C anada’s workforce is changing! Self-employed people represent a ever-growing proportion of the Canadian workforce. To help accommodate for this shift in population, mortgage lenders and insurers have released product enhancements in order to respond to this reality by making it easier for more self-employed borrowers to obtain mortgage loan insurance. These programs not only allow for lower required down payments, but also allow self-employed borrowers to benefit from competitive interest rates.
The more “traditional” circumstances where borrowers are self-employed or commissioned salespersons who can provide traditional documentation to reinforce their income levels have been and will continue to be available. These newer programs help even more self-employed borrowers realize their dream of home ownership by making mortgage loan insurance available for borrowers who have difficulty obtaining third-party validation of their income through traditional forms of documentation.