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Self-employment accounts for a sizeable chunk of the Canadian workforce, and mortgage and financing products cater to this segment. Concerning self-employed persons seeking a mortgage, some key points to note as the process for obtaining a mortgage may differ from that of typical consumers.
Self-employed individuals, including self-employed business owners, have the option of applying for a low-rate mortgage if they have a business that has been in operation for at least two years. As well as self-employed applicants who own a full-time or part-time business, this includes corporations, partnerships, and partnerships under the sole proprietorship category.
Most lenders require T1 Generals and Revenue Canada personal tax Notices of Assessment to be attached to mortgage applications for the previous two years to qualify for a mortgage when self-employed. Suppose these documents can be provided, and the individual has a respectable income level. In that case, they should have no trouble getting access to the same mortgage products and rates available to the typical borrower.
It is certainly one of the primary benefits of working for yourself that you can write off your income for tax purposes. Getting to write off expenses reduces your tax burden, but you lose the ability to borrow money in the process. The fact that you should be aware of this is so that you can either pay less tax or have a higher borrowing capacity.
Pay tax or pile write offs, that is a question:
- If you are an independent contractor, you will inevitably fall into one of the following three categories: As long as you have the tax documents and earn enough, there is no problem with your application at the outset.
- If you don’t have enough income due to write-offs, you can provide Revenue Canada/ Revenue Quebec documents. Standard interest rates require 10% down in this scenario.
- With stated income, default insurance premiums can be higher when relying on less than a 20% down payment.
- As a result, you will need to put down 20%. You may have higher interest rates, as Revenue Canada / Revenue Quebec documents are unavailable.
For lenders to calculate a borrower’s income and confirm employment, borrowers typically submit recent pay stubs and a letter of employment. To calculate the income needed to qualify for a self-employed loan, lenders take the income from the previous two years or the most recent income if it is lower.
In addition to the standard documentation, you’ll need the following for your mortgage application.
More advice to get approval:
- A report prepared by an accountant for each of the last two years (Income Statement and Balance Sheet) – for businesses that are incorporated
- NOA (Notice of Assessment) and tax returns for two of the most recent years
- as well as bank statements for six to twelve months
- confirming HST/Source Deductions have been applied
I would love to hear from you if you’re self-employed and wondering about mortgage eligibility or if you simply have any questions for when you’re ready! I would be happy to work with you to ensure you have the necessary documentation, understand your options. I can obtain a pre-approval to help you understand how much you qualify for!
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