Can You Get a Mortgage If You’re Self-Employed?
Whether you’ve owned your business for many years or started a new one, know that self-employed people can and do get mortgages.
Typically, lenders ask for documentation that includes a minimum of two years of personal and business tax returns, recent bank statements, year-to-date profit and
loss statements, and documentation of other assets which prove financial stability. Lenders also consider details about the length of time you have been self-employed
and how long you’ve done the type of work you are doing.
Lenders may review legal documents that established the business entity as an S-Corp, LLC, or Partnership. The financial strength of the business, demand for its
products and services, and future outlook will all be considered in the approval process.
Exceptions to the two year rule for self employment do exist.
There is a difference between a borrower who is self-employed for one year who has worked in the same field for many years, compared to the borrower who is self-employed for one year in a new line of work.
• If you were a W2 employee in the same field of work for five to seven years, earning $50,000, and opened your own business less than two years ago, you may not need a two year self-employment history because you’re in the same field and earning similar or more income.
• If you are a self-employed borrower in a new line of work, you may need to wait until you can provide two years of income stability even if you have the current income to qualify and are making more than you were prior to opening your new business. In this example, you may have adequate income but lack a long-term history in your new line of work.
Bottom Line: Work with an experienced loan officer who is skilled in helping self-employed borrowers. They can look at your overall situation, review mortgage options, and advise you regarding the timeframe needed to satisfy underwriting guidelines and obtain a loan approval.
Contact me for recommendations of lenders who are experienced working with self-employed borrowers!
Source: Mortgage Market Guide