“Know the Implications When You Co-Sign”

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“Know the Implications When You Co-Sign”






Hi Joe! 

I had a quick question, my dad offered to co-sign for me, would it be possible for my dad (who is retired/house paid off) to either be on the loan with me as a non-occupant or a co-signer? With the goal being to be able to up the amount of loan I can take out? Or would that not mean much for me because he is retired? Just checking-thank you!!!


I am asked this question pretty often and the simple answer is yes, but it has risks for the person that is co-signing.


Of course, the intention is to assist the borrower achieve the purpose of buying a home and often that also means taking a number of risks. What if the borrower pays a payment late? What if payments are missed? What happens if the lender looks to the co-borrower for the payments? What happens if a lender starts a foreclosure action?

Now it becomes not so simple.


I always want to have a conversation with the borrower and co-signer to review the risks and make sure everyone understands the possible repercussions if something goes wrong, as sometimes it does.

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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, Joe Petrowsky co-signing is risky business.... I have never co-signed for anyone.... I'd rather give a recorded second mortgage with no payment due rather than put my credit rating on the line.... I still have one second mortgage sitting there and making 5% interest.... we're on year number 14 now....

Jun 17, 2019 03:11 AM #1
Sham Reddy CRS
H E R Realty, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH

Co-signing for anything is risky!

You always want to have a conversation with the borrower and co-signer to review the risks and make sure everyone understands the possible repercussions if something goes wrong, as sometimes it does.

Jun 17, 2019 04:09 AM #2
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Joe. It all seems so simple until the borrower falls on hard times and the co-signor learns of their reponsibilities! Enjoy your day!

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