How hard is it to get a mortgage when you are self employed?

Asked by rodriguez9233, Chicago, IL Sun Apr 7, 2013

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Sam Sharp, Mortgage Broker Or Lender, Chicago, IL
Sun Apr 7, 2013
It's no different than obtaining a mortgage for a salaried employee. In both cases you must qualify from an income and asset perspective - as long as you work with a loan officer who is knowledgable and has experience with self employed individuals then there should be no issues. I would be happy to help if you would like a free Pre approval.
Sam Sharp
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opondomusa, , 10020
Mon Apr 15, 2013
The requirement for getting a mortgage for self employed persons may be more stringent, but that doesn't mean it should be a difficult process.All you need to know is what the lenders will be looking at and prepare in advance.
For instance lenders want to establish that the borrower can sustain a mortgage over time. Accordingly, lenders are likely to require at least 2 years of the most recent tax returns as well as financial statements, and possibly a quarterly profit loss statement. In their assessment of finances, lenders will typically require an overall debt- to-income ratio of 41% or less.
When it comes to credit scores, a score above 740, for example, can greatly enhance a self-employed applicant's chances for approval. For self-employed applicants, the secret to success is to prepare in advance. Here is more on what you can do, to increase your chances for success:…
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JIM Michaels, Agent, Chicago, IL
Wed Apr 10, 2013
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Curly Sue, , Texas
Wed Apr 10, 2013
It's not hard at all if you have an acceptable credit score, net income high enough for a loan and have been self employed for at least two years.
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Riccardo War…, Agent, Bolingbrook, IL
Wed Apr 10, 2013
I have 2 words for you. "Adjusted Gross".

First off, you need to be self employed a full 2 years. THEN, the lender is going to look at your adjusted gross income.... Basically, what did you make after profit and loss. (There are a few tweaks to that as well). For instance.... If you made 100k.... but took 75k in losses..... Then the income is 25k. That is the income the lender is going to use. Again, that is a pretty simple way to put it.. Give us a call I will get you with one of our best Loan Officers to help you out.

Sean Cochran
Quality Mortgage Lending
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Joanna Weiss, , Chicago, IL
Tue Apr 9, 2013
I work with many self employed borrowers. I would be happy to help you secure a mortgage. Your tax returns will show the income that you generate. We are looking at the net income, after your business deductions. Usually we need 2 years of tax returns to verify the income. We do have some special programs that might work for you. Joanna Weiss 773-327-3580 NMLS 230092
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Gene Mundt, Mortgage Broker Or Lender, New Lenox, IL
Tue Apr 9, 2013
rodriguez9233: Without more detailed information regarding your self-employment, it is hard to give an answer to your question. Much of the information provided here is sound, but no one will be able to provide a definitive no or yes answer, until they talk to you and gain more detailed info. Until then, it's all speculative.
Should you wish to talk and get your questions answered, please contact me via the link below. I'll be happy to provide the assistance you seek ...
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Patty Harris…, Mortgage Broker Or Lender, Naperville, IL
Mon Apr 8, 2013


I am a local mortgage broker and would be happy to help you get pre-qualified. We work with over 30 lenders to help you get the best possible financing. We specialize in FHA, VA, and conventional financing. With self-employeed customers we do require 2 years personal and business returns so that we can average your income. SMC carries an A+ Better Business Bureau Rating and we have worked in the community for over 15 years!

Please call or email me so we can set aside some time to get you prequalified; or visit my website to complete the application

I look forward to working with you!

Best regards,

Patty Harrison
Smart Mortgage Centers
630-478-2684 /
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Helen Mandel, , Chicago, IL
Mon Apr 8, 2013
It depends on how long you have been self employed and what income you declare on tax returns.
Generaly lenders require a two year employment history and two years of tax returns.
I recommend David Radke at Standard Bank. You can reach him at (312)806-9309.
He is very knowledgable and patient.
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Annette Law…, Agent, Palm Harbor, FL
Mon Apr 8, 2013
You will find many, many lenders are incapable of granting a home loan for anyone without a W-2 or a giant mountain of cash to put down. This is one of the byproducts of giving those 'too big to fails' 900 Billion dollars of your money!
Do not let your shadow cross the threshold of those banks.
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Choose the bank that appeals to you and make an appointment.

Best of success to you,
Annette Lawrence, Broker/Assoicate
Remax Relatec Group
Palm Harbor, FL
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Trevor Curran, Mortgage Broker Or Lender, Great Neck, NY
Mon Apr 8, 2013
Good morning rodriguez9233,

The best way to get your question answered is to meet with a Local Mortgage Banker to get prequalified for mortgage financing. The Mortgage Banker will review all facets of your loan request to answer your questions with regards to the types of loans and maximum loan amounts you could qualify for.

Typically for self-employed lenders require a minimum of 2 years self-employment and will use the most recent 2 years income tax returns to qualify using the net income after expenses. That having been said, many Lenders in this conservative lending environment want to see a person is self-employed for three years.

Your Mortgage Banker can guide you accordingly.

Trevor Curran
NMLS #40140

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Manuel Brown, Agent, Chicago, IL
Mon Apr 8, 2013
Dear Home Buy,

Sam Sharp is an excellent Illinois based mortgage lender. Very knowledgeable and first rate customer service.
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Philip Sencer, Agent, Chicago, IL
Sun Apr 7, 2013
It can be a bit more difficult, but there are lots of potential factors. Just ask a few lenders. My web site has some references.
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Ian Halpin, Agent, Chicago, IL
Sun Apr 7, 2013
No problem if you have a sufficient down payment, enough income history, and a good credit score.
Talk to a mortgage broker and get the correct answers from them.
Good luck.

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Edith Karoli…, Agent, Winnetka, IL
Sun Apr 7, 2013
If you have enough down payment for the property in question, and if you have income proof for several years, that you are self employed and making a regular substantial income, a lender will evaluate your
income, your credit and all other of your expenses (credit cards, auto loans etc.) and then make a decision to give you a loan, and for how much and the loan amount they would grant you based on
all those facts. Your very best way would be to sit down with a local reputable lender- put all the details in front of them, bring your tax returns from several years and let them know about all your other expenses as mentioned above...

And see what they are willing to allow you to borrow etc.

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