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Is Co-Buying a Home the Right Decision for You?

Charles "Mr. Middletown"™ O'Rourke- RE/MAX FIRST CLASS - "MR. GARDEN STATE"™ & CO.



Co-buying has been popular for several years, and this is a trend that doesn’t show any signs of slowing.

With high home prices and rising mortgage rates, many buyers bring in friends and family members to make their homeownership dreams a reality. Then, they can share the home, split costs and enjoy the benefits of owning property together.

Of course, co-buying isn’t for everyone — or every situation. Are you considering buying a property with a loved one? Here are four scenarios in which co-buying may benefit you.

You need help with your credit. If you have a low credit score or late payments on your credit report, having a co-buyer with a better score could help offset the risk you present and help you qualify for a loan. It might even get you a lower interest rate.

You have low or inconsistent income. Your income plays a big role in your loan process, so if your earnings are spotty or you’re retired, it may be hard to qualify. With a co-buyer (especially one with regular wages), you have the benefit of two incomes on your application.

Your debt-to-income (DTI) ratio is high. If your DTI is too high (over 43%), then bringing in a co-buyer with a lower DTI could help you qualify for the loan — and possibly for a better rate.

You can’t afford home prices on your own. You may want a co-buyer if the down payment, closing costs and monthly mortgage payments are out of reach for you financially. You and your co-buyer can split the costs of homeownership — upfront, monthly and in the long term.

Reach out today if you’re on the hunt for a home. We can work together to get you from start to finish.

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