As mortgage lenders, one question we are often asked is whether or not you can refinance a home mortgage into just one person’s name. There are some cases where you may want to have your mortgage debt in one name only. This can be done, but it will depend upon a couple of things:
In most cases, it will require that the person who is taking the debt into their name be able to qualify for it on the basis of their credit score and income alone. The refinance, however, is secured by the property, so this isn’t quite as hard as you may think. In most cases, one member of a married couple will be able to do this without any difficulty.
What About the Title?
You should still be able to leave the title in both names, even if the refinancing is only done under one name. The refinancing is just a loan and it’s used to pay off the first mortgage. This should only affect the financing, not the actual ownership of the house from a legal standpoint.
How Do We Do It?
NOLA Lending will help you fill out all the paperwork for the refinance and get you started on the process. Changing from one name to two will usually just be a matter of letting your lender know that this is something you want to do. Beyond that, the process won’t be any different than applying for any other form of refinancing.
Before getting started though, we will check the new borrower’s credit, so that aspect of applying for the loan will not change. The only difference will be that the paperwork will contain one name rather than two and that the refinancing will be done completely against one person’s credit and income. If that person happens to have excellent credit, it may be worth it to remove someone else from the application and to have it written against the name of the person who has the better credit. The loan is secured, of course, but credit still does play a part.