8/1/23 – Gap of Employment

8/1/23 – Gap of Employment

President | Loan Officer
Mike Meena
Published on August 1, 2023

8/1/23 – Gap of Employment

I just wanted to clarify a few misunderstood guidelines relevant to this market today. FHA loan guidelines state that previous history in the current position is optional. However, we must document two years of prior employment, schooling, or military service and explain any gaps. You can have a gap in employment for an FHA loan, but you must have been fully employed for six months before the FHA case number is issued for your mortgage.

Do you know if I said before the case number is issued? This means you can order an appraisal at the 6-month employment mark.


On a conventional loan, they want to see the continuity of stable income. We generally define that as 90 days on the job in a full-time position. We will look at previous employment and ensure the job aligns with others. We have to look out for an employee that works at Trader Joe’s for 13 years as a checker and then leaves and becomes a manager of a Law Office. They go from making $60,0000 to $120,000.00 at the Law Office, then something starts to stink, and we look deeper.


The job change does not have to be in the same industry, but you will look at whether that person is qualified for that pay increase or if it is BS to get them qualified. Remember that a gap in employment is not the end of the world.


Wow, interest rates have taken a hit the past couple of days! We even had weaker data pop up today, which is usually good for interest rates.

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