Self Employed Mortgages
Many years ago, it was very easy for people that were self employed to obtain a mortgage. If the borrower showed a strong annual income and assets then getting a conventional or FHA loan was relatively easy. Self employed mortgages were made readily available with creative financing. This was done by offering “Stated” Residential Mortgages or “No Income No Assets” (also referred to as NINA) Loans. Whereas conventional and FHA mortgages still exist, presently Stated Loans and NINA loans are a thing of the past.
So, the self employed borrower now has less options than they did in the past. One of the issues that the self employed go through is showing 2 years of positive cash flow. W2 borrowers are pretty much “cut and dry” when showing what their gross income is. But self employed borrowers have a much different plight. When considering depreciation, company losses, and funds paid back to the business owner it can be confusing. Underwriters take not a stern but an exhaustive look on business returns to justify/qualify doing a mortgage for these borrowers.
Self Employed Mortgages require preparation!
The first advice I will give is that you should talk to your CPA or Accountant. Let them know that you are going to be seeking a mortgage. Ask them to help compile your last two years of business and personal returns. You will also nee and an up to date profit and loss statement. You should also ask them if they would mind making themselves available to speaking with your mortgage loan officer. This will assist in clarifying any questions they have on your financials.
Open dialogue is very important with your CPA/Accountant and your mortgage professional. In June of 2014 we closed a home purchase that had been previously turned down in underwriting by a local Connecticut Bank. The client had good credit and owned 4 companies where most of the companies had a daunting amount of depreciation or losses and one 1 company was doing very well. On its surface the file looked very complex and as though the client was showing negative income for the last year.
I asked the client’s permission to speak to his accountant. After one meeting we were able to break everything thing down to balance out his DTI (Debt-to-Income Ratio) and show proof of his positive earnings. If the previous mortgage company had bothered to ask about percentages of ownership in each of the companies and sat with the client’s CPA, then they could have closed it. They would have realized that the client in fact had very strong earnings over the last 2 years on their 1040 and business tax returns. It was just simply a lot to digest. Self employed mortgages do not need to be difficult to get done. But, a fair amount of homework needs to be completed in the early stages.
Understanding Underwriting Guidelines
Another thing that self employed borrowers should do is be mindful that all mortgage companies are going to “source and season” all large deposits on the bank statements. Source and Season is exactly what is sounds like. Lenders want to see funds in the account for at least two months and will need to show where all large deposits come from. So be prepared to supply a lot of information (and be prepared that sometimes the information you provide will lead to more questions).
Be proactive with this underwriting guideline and have two months of bank statements ready from any account you are using to qualify for your mortgage. Look over your bank statements ahead of time. If you had transferred money from another bank account be able to provide two months of statements from that account as well. If the funds were deposited as a business gain, then be prepared to show that this was company revenue that led to the large deposit.
Finally, self employed borrowers need to be mindful of what their credit score is. Many self employed borrowers, especially in startups, must leverage debt where they can in order to grow their company. Even if you pay all your bills on time, you may be at your credit capacity. Which can gradually begin lowering your credit score. A good loan officer can usually advise you on what to do in order to help raise your score in a short period of time.
My name is Drew Raney with Northeast Financial. We specialize in self employed mortgages and will work with you every step of the way. The pre-approval process is not difficult, and we are always available to answer any questions you may have.
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