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It depends on how dependable the relative is, but generally it is *incredibly* risky. If your relative can't make the payments for some reason, then you are responsible for paying that mortgage. If you don't pay, then it will show up on your credit report, and that can hurt you financially. Plus, if the house goes into default or sells for less than you owe, the mortgage company can ask for a judgment against you, and you will hav to pay the difference. It is just as risky as buying a house for yourself, with fewer benefits.

However, if your relative is a responsible person that you trust, then it is a very nice thing to do. If your relative makes the payments on time and works up his or her credit, then he or she might be able to refinance the home without you having to co-sign in the future. ... But they might have the option of buying a house now without your signature, just a smaller house.

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Can someone co sign a mortgage if they have filed bankruptcy?

no


Im separated and my name is not on the mortgage. do i have to pay it?

No. If you didn't co-sign the mortgage then you have no obligation to pay it.


Can a spouse's income be used on a mortgage loan if she is not a co-borrower?

No, you can't use your spouse's income on a mortgage loan if she isn't going to "sign" it as a co-borrower. Only the incomes of those who sign for the loan are considered.


Can a relative that lives out of country co sign for a car?

A relative that lives out of the country cannot co-sign for a car loan. Financial institutions require a signer and co-signer to be a US citizen or a US permanent resident with green card.


If you are on a promissary note but not on the deed do you sign the mortgage?

If you are not on the deed then you don't own the property. If you don't own the property then you should not promise to pay the mortgage. A co-signer on a mortgage and promissory note is completely responsible for paying the mortgage. If the primary mortgagor (who in this case is the owner of the property) defaults on the mortgage the lender will go after the co-signer of the note for payment. A default will ruin your credit. If someone has asked you to sign their note and mortgage then you should require they execute a new deed with you as the co-owner of the property.


Can you co sign for a house you already own?

If two people own property and apply for a mortgage they must each sign and they would be called co-signers or co-borrowers. If you are the sole owner you are not called a co-signer. In that case you are simply the mortgagor.


Does a co-borrower on a loan who isn't an owner of the property need to sign the mortgage as well?

No. A non-owner should NEVER sign a mortgage. A person who has no interest in the real estate should have no interest in promising to be responsible for the mortgage debt. If someone who does not own the property signs the mortgage they are promising to pay for property they do not own. If the primary borrower defaults, the bank will go after the co-signer.


If you are a co-owner of real property did not sign the mortgage and it's foreclosed can you be held responsible for a deficiency judgment?

If you did not sign the mortgage then you have no obligations relating to it. You are not responsible for any deficiency. If you owned the property at the time the mortgage was executed by a co-owner, the lender cannot foreclose on your interest at all. If you received your interest by deed after the mortgage was executed the lender can take possession of the property and you will be dispossessed of your interest.


What if your name was on the mortgage application and the note but didn't make it onto the mortgage which was in the name of the co-owner only. can you get out of paying that debt?

You could not be approved for a mortgage because your credit was too poor and you needed a co-signer. Your co-signer was wise enough to arrange that the title be in his name also. You signed the mortgage application and the note. Through inadvertence and error the bank didn't have you sign the mortgage. It has enough evidence to "reform" the mortgage in court. You are responsible for paying the debt.


You are on the title not the mortgage what are your rights?

If you own an interest in the property and didn't sign the mortgage then your interest isn't covered by the mortgage. Assuming only the co-owner signed a mortgage, in the case of a default the bank could only foreclose on their interest, not yours.


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