Thursday, December 29, 2005

Mortgage for Self-Employed, Business for Self or Commissioned?

Mortgages are tough to qualify for when you are self-employed or commissioned. Even with a good credit history, getting a mortgage from a major bank is sometimes frustrating.
Over 20% of Canadian income earners are self employed, business for self or are 100% commissioned. With this large of a segment of the population working for themselves you would think the mortgage banks in Canada would be a little more accommodating.

Well they have! Finally.

Most people in business write off expenses before declaring their income. That's the advantage of being in business for yourself. You pay income tax on a lesser amount but when you need to prove income for a mortgage approval, your tax returns make it look like your income is low and you can't afford the mortgage you deserve.
Qualifying for a Low Documentation Mortgage is easier than you think. You can purchase a new property or re-finance your existing home up to 90% of its appraised value. The lender bases their mortgage approval on your good credit history instead of your net income.
Requirements for a low document mortgage:
A clean credit history with no slow payments, collections, judgments or bankruptcies
Proof of self employed status for the last 2 to 3 years through Incorporation papers, GST returns or business registration papers
Property must be located near a major urban centre
The last 3 years Notice of Assessment (NOA) from Canada Revenue Agency to prove no tax owing
If your credit score is low you may be required to provide the last 12 months of bank statements to show regular deposits to prove your 'stated income'
We regularly deal with equity mortgage lenders and sub-prime mortgage lenders. We work with unique situations everyday, give us a call first!

Contact us today about a Low Doc or No Income Mortgage!

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