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Obtaining an employment letter for your mortgage

Speed up your mortgage application by making sure your lender has everything they need, including a proof of employment letter.

What is a proof of employment letter?

An employment letter for mortgage purposes is a document provided by your employer that confirms your current employment status and income. Most lenders verify income as a part of their due diligence processes before extending a mortgage, line of credit, lease or loan.

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Why do I need an employment letter for my mortgage?

Lenders must do their due diligence before extending a mortgage to a borrower. One of the details they verify is the borrower’s employment status and income because lack of steady, reliable income means the odds of the borrower defaulting on the mortgage is greater.

Verification of employment and income is normally completed using a confirmation of employment letter from the borrower’s employer. You can usually obtain an employment letter for mortgage purposes by requesting one from your human resources department or supervisor.

By gathering all of the documents you need before you apply for a mortgage, you will speed up the application process. A confirmation of employment letter for a bank or another lender can take time. The sooner you start the process, the quicker you can secure your mortgage.

What should be included in an employment letter?

It’s a good idea to check with your lender to find out if they have any specific requirements. The letter will generally need to include:

  • Employer information. Most lenders require your employment letter to be issued on an official company letterhead that contains the company’s name, address, logo and contact details.
  • Employment status. The letter should contain information about your employment status, including how many hours you work, your job title and how long you’ve been employed.
  • Financial information. The letter should state whether you’re paid hourly or you’re on a salary, how much you make, your payment cycle and if you get bonuses.
  • Date and signature. Make sure the letter is dated and signed by a representative of the employer.

Will all lenders require a letter to verify employment?

No, but most lenders will require some sort of verification, whether that’s from a letter of employment, notice of assessment from the CRA, pay stubs or bank statements. If a letter isn’t requested by the lender, they may call or email your employer instead. Alternatively, the lender might give you a form for your employer to complete on your behalf.

Bottom line

Most lenders want to verify your employment as a part of their due diligence. This can involve getting a letter from your employer, having your employer fill out a form or having your lender call or email your employer. Some lenders might skip this process and instead ask for proof of employment via notice of assessments, pay stubs and bank statements. Whichever option they choose, the process is generally pretty simple, but it helps to be prepared.

If you’re just getting started with researching the mortgage process, you can learn more in our guide here.

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