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BANK STATEMENT MORTGAGE FOR SELF EMPLOYMENT

Updated: Jan 13

A bank statement mortgage can be helpful if you’re self-employed, and large tax deductions make your income look much smaller than it really is.









Is a bank statement mortgage right for you?


By looking at bank statements to determine your cash flow, lenders can qualify you based on your ‘real’ income — rather than the reduced amount they might see listed on your tax returns.


You might be interested in a bank statement mortgage if you’re a business owner, freelancer, contractor, seasonal, or gig worker. If so, here’s what you should know.


What is a bank statement on a mortgage program?


A Bank Statements Mortgage allows you to verify your income with your mortgage application using documented bank statements instead of tax forms. Conventional mortgages use tax returns, W2s and pay stubs to verify monthly income. The higher the monthly income, the lower the debt-to-income ratio (DTI), and a lower DTI can justify a higher loan amount. However, submitting traditional employment documents is impossible for people who do not have a full-time employer. Instead, home loan applicants can opt for a bank statement program.


Using personal statements to get a mortgage instead of a W2 can be a good loan option if:


  • You don’t have traditional tax documents to verify your total income

  • You have tax documents, but due to write-offs, your income looks smaller than it really is



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How to get a mortgage if you are self-employed or a freelancer/ Gig worker?


So if you are self-employed or have a side gig. You have good credit and a financial record. But you're having trouble getting a mortgage because you don't have traditional W2 cards to prove your income. Fortunately, a bank statement mortgage program can be the perfect

solution.



How Lenders Determine Your Income


When you buy or finance a home, there are specific steps you must take.


One step requires you to document your income. This includes savings, retirement, investment balances and debt.


This can be difficult for self employment mortgage applicants. These people often have income and business expenses that are difficult to prove.


For example, a self-employed borrower may earn $7,000 per month. But after the business deduction, only $5,000 of income per month can be documented on their tax forms.

This can reduce their home buying budget by over $150,000.


Example

Documented monthly income

$7,000

​$5,000

Qualified monthly mortgage payment

$2,020

$1,300

Qualified home buying budget

$443,900

$285,700

How much down payment is required for a bank statement mortgage?


Since they’re non-conventional loans, your lender may require a higher down payment, such as 10 or 20 percent. Lenders may want to see a higher credit score than the 620 conventional loans usually require. In this sense, bank statement loans resemble jumbo

loans.



Do bank statement loans work for refinancing?


Yes, bank statement loan programs work for refinance loans, including cash-out refinances for borrowers who have enough home equity to meet lending requirements.



Current mortgage and refinance rates


Accurate as of 01/12/2023.






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