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A joint mortgage allows two or more people to buy a home together. You can combine your money for the mortgage deposit. All the people named on the mortgage are responsible for the repayments. Failing to keep up to repayments will mean the property can be repossessed.
Most joint mortgages are taken out by couples, whether married, unmarried or civil partners. However, two or more people, other than couples can also take out a mortgage together, for example two friends.
There are a few reasons people may apply for a joint mortgage.
Getting a joint mortgage mostly follows the same process as if you apply for a mortgage on your own. Everyone who applies needs to agree on the terms, make decisions together, fill in and sign all the relevant forms.
See how much you could borrow with our mortgage calculator, arrange a mortgage Agreement in Principle, then find your dream home. Once you’ve had an offer accepted, you can apply for a mortgage together.
When applying for a joint mortgage, you will have to decide the legal ownership of the property. How you split these can differ.
There are two options:
Normally you can borrow a lot more with a joint mortgage than if you apply on your own. The lender will look at the income of everyone who applies.
Generally, lenders may let you borrow around four times your annual income. With a joint mortgage, you might be able to borrow up to four times your combined income.
There is also the extra financial stability this offers to a lender. If one of you could technically afford the mortgage repayments alone, you might find it easier to be approved together.
A joint borrower sole proprietor mortgage is a mortgage taken out with another person who does not have any ownership of the property.
The other person is jointly responsible for the mortgage payments, but not named on the property deeds.
They must meet all the lending criteria for mortgage approval and are liable to cover any payments if you miss them.
Not all lenders offer this kind of mortgage.
Yes, getting a mortgage with friends is possible with a joint mortgage. Normally you may take out a joint mortgage with one friend, but some lenders allow up to four people to take one out. Everyone is responsible for repaying the mortgage.
There are a few things to consider if you buy a home with a friend.
There are many reasons for walking away from a joint mortgage. As a couple you may separate, or if you bought with friends one of them might move out.
The easiest way to split a joint mortgage is to sell the property and divide the money equally between you based on how much you each put in.
Transferring a joint mortgage to one person is possible, but how it works depends on your situation. To ensure it is a smooth and fair process it can help to record what everyone put in. For example, if one person paid for most of the deposit, this makes sure they are repaid the money if the home is sold.