Step 9: Closing Day

  • Congratulations! You have made it to Closing Day!
  • During closing, you’ll pay for the down payment and closing costs. You will sign all legally binding documents such as a promissory note and mortgage or deed of trust. You will be handed the keys to your new home! Welcome home!

While the first few steps of the process are varied, including the time to find a home, a loan closing takes about 30-45 days from the accepted offer on the house.

Sunrise Banks Success Stories

“I had a really good experience with my loan officer and I’ve recommended her to two others! I like that Sunrise won’t sell my loan.”

“Process went smoothly and according to schedule in this very crazy time.”

“There is a personal touch and also quick to get a response.”

– Sunrise Banks Customers, MN
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Why people love working with Sunrise Banks

At Sunrise Banks, we work with our customers throughout the entire process of their loan, from inquiry to close, and they will have a dedicated loan officer for all questions along the way.

On top of our premium service, we have a purpose-driven mission. We believe in building strong communities with socially responsible and sustainable banking services and products. Sunrise Banks is a proud Certified B Corporation, a designated Community Development Financial Institution, and a member of the Global Alliance for Banking on Values.

What makes Sunrise Banks different?

  • Our loan officers are bilingual in English and Spanish.
  • We work with our customers to build credit, if needed, through our Credit Builder
  • Our customers’ loan stays in our books and won’t go to another lender after they close on their home.
  • There are no surprises along the way with our transparent process and regular check-ins with their dedicated loan officer. We understand how immigration can make finance complicated.
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