Purchasing A Home With A Friend

August 5, 2021 Posted by Andre Hemmersbach

A few times a year I have clients who are thinking about buying a property with an unmarried “significant other” or friend. The idea sounds great and does have significant benefits. It is important, however, to consider both the pros and the cons of making the decision to co-purchase a property. The major benefits of buying a house with a friend are obvious:

Pros:

  • A bigger down payment is available to purchase the property and
  • You have someone to share the mortgage and other monthly expenses or
  • Help is available with property maintenance and repair work and
  • There may be extra income to help you qualify for a larger mortgage.

And I’m sure you can come up with a few additional advantages.

Cons:

  • If your co-borrower is not financially strong or has credit issues getting a loan could be be more difficult or
  • The promissory note you sign (mortgage) is written as a joint and several liability, meaning that if your co-borrower does not or cannot pay it becomes your sole responsibility or
  • You and your partner may a have different ideas on how much to spend or how to improve the property or
  • When one partner wants to sell and the other does not, how do you resolve the issue or
  • What happens to the ownership with the untimely death of a partner.

The examples of problems that could arise are only limited to your imagination on relationship variables and are not as clear as the benefits. If things go bad, your situation could leave you with some lasting complications.

Buying a property with a partner may or may not be the best decision you ever made in purchasing a home. My advice to all clients, including couples who are going to purchase prior to getting married, is to pay an attorney a small sum of money for an agreement that spells out the terms of the partnership. This is the best investment you can make in your partnership!

Please call me for a free consultation to discuss your home financing goals.

About Andre Hemmersbach

Andre Hemmersbach has been working in the mortgage banking business for over 30 year helping people successfully finance their real estate holdings. He can be reached at (310) 540-1330 #137.

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