Changing jobs may offer more perks – higher income, greater fulfilment, and the opportunity for growth are often things people look for with new employment. But could it impact your mortgage application?

The 1st quarter of each year is typically prime time for people considering switching jobs – the Christmas holiday period is in the rear-view mirror and a new year of possibilities lies ahead.

In fact new LinkedIn research shows 59% of workers are thinking about leaving their job in 2023, with more than half saying they’re confident of finding something better.

Coincidentally, 2023 could also be a good time to start considering your next property purchase, with house prices reaching a record decline of -8.40% in January from the May 2022 peak.

So could a job change impact your mortgage application? The short answer is it could.

But how much of an impact it has depends on a few factors.

Can you still land a mortgage?

Employment histories with frequent job changes over short timeframes can raise lenders’ eyebrows.

But even with a rock-solid employment profile, lenders may view a fresh job change as an added risk.

Lenders love to see stability. Staying in a job and building up your employment and financial profile will improve your mortgage approval chances.

A new job is less stable than one you’ve been in for a long time. There could be probation periods for both you and your employer to see if the role fits.

But you still may be able to land a mortgage with a new job.

Some job changes are low risk, with possibly minor effects on your mortgage application.

And some are high-risk and may result in delays and more hoops to jump through.

Low-impact changes

A change most lenders consider less risky is switching to a permanent, salaried role in your current industry.

This is because you have a proven record of holding employment in this field and have the promise of a steady paycheck streaming into your bank account.

Typically, lenders want to see at least two to three of your most recent payslips. Some may require you to have your new job for at least three months.

So provided you have a good financial profile, meet the requirements, and don’t have an unstable employment history, you may experience minimal impact.

But ultimately this depends on the lender and the loan.

High-impact changes

Considering a complete career overhaul, starting a business, or switching to casual, contract, or freelance work?

These are exciting changes that may result in more fulfilment, flexibility and money, if the stars align.

But while opportunity is on the cards, so too is risk – as far as lenders are concerned.

This is because sometimes to enter a new industry you must accept lower-paying roles. Or because it can take some time to thrive in a new industry or business.

Similarly, casual work (and similar) often has higher pay rates. But part of this is to offset the lack of benefits you may receive, such as job security, severance pay and sick leave.

Suffice to say, all these types of job changes may make the mortgage application process more difficult.

However, there could be lenders who will consider your application if your financial profile is good, and your previous employment history is stable.

Lenders may want to see more than the typical two to three payslips. Some may also require you to be employed in your new role for at least three to six months.

And self-employed applicants typically need to show at least a year’s worth of business income records.

These added requirements may result in a need to delay applying for a mortgage for a little while.

This is where a lending specialist can be a great asset for you. Not only do they have access to a wide range of home loan solutions for employed, contract, casual or self-employed people, but they also understand credit. This means your loan application can be made with a lender who supports your income position.

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Switching up your employment and landing a mortgage can be tricky. But having a helping hand can make the process easier.

Our lending specialists can you help you access home loan options away from mainstream lenders. This means you have more chance of securing the home you want.

So if both a career change and a new property are on the cards for you in 2023, give us a call today.

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This article is prepared based on general information. It does not take into account individual financial objectives or needs and is not financial product advice.