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BFS (Business for Self)

Business-for-self is mortgage lender lingo for “self-employed.”

Canadian mortgage default insurers and lenders each have their own specialized BFS programs. These programs often allow self-employed borrowers to qualify for a mortgage without the typical documentation requirements of a salaried individual. This is done to allow flexibility for BFS applicants who may have business deductions or other circumstances that make their income hard to qualify.

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Robert McLister is one of Canada’s best-known mortgage experts. A mortgage columnist for The Globe and Mail, interest rate analyst and editor of MortgageLogic.news, Rob has been covering Canada's mortgage market since 2007.

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