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What information is used to determine loan approvals?
What information is used to determine loan approvals?
Written by Kaela Worthen
Updated over a week ago

Paintbrush works with Continental Bank, Member FDIC, to originate loans. To underwrite an applicant’s ability to repay, several factors are considered, including the risk of the individuals applying for the loan, the legitimacy of the business, and the ability of the personal guarantor to repay.

Personal information

For every partner of the business who owns more than 20%, the following information is required:

  • Full name

  • Email address

  • Phone number

  • Physical home address (no PO boxes, etc.)

  • Date of birth

  • Social security number

  • % ownership in the business

That information is used to verify:

  • Applicants are who they say they are (not fraudulent)

  • Applicants are legal age of majority

  • Eligibility to live and work in the United States

  • Not on any government watchlists

  • No record of financial crimes

  • No record of violent crimes in the last 10 years

  • At least 80% ownership of business is reported

  • Personal guarantor owns at least 50% of business

Occasionally you may be prompted to upload additional documents such as a driver's license or passport if we have trouble verifying this information.

Income & credit information

For the applicant who will act as the personal guarantor on the loan (the one who will pay back at 15% of their income if the business fails to repay the loan), additional data will be verified. You will be asked to:

  • Connect your payroll history for the last 2 years, and/or

  • Upload a combination of W2s, 1099s, or paystubs if unable to connect your payroll history.

Those items, plus the personal information above is used to verify you:

  • Make at least $100k/year

  • Have history over 2 years showing consistent income levels

  • Have a credit score of 720 or higher

  • Have a debt-to-income ratio of 40% or less

  • Do not have any foreclosures or repossessions

  • Do not have any bankruptcies in the last 7 years

  • Do not have any judgments in the last 5 years adding up to more than $2,500

  • Do not have any liens in the last 5 years adding up to more than $2,500

  • Do not have and delinquencies greater than 60 days past due, collections, or charge-offs in the past 24 months.

Business Information

Finally, the legitimacy of the business needs to be verified. While it is not required to have a full business plan or prove the probability of success, the business does need to be registered and in good standing. You'll provide:

  • Business Name

  • Website (if available)

  • Business address (can be the same as the personal address if you don't have an office yet)


  • Business bank account

  • Business industry

  • Prior business debt

Currently Paintbrush Loans are only available to the following:

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