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Self Cert Loans - Especially For The Self Employed

Aug 17, 2007
Being self employed can cause a lot of problems when trying to secure a loan. Many lenders prefer to have a lot of documentation and proof of income. Self employment is seen as risky business because the income is not guaranteed and is not often steady.

Lenders like to deal with people who have a steady income that is not likely to change. For the self employed, though, there is a special loan, called a self certification loan.

A self cert loan is ideal for the self employed. A self cert loan requires no documentation or limited documentation of income. Instead the borrower declares their income. Some lenders will want to see bank statements so they can get an idea of the borrowers income.

Like most loans that are considered risky, a self certification loan is going to be more expensive then a typical loan. The lender is going to charge higher interest and fees.

In order to help lower costs, bringing in some documentation can help the borrower. They may wish to provide any proof of their income for a one year period or longer, if they have it.

In general, lenders want proof of three years of income fro a self employed person. This may be difficult or not at all possible for some borrowers. That is where a self certification loan comes in handy.

With a self cert loan, the lender is going by the borrowers word. This alone is a risk. The lender can not be guaranteed that the borrower earns what they say they do. This is why many lenders will still ask for some type of income verification, such as bank statements or earnings statements.

Providing something to the lender to prove creditworthiness can help. Current loan payments or other regular payments, like rent, can be used as proof of reliability. Additionally, a borrower can provide whatever they have to show income, such as bank statements or eve customer documentation.

Self cert loans are best used to get started with a loan. Borrowers should look into a self certification loan as their first loan choice only if they have never borrowed before as a self employed person.

Once they have secured a loan as self employed and maintained a good payment history on such loan for about two years, they should not have difficulties getting a different type of loan later on. This can be a big money saver, since they will then qualify for more traditional loans at lower interest rates.

A self cert loan is something offered as an alternative. If a person can qualify for a different type of loan then they should, by all means, go with that loan. As mentioned, self certification loans are risky and costly.

Lenders prefer to try to find an alternative before jumping into a self certification loan. Borrowers should feel the same way, but if a self certification loan is the only option, then it is a better choice then not being able to secure a loan at all.
About the Author
James Copper likes to write on a number of different areas of real estate and mortgages. He works as a Mortgage and Loan Broker for Any Loans who source self cert loans and a secured loan for homeowners.
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