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Investing tips for the self employed

August 5th, 2015 • No comments

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Running your own business or being self-employed is becoming more and more popular with investors and entrepreneurs alike.  I often hear the common misconception that being self-employed can be a barrier to owning property. However this is not always the case, even though there are usually extra hoops to jump through with the banks, with a bit of forward planning you can successfully secure home and investment loans.

Here are my top tips for maximising your ability to invest.

1. Supplying full financials

You need to be organised and up to date with tax returns as most lenders require the past two years worth of tax returns. This will show lenders a consistency of income. Banks want to see that the business has been maintaining a level of income that is suitable to meet their minimum servicing requirements for the loan.

By being able to provide these tax returns, means that you could potentially borrow up to 95 per cent of the property’s value. It gives the self employed person the best possible chance of having a loan application approved

2. Supplying your business activity statements (BAS)

Some lenders allow self employed applicants to apply for a home loan by providing 12 months of BAS statements.

A disadvantage of applying for a loan using your BAS statements is that you may only be able to borrow a maximum of 80 per cent of the property’s value.

3. Build up a savings history

By having a solid savings history of at least 6 months it can work in your favour for applying successfully for a property loan. By showing you can regularly save you increase your chances of passing the banks strict loan serviceability criteria.

4. Consult a home loan expert/accountant

Prior to applying for a home loan consult an investment property specialist mortgage broker – http://www.crawfordinternational.com.au/professional-services  This way you’ll have a clear idea of how much you can borrow and from which lender/s, before you even begin the process.

With their help you can establish what taxable income level you need to apply for the requested loan to confirm your borrowing power and eligibility for finance.

Keeping good records is important for self-employed people looking to buy property, so when the investment opportunity comes, you are ready to capitalise on it.

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