|What are the guidelines for co-borrowers and co-signers?|
|Co- borrowers take title to the property and are obligated on the mortgage note and must also sign the security instrument. The co-borrower’s income, assets, liabilities, and credit history are considered in determining creditworthiness.
Co-signers do not hold ownership interest in a property, but are liable for repaying the obligation and must sign all documents with the exception of the security instruments. The co-signers income, assets, liabilities, and credit history are considered in determining creditworthiness for the mortgage and the co-signer must complete and sign the loan application.
The following conditions also apply to co-borrower and co-signer eligibility:
1. A co-borrower or a co-signer may not be a party that has a financial interest in the transaction, such as the seller, builder, real estate agent, etc. Exceptions may be granted if the seller and co-borrower/co-signer is related to the owner by blood, marriage or law.
2. An individual signing the loan application must not be otherwise ineligible for participation.
3. Unless otherwise exempted (e.g., military service with overseas assignments, U.S. citizens living abroad), any non-occupying co-borrowers or co-signers must have a principal residence in the United States. All references to co-borrowers – including the 75 percent LTV limits etc. – apply equally to co-signers (except co-signers do not take title to the property or sign the security instruments).
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