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Choosing a Mortgage Cosigner: Who You Shouldn't Ask


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When you are looking for a mortgage cosigner, everyone you know starts running through your head as you create a list of potential people you could ask. Asking for a mortgage cosigner is not an easy task, but there are some people who you just should not ask. Take a look at the following list to make sure you are not asking the wrong people for help.

A Relative You Don't Stay in Touch With

Most people turn to family before going anywhere else to ask for a cosigner. Usually, going anywhere outside the family to ask for a cosigner is not a good idea. However, if there's a rich uncle somewhere in the family that you rarely talk to, he is probably not your best bet for a cosigner, no matter how much money he has and how perfect his credit score is. It is not very polite to call someone you have not seen or spoken to for a long time and ask for such a huge favor. Being a mortgage cosigner is a serious commitment and therefore should be taken seriously enough to only ask a small group of people close to you.

Anyone You Don't Trust

This is an extremely sensitive issue for everyone, and trust is a major part of it. If you cannot trust the person who you are asking to be your cosigner, then they are probably not someone you should ask. Also, if you cannot trust them, there is reason to believe they might not trust you. For someone to be your cosigner, they need to be able to trust that you will pay your mortgage because if you don't, they are equally responsible.

Anyone You Don't Want to Share Your Financial Situation With

If you are uncomfortable sharing your financial situation and credit score information with a person, then they should not be considered as your mortgage cosigner. The person who agrees to cosign your loan will probably want to know what your financial situation looks like, and want you to improve your credit by making payments on time so you can refinance and get their name off of the loan.

Who You Should Ask

Ask parents first. Your parents know you well enough to know the details of your job situation and can gauge your responsibility. They will know whether or not you can afford to make the payments and if you will on time. If your parents are not able to help you because of their own credit and financial issues, they may be able to help you determine other family members or friends to ask.

Remember, because a cosigner is risking their own credit and financial well being by agreeing to help you, the issue is a major one and should not be approached lightly no matter how well you know the person you are asking.