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So that you won’t be in the dark when it comes time to sign on the dotted lines, we shed some light on purchasing a home as a couple.
There may be some confusion as to which name (or names) should appear on the mortgage and title when a couple embarks on their new home ownership journey. The majority of couples desire a 50/50 split, signifying equal ownership of the asset, but it’s not always the wisest financial move. The legalities of who owns the house can also become complicated when there are multiple borrowers on the loan. Owning a home can have significant financial consequences for the future because a home is frequently the largest purchase a couple or a single person will make in their lifetime.
To begin with, it’s critical to understand the distinction between a mortgage and a title. A property title and a mortgage are not interchangeable terms.
A mortgage is, in essence, a commitment to repay the loan used to purchase a home. The ownership rights to the property are described by a title. Many people believe that as a couple, both names are listed as 50/50 owners on both documents, but this is not required. It might not make the most sense for you to list both names.
Making sense of mortgages
For many, mortgages are a staple of homeownership. More than seventy-six percent (76%) of American households who bought a home last year used a mortgage to do so, according to the Zillow Group Consumer Housing Trends Report 2017.
Lenders don’t average the FICO scores of two borrowers when a couple applies for a mortgage together. Instead, lenders examine each borrower’s three FICO scores from the three credit reporting agencies to determine the mid-value of each borrower. The lower score is then used for the joint loan application by lenders. If you have better credit than your co-borrower, this may be the joint mortgage’s biggest drawback.
Therefore, if you or your partner have bad credit, think about applying alone to prevent your interest rate from increasing due to that low score. However, you might only be eligible for a smaller amount of the loan if you have one income.
Consider conducting some scenario analysis with a lender before committing to co-borrowing to determine which would be more advantageous financially for you and your family.
If you determine that having only one name on the mortgage makes the most sense but are worried about losing your stake in the property, don’t be concerned. Without being on the mortgage, both names may appear on the property’s title. In general, if you want to avoid extra steps and potential hassle, it’s best to add a spouse or partner to the title of the home at closing. Given that many mortgages contain a provision requiring a mortgage to be paid in full if you want to make changes, your lender may refuse to permit you to add another person. Positively, some lenders might waive it to include a family member.
If you choose to put two names on the title but just one on the mortgage, you are both the owners.
However, the party responsible for repaying the loan is the one who signed the mortgage. The lending company won’t hold you accountable for making sure the loan is paid if you’re not on the mortgage.
Not on mortgage or title
You may find yourself in a difficult situation in terms of your homeownership rights if your name is not on the mortgage or the title. If your name is not on the title, you do not legally own the house. You have no rights to the house or any equity if the relationship ends badly.
The general rule of homeownership is to make sure that the names on the title of the home, not the mortgage, are listed first.
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Who owns the house if there are two names on title and one on the mortgage in California?
If you choose to put two names on the title but just one on the mortgage, you are both the owners. However, the party responsible for repaying the loan is the one who signed the mortgage.
What does it mean if your name is on the deed but not the mortgage?
If your name appears on the deed but not the mortgage, you are still the owner of the property but are exempt from responsibility for the mortgage loan and any associated payments. Even though only one spouse is listed on the mortgage, the lender may still foreclose on the house if you fall behind on your payments.
Can one spouse be on the mortgage but both on the title?
There is no legal requirement that both partners be listed on a mortgage. Your lender will typically exclude your spouse’s information when determining your eligibility for a loan if they aren’t listed as a co-borrower on your mortgage application. This could either be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on your spouse’s circumstance.
Can you have 2 names on a mortgage?
Although there is no legal restriction on the number of borrowers on a mortgage, your lender may have some. Keeping in mind that everyone on the loan must be able to qualify for it, keep in mind that some lenders may view a large group of names as a risk.