The Best Way for the Self-Employed to Get a Mortgage: The Bank Statement Program

According to the Pew Research Center, the number of self-employed individuals in the United States increased 17.6% from the second quarter of 2020 to the second quarter of 2021.

While the number of self-employed individuals is increasing, there still lies a difficulty for them:  getting a traditional home loan.

Let us provide you with an alternative: the bank statement mortgage loan.

Why is it so challenging for the self-employed to get a traditional loan?

Many mortgage lenders need to confirm your income before they'll approve you for a home loan. They usually verify this by looking at W2 tax forms.

That can be a problem if you work for yourself. Business owners, freelancers, contractors, and seasonal or gig workers often do not have the tax forms needed for a traditional mortgage.

In this case, self-employed individuals may be eligible for a bank statement mortgage.

What is a bank statement mortgage?

A bank statement mortgage provides alternate methods to confirm the income reported on a mortgage application. This specific program allows you to use documented bank deposits instead of tax documents.

  • Using personal bank statements to qualify for a mortgage instead of W2s might be a good loan option if:
  • You don’t have traditional tax documents to verify your total income or
  • If you work for yourself or own a business.

How do I start the process for the bank statement program?

Now that you know the benefits of the bank statement program, the next question is: How do I start the process?

With Gulf Coast Bank & Trust, we offer mortgage loans for the self-employed!  With our bank statement program, it offers:

  • Primary, second, and investment homes (You can choose Single Family, PUD, 2-4 Units, Townhouses, and Condos)
  • Loan amounts up to $3 million
  • Fixed rate term loan options

For eligibility, you would need these options to qualify:

  • 12 or 24-month business or personal bank statements demonstrating regular monthly deposits, or 1 or 2 years of 1099s
  • A 2-year history of self-employment (a CPA letter and P&L sheets are acceptable as well)

Learn More About the Bank Statement Program Here

Take The Next Step

Talking to a lender to start the bank statement program can help you with your goals, whether for a home.

Find a lender near you to discuss the Bank Statement Program!