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Applying for a mortgage when you are self-employed can have you jumping through more hoops, but it does not need to deter you from getting into the property market. Here are 4 tips to help you apply for a mortgage like a boss. 

Being your own boss does have its advantages: the flexibility of setting your own hours, building your own business to represent your values, having someone else get you a coffee… but when it comes to home loans, you may have more to prove than the average applicant. 

Lenders may view you as a little more risky. That is because, in their eyes, you may not have a steady paycheck to make those all-important repayments. But being self-employed does not need to stop you from getting your slide of the great Australian dream. Planning ahead and knowing what lenders generally look for could give you an edge when it comes to mortgage application success. 

Get your finances in order

As a self-employed applicant, having rock-solid finances is important. Even if your business is booming, most lenders will see you as more of a risk for defaulting. That is because self-employed incomes can be less consistent. 

Lenders want to know if the likelihood of making regular payments is high. To mitigate risk, loan options available to you may have a lower loan-to-value ratio (meaning you may need a higher deposit) and/or have a higher interest rate. 

To prepare to apply, consider getting your finances in check by:

Gather your documents

It is important to keep your business and personal finance documents up to date. For verification of income, many lenders need two years’ worth of lodged business and personal tax returns. 

It is a great idea to tell your accountant in advance that you are planning on applying for a home loan. That is because some of the financial wizardry they apply to lower your tax bill might work against your application and lower your borrowing capacity. Also, keep in mind that business owners who do lots of “cash jobs” can find it harder to obtain a home loan because they have less income to show for their work. 

On top of running your credit score, some lenders may want statements from loans and credit cards for proof you can make regular repayments. They may also want to see verification of assets such as any property, savings, and investments. 

Some lenders may want to see everything when applying for a loan and some may need less. Some offer low-doc loans if you don’t have extensive documentation, but they may come with higher interest rates or the need to pay lenders mortgage insurance (or both). 

Exactly what documents are required depends on the lender and the type of loan. 

Choose your lender wisely

Not all lenders are comfortable providing self-employed loans for the reasons mentioned above. And every time you apply for a home loan your credit history is “pinged”. The more this occurs, the more of a red flag this may pose to lenders. 

So, targeting lenders that have a track record of approving self-employed loans might be a wise move. 

Having a reputable mortgage professional on your side may be helpful here. 

Get in touch with us today

Just as you will want to give your accountant plenty of notice, so too will you want to reach out to a mortgage broker sooner rather than later. That is because we can help you work out your borrowing capacity and provide you with other tips that you can start working on that may eventually help make your application more attractive to lenders. 

If you are self-employed and think you will be seeking a home loan in 2024, get in touch today! 

Phone: 1300 855 022

Zippy Financial is an award-winning mortgage brokerage specialising in home loans, property investment, commercial lending, and vehicle & asset finance. Whether you are looking to buy your first home, refinance or build your property investment portfolio, the team at Zippy Financial can help find and secure the right loan for you and your business.

About the Author:   

Louisa Sanghera is an award-winning mortgage broker and Director at Zippy Financial. Louisa founded Zippy Financial with the goal of helping clients grow their wealth through smart property and business financing. Louisa utilises her expert financial knowledge, vision for exceptional customer service and passion for property to help her clients achieve their lifestyle and financial goals. Louisa is an experienced speaker, financial commentator, mortgage broker industry representative and small business advocate.   

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Louisa Sanghera is a Credit Representative (437236) of Mortgage Specialists Pty Ltd (Australian Credit Licence No. 387025).

Disclaimer:This article contains information that is general in nature. It does not take into account the objectives, financial situation or needs of any particular person. You need to consider your financial situation and needs before making any decisions based on this information. This article is not to be used in place of professional advice, whether business, health or financial. 

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