Some of the biggest commitments you can make in your life include starting and maintaining a long-term relationship with your fiancée and commit your future together. Once you make such a decision, then you’ll need a home for your family. Interestingly, there is a strong relationship between your marital status and mortgage.
Your marital status can have a direct impact on your ability to secure a mortgage. Although your marital status will not directly influence your ability to secure a home loan, it affects several financial factors that lenders will look at before they decide to approve or decline a home loan that you apply for. Below are some ways your marriage can influence financial factors which will, in turn, impact your home loan worthiness.
Being in marriage doesn’t qualify you automatically for a mortgage. However, married couples tend to enjoy flexibility when it comes to applying for a home loan. If you apply for a home loan together, then you can effectively use both of your incomes which can make a lender approve you for a higher amount. Being married also improves your debt-to-income ratio if you can sum up both of your incomes and if one of you has a little debt already, then the other partner will end up carrying a manageable debt load.
However, there is also the downside of applying for a home loan as a couple. Keep in mind that lenders mostly rely on your credit score when determining whether you qualify for a mortgage or not. Each one of you has three credit scores from each of the national bureaus. When you and your partner apply for a home loan together, then the lender will consider the minimum median credit score between yourself and your wife/husband.
For example, if you have credit score values of 730, 740, and 750 but your partner has credit score values of 650, 590, and 620 then your creditor will only look at your partner’s score of 620 when determining how much you qualify for and the loan interest rate. This same formula applies for most loans including personal loans.
As married partners, you can choose whether you want to apply for the home loan jointly or keep the mortgage in your wife/husband’s name. This type of flexibility will allow you to look at a variety of other options that a real estate broker may advise you to consider.
For instance, if your spouse’s credit score values are too low, then it may not be a good idea to apply for the mortgage jointly. On the other hand, if you don’t apply for the home loan as a couple, the creditor can’t use both your earnings when establishing the amount you qualify for.