Can Mortgage Refi Add Borrower - Expired Rate Lock
by Jodi in Sacramento, CA, Amy in Miami, FL, and Candace in Balto, MD
Ask Kate about refinance vs loan assumption to add a borrower to the mortgage and how to get lower interest rates before lock agreements expire: Jodi is on the title with her husband to their rental property. But he is the only borrower on the financing. She's perplexed by the bank's resistance to add her to the mortgage.
(Continued...) Amy's bank mailed her new paperwork for re-locking, without disclosing whether or not lower mortgage rates were available. She asks me how she can make an informed decision prior to signing.
Candace does not think she will qualify to refinance her HAMP mortgage after the divorce yet she must remove her ex-spouse's name from the mortgage. (This question and answer is found below in the comment section.)
Refinancing Income Property to Add Borrower's Name By Jodi from Sacramento, CA
I am on the deed of my husband's and my income property but my husband is the only borrower on the mortgage.
I have not been making the mortgage payment from my bank account, but from our joint account.
My loan officer is telling me that I cannot refinance the income property without my husband on the refi because the mortgage payments weren't made from my personal account.
I qualify otherwise. I am perplexed.
Ask Kate answers: Refinancing Income Property to Add Borrower's Name
If you were asking for a joint mortgage to be refinanced individually in your name, it would be one thing. In fact, to prepare for divorce, many couples refinance to remove a spouse's name while dividing assets and liabilities.
But it's complicated when a homeowner (such as you), who is on title but not the promissory note, tries to refinance a property. The problem is this... The asset (house) belongs to you but you are not obligated on the note (mortgage).
Inquire Into Loan Assumption
However, since you otherwise qualify for the house payment, I suggest going back to the servicer of the lender who holds the note and ask if they'd allow you to assume the mortgage since you are an owner of the home.
Be sure to ask loan servicing about the entire cost including
title charges for simultaneously removing your husband's name and adding yours.
Think About Refinancing Jointly
Alternately, have you considered refinancing with
your husband? Doing it this way, the refinance would result in both of you holding title and co-borrowing on the mortgage.
Prepare to Refinance Your Mortgage
Or as a last resort, ask the lender if they would refinance the home solely in your name after the mortgage payments have been paid from your personal account for six months.
The Difference Between Owning and Owing
The difference between holding title and borrowing on a mortgage is more than a technicality. All homeowners should know the difference between owning and owing so they do not inadvertently give away ownership of their home. Learn more at How to Sell Your House Safely - Title vs Mortgage
Mortgage Rate Lock Expiration with HARP Refinance By Amy from Miami, FL
I am in the middle of refinancing through my actual lender with the HARP program.
Back in December I locked the interest to their offer of 4.5%. Now, that lock period is almost to expire, and I know that the rates are actually lower than that.
My lender has send me new papers to re-lock at the same previous rates, without giving me the explanation or opportunity of knowing that I may obtain a better rate.
I have not signed those papers yet because I would like to know what is the actual rate today.
What could I do in order to be sure and informed about my decision prior to sign?
Ask Kate answers: Mortgage Rate Lock Expiration with HARP Refinance
Infuriating isn't it? Besides HAMP and HARP, I get the most pleas for help from frustrated borrowers regarding interest rate locks, especially following volatility in the after financial markets.
The first thing to do is pull out your mortgage interest rate lock agreement
. Keep in mind, lenders are allowed to set their own rules on locking, re-locking, and lock expirations. But the lock agreement which details the lender's complete policy must be given in writing
to the borrower.
Refer to Your Written Mortgage Rate Lock Agreement
If indeed you did sign such a disclosure, it will tell you not only company policies but the rate at which you locked and its expiration date. It will also include instructions for re-locking and extending a lock.
Learn to Get Rate Lock Answers While Shopping for Lenders
Some companies are more generous than others when it comes to re-locking and extending rates before they expire. So borrowers need to equip themselves to question loan originators before deciding on a lender.
Click on this link for questions to help you dig deeper for details while comparison shopping... Questions to Ask Before Locking In a Mortgage Rate
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