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Pros and Cons of Self Employed Income

Ciarán Power

Last Updated: February 2nd, 2024 at 6:37 pm

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Introduction

Having a self-employed income can have both advantages and disadvantages when it comes to securing a mortgage. This page aims to provide a balanced overview of the benefits and challenges associated with self-employed income in the context of mortgage applications, helping you make informed decisions about your home buying journey.

Pros of Self Employed Income

Flexibility and Control: Self-employment often offers greater flexibility in your work, allowing you to control your income streams and potentially increase your earnings.

Potential for Higher Income: Many self-employed individuals have the opportunity to earn more than they would in traditional employment, depending on their business success.

Business Deductions: Self-employed individuals can benefit from business-related tax deductions, which can be advantageous for reducing taxable income and potentially improving loan eligibility.

Cons of Self Employed Income

Income Fluctuation: Self-employed income can be irregular and unpredictable, which might concern lenders about the stability of your earnings.

Complex Financial Assessments: Proving your income can be more complicated, requiring detailed financial records and potentially more scrutiny from lenders.

Potentially Higher Mortgage Rates: Due to the perceived increased risk, some lenders might offer self-employed individuals higher interest rates or less favourable terms.

Tax Complications: While business deductions can lower taxable income, this can also reduce the income shown on tax returns, which lenders use to assess mortgage affordability.

Our Thoughts

While self-employed income offers flexibility and the potential for higher earnings, it also brings challenges in the mortgage process. The key to navigating these challenges is preparation – maintaining detailed financial records and understanding how lenders view self-employed income. Get in touch with us for a free chat if you have some questions about your situation.

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