Will you require a co-signer in order to buy a home in the Tampa Bay area? Are you worried because your only willing co-signer is a non-citizen? We have the scoop about buying a home with a co-signer that currently doesn’t have United States citizenship.
No matter what, if you have a co-signer on your mortgage, they have to meet the same minimum standards that you would as the primary borrower. Lenders offering loans backed by Fannie Maw, Freddie Mac and FHA are allowed to use non-citizen co-signers if they choose to, but they must have legal residency. They must actually be a “legal resident alien.” They should be made aware that they will be financially obligated to repay the mortgage if you default, even though their name won’t be on the title of the home.
Proof of Legal Residency
You non-citizen co-signer will have to declare on the Uniform Residential Loan Application whether they are a U.S. citizen or a resident alien. If they are neither, they will not be able to co-sign. You can find this spot on the Declarations part of the Uniform Residential Loan Application listed as items J and K.
The permanent resident alien co-signer has to have a valid social security number and their green card or a TIN. The temporary resident alien co-signer can give proof in the form of an Employment Authorization Document.
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