Quicken Loans Partners with Vrbo on Mortgage Program for Vacation Rentals

Quicken Loans Partners with Vrbo on Mortgage Program for Vacation Rentals

Traditionally, short-term rental income could not be used to qualify for a mortgage.

Detroit-based Quicken Loans has strategically partnered with Vrbo®, a platform for people seeking vacation rentals, to allow rental income earned through Vrbo to be used to qualify for a mortgage refinance. This program uses confirmed and documented rental income so homeowners can more accurately illustrate their full income stream. Mortgages for primary residences, vacation homes and investment properties are all eligible through this innovative new program.

For the first time, Quicken Loans clients can use income generated from offering their properties for rent as vacation homes on Vrbo to qualify for a conventional mortgage to refinance their mortgage. Traditionally, rental income can only be used to qualify for a mortgage when it is earned from a home that is deemed an investment property, not short-term rentals. Through this program, homeowners can use Vrbo income to qualify for a refinance if the rental income is from a primary residence or a second home. Quicken Loans is the only lender that allows clients to use Vrbo income to qualify for a mortgage.

“Vrbo helps homeowners use one of their biggest assets as a source of income. Now Quicken Loans can accurately review that income and consider it when calculating the debt-to-income ratio – a major data point considers when qualifying for a mortgage,” said Jay Farner, CEO of Quicken Loans. “As our economy continues to evolve, it’s important that our lending calculations continue to evolve along with them.”

Homeowners’ Vrbo income that is used to qualify for a mortgage is accurate, real-time recorded data. They can get their earnings statements from Vrbo to share with their Quicken Loans mortgage banker.

“Homeowners who list their vacation homes on our marketplace have a unique financial opportunity to earn extra income. Over 50 percent of Vrbo owners use their rental income to cover at least 75 percent of their mortgage payment,” said Bill Furlong, vice president of HomeAway, Americas. “For the first time ever, homeowners can use their Vrbo rental income to be considered for a mortgage refinance, unlocking more value and financial returns on their property investments.”

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After earning her bachelor’s degree in journalism at the University of Central Florida, Tracey set out in the real world at Florida Realtors in 1994 as a communication assistant, working her way up to editor in chief of Florida Realtor magazine. In 2004, she left the association to start her freelance writing and editing business. One of her first clients was REAL Trends, and she started working for the organization in 2005. In 2014, Tracey was promoted to editor in chief of publications for REAL Trends. She handles the writing and editing of all REAL Trends publications and marketing materials, including LORE Magazine, the REAL Trends newsletter and the blog. She is also the primary podcast interviewer where she conducts interviews with top real estate industry leaders and affiliated industry leaders. Tracey is married with two children.

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