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Can I Add a Cosigner to My Loan

June 22, 20232 min read

Can I add a Co-Signer to My Mortgage Application?

If you are looking to purchase a home and one or more of the following items is a factor, adding a co-signer on the mortgage loan application may be recommended: 

Insufficient Credit-

Lenders may perceive you as a higher-risk borrower if you have a limited credit history. A co-signer with a stronger credit profile can enhance your chances of loan approval.

Employment History- 

Lenders also consider your employment stability and history. If you have recently changed jobs or have a limited employment history, a co-signer with a more established employment record can strengthen your application.

Debt-to-Income Ratio- 

Lenders calculate your debt-to-income ratio (DTI) to assess your ability to manage monthly mortgage payments and other debts. If your DTI is too high, a co-signer with lower debt obligations can help improve your overall ratio and increase your chances of loan approval.

To add a co-signer to a mortgage loan application, there are several steps you typically need 

to follow:

Gather necessary information-

The co-signer will need to provide financial information and documentation similar to what you provided during the mortgage application process. This typically includes income, employment history, credit history, and assets. 

Complete the application-

The co-signer will need to complete the mortgage loan application, either jointly with you or separately as a co-signer. This application will include their personal and financial details and must provide all the necessary supporting documentation the lender will require.

Approval process-

The lender will review the application, along with the co-signers financial information and credit history, to determine whether to approve the addition of the co-signer. 

It's important to note that adding a co-signer to a mortgage loan application does not guarantee approval. The lender will assess the combined qualifications of both the primary borrower and the co-signer to make a decision.

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