Self-Employed Income Qualification For Mortgage Loans


Self-Employed Income Qualification For Mortgage Loans

This Article On Self-Employed Income Qualification For Mortgage Loans Was UPDATED And PUBLISHED On August 7th, 2019

Self Employed Income Qualification
Gustan Cho Associates
Being your own boss comes with many perks.
  • You get to set your own schedule, you make the rules, you decide how you are going to run your business
  • But the most appealing benefit to being self-employed is the tax break that comes along with being a business owner
  • You can take deductions for business use of your home, automobile expenses, including automobile lease payments, utilities, advertising, supplies………the list goes on and on
  • Most small business owners try to take as many deductions as possible so that their tax bill is smaller

In this article, we will cover and discuss Self-Employed Income Qualification For Mortgage Loans.

Stated Income Loans

what are the Stated Income Loans

Stated income loans are a thing of the past and were very common with self-employed income qualification.
  • Many borrowers inflated their income and were not required to verify the amount of income that they claimed
  • Lenders are required to verify all income to satisfy the requirement to verify a borrower’s ability to repay a mortgage debt
  • Reviewing self-employment income is very tricky for a lender because it is difficult to verify.


what are the BUT?

What you don’t want to know when you are house shopping takes so many deductions that your income looks very low on your income tax returns.
Here is a perfect example:
  • Schedule C, Profit, and Loss, of your 2017 federal income tax return shows gross receipts of $100,000
  • However, your Schedule C expenses are $80,000
  • This means that you only earned $20,000 for the year
  • This is the income that the lender will use to qualify you and calculate your debt to income ratio for a loan approval
  • So while it may seem beneficial to claim higher deductions for tax purposes, your purchasing power will be impacted by your limited income on paper

Grossing Up Income

what are the Grossing Up Income


If you are self-employed, your income will be grossed up, meaning that payments for items like health insurance premiums and payments to a retirement account will be added to your monthly income.
  • Keep in mind that depreciation, amortization, and other non-tangible expenses (what you actually did not pay out of pocket) will also be added back to net income)
  • Schedule 2106 is unreimbursed employee expenses for items like clothing, or materials for work such as tools or equipment
  • Any expenses listed here will be deducted from net income

What Lenders Are Looking For?

What Lenders Are Looking For?

A lender will need to see two years of 1099 income in order to qualify the income as a stable monthly income.
  • Some special circumstances will allow one year of self-employment history
  • For example, if the borrower, prior to becoming self-employed worked in the same industry and the pay was equivalent, the income may be considered stable
  • Additionally, some loan programs may allow one year of self-employment with an automated approval
  • Some lenders may take a percentage of assets into consideration, such as liquidation values of retirement accounts, and add this to your annual income to qualify for a mortgage
  • A borrower with less than one year of self-employment income will find it very difficult to get a mortgage loan

Solutions For Self Employed Borrowers

what are the Solutions For Self Employed Borrowers

A motivated lender will search for many avenues and offer a multitude of solutions for a borrower with limited self-employment income.
  • Gustan Cho Associates now offers 12 months bank statement loans for self-employed borrowers
  • No income tax are required
  • No maximum loan limits. 24 months bank statement deposits are averaged and that monthly average is used as borrowers monthly income
  • 10% to 20% down payment
  • Mortgage rates depend on down payment and credit scores
  • Amount of down payment depends on borrowers credit scores
  • No private mortgage insurance is required

About The Author Of Self-Employed Income Qualification For Mortgage Loans

Who is the Alex Carlucci?

Alex Carlucci is a senior vice president for Gustan Cho Associates. Alex is also a contributing associate editor and writer for Gustan Cho Associates Mortgage And Real Estate Information Center. 

  • Alex is a producing licensed mortgage loan originator for Gustan Cho Associates
  • Alex is based in our corporate headquarters in Lombard, Illinois and works closely with Gustan Cho
  • Alex Carlucci is an expert in originating FHA, VA, and Conventional Loans with no lender overlays
  • Unlike other mortgage lenders, Gustan Cho Associates Mortgage Group just goes off the automated findings of the Automated Underwriting System

As long as the borrower can meet the conditions of the AUS Findings, they can rest assured that their loan will close. Minimum credit scores to qualify for a California 3.5% down payment FHA Loan is 580 FICO credit scores. Outstanding collection accounts and charge off accounts do not have to paid off to qualify for an FHA Loan with Gustan Cho Associates at Loan Cabin Inc. Maximum back end debt to income ratios can be as high as 56.9% DTI for borrowers with at least a 620 FICO credit score.

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