Does it really help to have a cosigner for your loan?

May 26th, 2010

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Does it really help to have a cosigner for your loan? Some people think that getting a cosigner on a mortgage loan is a cure-all, and will automatically make someone qualify for the loan they seek. This is not so.

First, the cosigners will need to be scrutinized for their own income and debt load, and the qualifying numbers and debt ratios will still need to make sense. For example, if you have a cosigner that has a large mortgage of their own, two car loans, credit card debt, and student loans, I would doubt that their income is going to help in any cosigning situation. In other words, people seem to think that a cosigning obligation stops at just putting their name on some documents. The actuality is that when you cosign a loan the bank and underwriter will take into account all of your financial information, and expect you to make payments if the primary occupants that needs cosigning help cannot.

I wrote a blog about the pros and cons of cosigning a loan. As long as the primary occupants makes their mortgage payments, it is not a hindrance at all to the cosigner.

As with everything in the mortgage world, you need to speak to an experienced and qualified professional, before making any assumptions about writing an offer based on what you think you can qualify for in the way of a mortgage loan.

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Brian Martucci is a loan officer for Capital Bank Home Loans, a division of Capital Bank, N.A. He has been in the mortgage industry since 1986 and has served in a number of roles, including loan processor, loan officer, mortgage broker, branch manager, and vice president. Brian Martucci – NMLS# 185421. His opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions and beliefs of Capital Bank Home Loans or Capital Bank. Capital Bank, N.A.- NMLS# 401599. Click here for the Capital Bank, N.A. “Privacy Policy”.

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