What is the self-employed mortgage program?
The Self-Employed Mortgage program is a program under which Self-Employed homeowners and home buyers can apply for a Mortgage. Also known as Bank statement Mortgage program, borrowers can qualify for this program using their business bank statements as income.
A Self-Employed Mortgage can be used by the borrower as a First Mortgage to Purchase or Refinance a home or as a Second or Third Mortgage in order to Consolidate Debt or to pay for travel/educational expenses, Home Renovations and many other expenses.
Self-Employed Mortgage In Ontario For Home Buyers
Borrowers seeking a Mortgage under the Self-Employed Mortgage scheme need to provide their Financial Business Bank deposit Statements for the last 3 to 6 months. These Bank statements will be annualized by the Mortgage Broker/lender and used for income confirmation. Under this program, a minimum down payment of at least 20% or more is required in order to purchase a home.
The Self-Employed Mortgage can also be used by the borrower to Refinance his/her home. Here also the business Bank statements for the last 3 to 6 months need to be provided to the lender. The lender will annualize these bank statements and use them to calculate the annual income of the borrower. The maximum loan to value (LTV) for Self-Employed Refinancing is 80%.
Self-Employed Mortgage Rates In Ontario
The Self-Employed Mortgage rates for Purchasing a home or Refinancing start from 3.59%. Factors including credit score and debt servicing ratios (GDS) and (TDS) are considered by the lenders to determine the rate of interest.
A Self-Employed Mortgage lender might require the following documents for qualification:
- Income Tax returns for the past 1 or 2 years.
- Statements outlining Business Finances
- Copy of the business license or articles of incorporation
- Any contracts demonstrating future income
- Notice of Assessment from CRA as proof that personal Taxes are being paid
- Proof that HST and/or GST is paid in full
- Personal Bank statements showing additional income going into the borrowers account from other sources
- Credit check if required
- Proof that you are a principal owner/resident of the business/home
- Have a down payment available of at least 20%
If you’re Self-Employed individual and thinking about buying a house, you’ll need to jump through a few extra hoops, but it is possible. Gather all of your financial documents before getting started, and engage the services of a Mortgage Broker who can guide you through the entire process of your Mortgage loan.
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