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I am a co-signer and now want to buy my first home. i have some general questions.

I cosigned for my brother and his wife on their home purchase in 2017. I've paid off my college debt and now ready to buy my 1st house. Can I still get approved for first time buyer programs? by snunez668 from Spokane, Washington. Apr 18th 2019 Reply


Christopher Stancato (Kyle Stancato)
#5 ranked lender in Washington - 63 contributions

There are several programs that are available for down payment assistance as well as low down payment options. Please feel free to call for any mortgage advice or to discuss your specific further-Kyle Stancato 253-460-6000

Apr 18th 2019
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Dave Skow (daveskow)
#1 ranked lender in Washington - 281 contributions

If your brother and sister in law have made all the payments for their home and if you can provide either 12 months for their cancelled checks or their bank statements to validate this fact - we should be able to exclude this mortgage debt from your qualification ratios ./..otherwise - you may have an issue with their mortgage complicating your qualification ratios ......regarding special first time home buyers programs : 1) there really aren't many of these programs that exist anymore and 2) you likely will not qualify for these programs since you are on the loan and I assume the title of the property ....fyi - there are some great loan programs allowing as little as 3% down payment requirement ...feel free to call or email if you want more info ..thanks Dave Skow | Loan OfficerNMLS 278613(206) 714-9745Dave.skow@movement.com

Apr 18th 2019
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William J Acres (William_Acres)
#73 ranked lender in Arizona - 8,726 contributions

Since you already have a mortgage in your name, you would be disqualified for any first time buyers programs.. However, much more info would be needed to say whether or not specifically, you can be approved.. But in general.. so long as you meet all eligibility requirements and have sufficient income to service your debt including the new housing payment, then yes... you can buy. Understand that you wont qualify for the lower down payment since you already have a mortgage in your name.. FHA requires 3.5% down.. and conventional (non-first time home buyers) will need 5% down. If the debt to income ratio is tight, then if you can prove your brother has made the last 12 payments on his own and on time, then that debt can be removed from your ratios for some programs. I'm a preferred Lender with California and Arizona being my primary markets. If you or someone you know is looking for financing options, feel free to contact me or pass along my information. 480-287-5714 WilliamAcres.com NMLS# 226347 / LendUS, NMLS 1938/ AZMB0121893

Apr 19th 2019
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Dave Skow (daveskow)
#1 ranked lender in Washington - 281 contributions

how is the pre approval process going ?

May 2nd 2019
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