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Recent Changes Making it Easier to Get a Mortgage When Self-Employed

You’ve spent a lot of time building your business, and making a living doing something you absolutely love, but it can be frustrating when it comes to financing and credit when you’re self-employed. Working for yourself means sometimes there’s a large variance in income, and that can make creditors a little hesitant to give you the financing you’re looking for. There have been some recent changes put in place by CMHC to make it a little easier to purchase a home when you’re self-employed.Recent Changes Making it Easier to Get a Mortgage When Self-Employed

 

Appropriate Documentation

CMHC has given a broader range of documents considered acceptable when a self-employed person is applying for a mortgage. These documents satisfy the income and employment requirements, and gives the lender some insight into your historical earnings. As of October 1, 2018 those who are self-employed can use a notice of assessment plus a T1 General Tax form, a proof of income statement from CRA and a T2125 to prove your earnings from your business.

New Business, and Young Self-Employed People

CMHC is taking strides so that lenders can be a little more flexible with those who are self-employed. The biggest change is that CMHC will work with mortgage borrowers who have been operating their business for less than two years. This change will help those who are just starting out with their business, and younger people who are looking to purchase a home where income statements and proof of income can be difficult to get together.

Mortgage Insurance for Self-Employed People

Previously it was fairly difficult for those who are self-employed to qualify for a mortgage where they needed mortgage insurance. For borrowers who have less than 20% of the purchase price of a down payment, they are required to obtain mortgage insurance from organizations like CMHC, Genworth or Canada Guaranty. Those who were self-employed for less than two years wouldn’t have previously qualified to purchase a home without at least 20% down.

This particular change – to the requirements for a down payment – is only currently available with CMHC whereas Genworth and Canada Guaranty still require a person to be self-employed for at least two years.

More Liberal Proof of Income

With the regulations becoming a little more flexible, it allows for lenders to work with those who are self-employed and be a little more liberal with the proof of income they can accept. This means more people who are self-employed will be able to work with lenders to prove the success of their business and be able to purchase a home.

When you’re just starting out with your business, you know you’re busy and you’re working hard to be as successful as possible. If you don’t have years of tax returns and income statements to prove you’re successful it may feel hopeless for you to be able to purchase a home for yourself, but lenders do now have a lot more flexibility so they can work with you to get you a mortgage and you’ll be buying a house in no time!

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