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How to Get a Mortgage If You’re Self-Employed


Getting self-employed loans without an employee paystub and W-2 is in fact a possibility. Find out here how to get a mortgage if you’re self-employed.

More Americans are choosing to work for themselves. About 33% of the workforce is turning away from climbing the corporate ladder in favor of career freedom.

One downside to this increased control over their professional future is that financial institutions haven’t quite kept up with this trend. This can lead to difficulty getting approval for a mortgage.

The good news is that self-employed loans are becoming more popular. Read this guide for more tips to ensure your mortgage application gets approved.

Show Stable Income

Lenders struggle to approve self-employed applicants when they can’t show they have a stable income. Without a steady inflow of money, the lender will think that there is a high chance of you defaulting.

Because a mortgage is a long term loan, the lender will want to look at your year to year trends. If you just started freelancing or working for yourself, then you may want to wait a year or two.

This will give you time to establish consistency. Track your payments through a reputable online service such as This will make it easy to gather the necessary documents.

Cash Reserve

If you don’t have a stable and consistent income, then your other option is to have a large cash reserve. This can provide the lender with the reassurance that you’ll make your monthly mortgage payment even if your workflow dries up temporarily.

Large down Payment

A larger down payment can reduce the total value of the mortgage and give assurance to the lender. The larger your down payment, the more favorable your loan terms will be.

If you have a large down payment of 30% or more, it can mitigate the weak areas of your application, such as unstable income.

Apply for Self Employed Loans for Single Family Occupancy

You have a better chance of approval if you’re purchasing a single-family home that will become your primary residence. As the borrower, you’re more likely to work hard to keep your primary residence than you will an investment or vacation property.

This means that the lender has a lower risk when lending you money. The lower the risk, the higher the chance of approval.

Good Credit

Take a look at your credit score. You need to have a credit history that shows you have a track record of making payments. You also want a good or excellent credit score.

Take some time to pay down credit cards as lenders will look at the status of your revolving credit. You should also avoid applying for new credit in other places as too many applications for new credit in a short time is a sign of instability.

Get Approved Today

By preparing your documents and getting your application in order, you have a better chance of getting approved for self-employed loans. Take a look at your work history and have a few years of income stable income history.

Then save up some money so that you have a cash reserve or large down payment.

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