Some clients get a bit frustrated that minimum monthly credit card payments are counted against them in their debt ratios. They feel if they pay off their credit card bills every month no payment should be counted against them. First, the underwriter can’t assume that the client pays them off every month. Second, if you are spending about $3,000 every month on your credit cards for example, assume you usually pay that amount off every month. And the minimum monthly payments are $150 a month, but you pay off the balance each time. It seems pretty fair if you are spending $3,000 a month to only count $150 a month against you in your debt ratios.
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Contingent liabilities are potential liabilities. For example, if a parent guarantees a child’s car loan, the parent has a contingent liability. If the child makes the car payments and pays off the loan, the parent will have no liability. If the child does not make the payments, the parent will have a liability. The same scenario would hold when one party co-signs a mortgage for another party. Having a liability like this show up on your credit report can count against you when qualifying for a mortgage. This is the case even if the