Self-Employed? What You Need to Know if Financing a Home

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska

They make it tougher for the self employed to finance a home these days!


The more in advance that guidance from a Lender is sought and the resulting actions begin, the better ... and the more easily and quickly you will successfully navigate your mortgage process ...  Thank you  


Be ready and prepared once you find the home you are looking for!! Call me to help you find your lender and your HOME!





What You Need to Know if Financing a Home


As of June 11, 2020, changes in the processing of SELF-EMPLOYED borrowers have been implemented by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac ...


The financial impact meted out by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Uncertainty has befallen many businesses and resulted in a disruption of normal underwriting and lending procedures. 

Many business owners have been/are/will be affected by "fallout" from the COVID-19 virus.  Social distancing, self-isolation(s), and stay-at-home orders have all been put into place as a result of the dangers of the pandemic.  

The Mortgage Industry is one of those that have been affected by the pandemic.  Newly-announced changes have gone into effect as a result of current events.  

Some of those changes that have taken place in mortgage underwriting involve or include:

  • Income Verifications:  Self-Employed borrowers' incomes are typically verified using the most recent two years of income tax filings.  In many instances, as a result of the pandemic, those incomes do not show a current or year-to-date accounting
  • Underwriting:  Mortgage Underwriters need to understand the "true picture" of a Self-Employed borrower's income and expenses BEFORE the next Tax Filing.  That information will need to be generated and documented in what is known as a Profit and Loss Statement (P&L)
  • Previously just recommended:  Now Profit and Loss Statements will be required for Mortgage Underwriting to review and approve loans for all Self-Employed(s) from the Application Dates of June  11, 2020, and after, until further notice  
  • Audited or self-generated Profit and Loss Statements: Borrowers will be required to provide self-generated/and signed Profit and Loss Statements to the current period in 2020.  (P&L must not be older than 60 days old, as of the note date)  


     These Statements must include info/reports regarding:
  • Expenses
  • Net Income (Including the most recent month preceding the date of Loan Application
  • 2 business depository account(s) statements (no older than the latest 2 months represented on the year-to-date Profit and Loss Statement)
  • Business Revenue
*  Until further notice, the above will be required on all Conventional Loan applications.
Mortgage Lenders will require that borrowers provide their 2 most recent bank account statements for review.  
These statements must support and/or not conflict with the info provided by the borrower in their current year-to-date Profit and Loss Statement.
Should supporting information be found lacking in some manner:  The Mortgage Lender is required to obtain additional statements or other documentation that will support the information provided from the current year-to-date Profit and Loss Statement.
The above can seem a bit complicated and confusing.  But the message (and my advice) to all Self-Employed considering a mortgage is actually straightforward and clear.
Self-Employed Borrowers are well-advised to seek out an experienced and knowledgeable Lender to discuss financing options well in advance of taking any action regarding:
  • The purchase of a home or investment property
  • The refinancing of their present home 
  • The seeking of a business or personal Line of Credit  
While this sound advice is always provided wisely, it is especially relevant in today's uncertain business environment.  By following this advice a borrower provides themself ample time to document your business revenues/activities thoroughly and to the best advantage as they pertain to application for financing.  
Think of it as "staging" or positioning yourself for loan application ...
The more in advance that guidance from a Lender is sought and the resulting actions begin, the better ... and the more easily and quickly you will successfully navigate your mortgage process ...
* Are you dreaming of buying or refinancing a home or Investment Property in New Lenox - Will County - Chicagoland - IL or WI?
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, Debra Leisek great selection for a reblog....and if I were in your area, I'd call you for guidance with everything that's real estate related.... always deal with a professional, and I prefer to deal with the best...that's why I'd be calling you.

Jun 19, 2020 02:43 AM #1
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Debra. The best way for the self employed to understand is to seek the advice of a mortgage broker at the beginning of their search. The very beginning. Enjoy your day!

Jun 19, 2020 05:16 AM #2
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

I am so glad that you emphasized the importance of obtaining advice EARLY in the process, Debra Leisek ... thank you so much.  Your sharing of this post is greatly appreciated ...


Jun 19, 2020 09:07 AM #3
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Debra.

Good one to re-blog, as I would have missed it, otherwise.

Jun 20, 2020 12:57 AM #4
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Great information, thanks for sharing.  I hope you have a great day.

Jun 20, 2020 02:40 AM #5
Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

Hello Barbara Todaro  Sorry it took so long to answer Summer Solstice made for a long day!!  I would sure be calling you if I was buying or selling in Franklin MA!


Hello Wayne Martin Always good to hear from you! Thank you so much!!

Jun 23, 2020 01:11 AM #6
Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

It is always a learning experience reading your post Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi 

This is very good timing for this information!

Thank you!!

Jun 23, 2020 01:15 AM #7
Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

Hello James Dray  Glad I could be of help! Genes post are always good info!! Thank you


Hello Richard Weeks  I hope all is going well for you Thank you for stopping by! 

Jun 23, 2020 01:17 AM #8
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Debra Leisek - Gene has given us so much good information.  Self employed has always been tricky for mortgages.

Jun 28, 2020 06:31 AM #9
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