The nature of your work can have a big impact on whether you secure a home loan.
It’s not uncommon, for instance, for home buyers to be knocked back for a loan – even by the bank they’ve always used, just because of their employment status.
This highlights how being an established customer of a bank is no guarantee that you’ll be offered a home loan.
What matters is the length of time you’ve been in your current job – the longer, the better. Here’s what you need to know.
Most lenders like to see that you’ve been in your current job for at least three months, and at a minimum, completed any probationary period. The bank may contact your boss to confirm your employment status.
Proof of employment that you’ll need to provide includes a minimum of two of your most recent, consecutive pay slips.
Permanent part-time employment
Again, you will need to have been in the job for at least three months, and provide evidence via several of your latest pay slips.
Lenders are likely to run an employment check when you work part-time, to confirm the minimum number of hours you work each week.
Casual employment can make a lender nervous purely because there is less certainty over your income.
Reflecting this, lenders typically want to see that you’ve been with your current employer for a minimum of six months.
It’s likely you’ll need to show pay slips that feature your latest year to date earnings summary. In addition, the lender may get in touch with your employer to check your employment status.
What if you’ve recently changed jobs?
The reality of today’s world of work is that we change jobs a lot more frequently than we used to. A lot of factors is taken into account during a job transition. Some of the factors lenders look at are:
Income and pay structure
Are your income levels relatively the same or higher? and is your pay structure the same? Some applicants may have had a change in pay structure. For example, you may have been a salaried employee to an hourly. Other scenarios, you may have taken up a role with a lower base pay with a commission structure.
How much are your living expenses? Be prepared to provide evidence as some lenders will ask for bank statements to ensure you are not understating your expenses.
Student loans, credit card debt, car loans etc can all impact your overall attractiveness as a mortgage borrower and your borrowing power. Lenders tend to check your credit score to assess your overall financial consistency and debt repayments.
Industry experience in your current role
A home loan applicant that has recently changed jobs in the same industry or field of expertise is safer from a lender's perspective as it demonstrates a level of certainty that you will be able to pass your probationary period.
We are here to help
If you have recently switched to a new job it doesn’t mean you have to give up on your home buying plans. But it is important to speak with your Mortgage Choice broker.
With our extensive panel of lenders, you may still be able to secure a home loan even if you haven’t yet cleared the probationary period of your new role.