New CMHC Self Employed Program Makes It Easier For Self Employed Borrowers 2018

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”New CMHC Self Employed Program Makes It Easier For Self Employed Borrowers” font_container=”tag:h1|text_align:left” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]Earlier this month CMHC (Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation), the federal government mortgage insurance agency announced that they will make it easier for self-employed home buyers to get a mortgage. There are new changes coming to the CMHC self-employed program, making it easier for self-employed borrowers to purchase a home with an attractive mortgage from the major banks and monoline mortgage lenders.

Since the number of self-employed Canadians are growing, currently 15% of Canada’s population is comprised of self-employed people, CMHC has made such changes to make it easier for self-employed people to buy their dream home.


What Are the New CMHC Self-Employed Mortgage Rules?

In their announcement, CMHC said there are a few factors that will be considered for insurance and lending guidelines for self-employed borrowers. Some of the factors that will be considered relate to self-employed borrowers who have been in business for less than two years, which is currently the minimum requirement for self-employed borrowers.

CMHC announced some factors that they will consider for self-employed borrowers less than two years include:

  • People who buy a business that is currently established
  • Self-employed borrowers who have cash savings
  • Future potential earnings of the business
  • Past education and training

In the past, they’ve considered approving such criteria as long as there was reasonable justification of their situation.

Supporting Documents For Self-Employed Borrowers

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The CMHC Self-Employed Program will accept a wider range of documentation to support self-employed income and employment for qualifying self-employed home buyers for a mortgage.

The list of documents that will be considered for self-employed borrowers will include:

  • Notice of Assessment supported with T1 General Tax Return Form
  • Canada Revenue Agency Proof Of Income Statement
  • Form T2125 (statement of business activity or statement of professional activity)


When Will The New CMHC Rules For Self-Employed Mortgage Borrowers Come into Effect?

CMHC announced the new mortgage rules will roll out as of October 1st, 2018.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Why It’s Currently Difficult For Self Employed Borrowers To Get A Mortgage Through A Bank


Self-employed borrowers have had a difficult time getting approved for a mortgage at the major Canadian Banks, such as TD Canada Trust, Scotiabank, CIBC, Bank of Montreal, Royal Bank etc, as the mortgage guidelines require for self-employed borrowers to qualify based on the average of their last two years Notice of Assessment income tax filing, line 150 total income. For most self-employed people, this made it nearly impossible to get approved for a mortgage based on today’s home values as  self-employed business owners have expenses to operating their business, and in many cases have significant write-offs to their gross income, which brings their net income to a much lower reported income amount.

For example: A self-employed construction company who may generate $200,000 per year in business revenue, it may cost such a business approximately $130,000 to $150,000 in expenses for things such as labour, material, employees, etc. Although they may generate $200,000 in revenue, this isn’t their actual income, as there is a cost the self-employed individual has for operating their business. These expenses are write offs against their gross business revenue, making their take-home income much lower.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

How Are Self-Employed Home Buyers Currently Getting A Mortgage?

For the past few years self-employed home buyers have been turning to alternative lenders such as Home Trust Company and Equitable Bank, as they take a more common sense approach to lending. Alternative lenders don’t require the standard documentation that banks require, such as Notice of Assessment, T1 Generals, etc to qualify.

To qualify for a mortgage with an alternative lender, a self-employed home buyer or home owner would be qualified using their business bank statement history, to validate their income, and show they have sufficient cash-flow to support the mortgage payments along with their other expenses and debts reporting to their credit bureau.

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