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employment history for mortgage

Posted on: 11th Apr, 2006 04:43 pm

I will be on six months of employment when I apply for the mortgage. This is my first job. Will it be sufficient to get a mortgage loan?

With other factors satisfactory, some lenders may not ask for your job history.
Posted on: 11th Apr, 2006 04:47 pm

A lot of other factors like your credit scores are considered to approve you for a loan. Also they will check if there is any negative mark on your credit report.

In general the lenders prefer to see 2 years of employment history in the same field for their borrowers.
Posted on: 11th Apr, 2006 04:52 pm

Most lenders would like to see you working for 2 years with the same employer or at least in the same field.

The reason is that more stable is your income, more stable is your ability to repay. This reduces the risk of the lender. Lenders will also verify your income through W-2 statements or tax returns for the past two years.

So, may be you need to wait for the time being. You can keep maintaining your score during the period. Check with different lenders to see somebody agrees to grant in your favor.

Posted on: 11th Apr, 2006 05:00 pm

Two years stable employment is the general minimum required for full-document mortgage financing.

6 months on your "first job" is generally not enough time to allow for mortgage financing ... unless this employment is post-college where you gained the employment as a result of your recently acquired college education.

Of course there are mortgage loan programs that don't even require proof of employment if your credit is good enough and you have a substantial down-payment ... so the best way to get a qualified answer to your question is to make application with a reputable/recommended mortgage broker with experience in lending to people with similar situations as your own.

Best of Luck!
Posted on: 12th Apr, 2006 03:29 pm

I agree with Bill, 6 months employment history is not enough to convince a lender. But all is not depended on employment history. If you have good credit score many lenders may be willing to give you loan. Its important for you to shop around well.

Posted on: 12th Apr, 2006 07:18 pm
what is first lien,amortisation and collateral?
Posted on: 11th Jun, 2007 06:27 am
Hi Asif,

Welcome to Mortgagefit discussion board.

When you take a mortgage a lien is recorded in property records and until the mortgage is paid off this lien remains on the property. If the house is sold the holder of first lien is entitled to receive payment and only after his lien is satisfied any other lien holders get paid out of the proceeds. Learn more...

Collateral is the assets (your house) which is used to secure the mortgage. It is an assurance for the mortgage company that they will be able to recover their dues by selling the house if you were to default on payments. Learn more...

Amortization is the periodic payment amount calculated which will result in full pay off at the end of a fixed period of time including all accumulated interest on the mortgage. Basically a loan repayment plan or schedule. Learn more...

Do let me know if you have any other questions.

Posted on: 11th Jun, 2007 03:33 pm
As other posters have alluded to, the majority of conventional lenders would require 2 years employment for consideration.

That being said, you would be ruled out for FIVA, FISA, SIVA & SISA, 6 & 12 month bankstatement and other similar low doc loan programs.

Despite this obstacle, this by no means rules you out of homeownership---you could consider a NINA loan program (one that doesn't require disclosure or verification of income/assets/employment)...

With a mid FICO => 700 and 10% down, you could potentially qualify for a 90% Alt A NINA program...


Scott Miller
Posted on: 13th Jun, 2007 01:10 am
Hey scott, fifa and fisa?? what loans are these?does one need special criteria to qualify for these. Any info would be great.
Posted on: 13th Jun, 2007 04:21 am
If you are coming out of college or re-entering the workforce after taking time off for having a baby etc........FHA is a viable option.
Posted on: 13th Jun, 2007 06:41 am
FIFA and FISA are acronyms for certain documentation requirements---FIFA stands for "full income/full assets" otherwise known as FULL DOC and FISA stands for "full income/stated assets".

I would need to know much more in order to determine eligibility/qualification.


Scott Miller
Posted on: 13th Jun, 2007 04:26 pm

would fha be better than fifa and fisa?
Posted on: 14th Jun, 2007 12:25 am

FIFA & FISA are loan documentation requirement types not loan types...

FHA would be a great program, but employment guidelines are similar to conventional (2 years)---however manual underwriting and compensating factors] allows for some 'wiggle' room in this area.

With only 6 months on the job and no prior work history, compensating factors would need to be compelling at best.


Scott Miller
Posted on: 14th Jun, 2007 12:36 am
what can be taken as compensating factor scott?
Posted on: 14th Jun, 2007 05:20 pm
Normally you can call it some kind of positive being used to offset a negative point in your mortgage qualifying.

Lets for example, a buyer is short on qualifying for $1300 monthly payment that will be required on the mortgage.

But the buyer has been making timely rent payments of the same amount for say past 2 years, it can be considered by lender that buyer is capable of making the mortgage payments and qualify the buyer.

Posted on: 14th Jun, 2007 05:25 pm
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