Most times if you decide to go in for a mortgage loan, you would know how much to borrow by looking at your income level. In fact, mortgage lenders place strong emphasize on a borrower’s loan to income ratio when assessing that borrower for mortgage loan.
It helps them to prevent a situation where the borrower would be offered a loan that would prove too expensive for the person to repay.
However, this option may not always be to the interest of some borrowers who may want to borrow more money than their income can support. Some homeowners try to get around the system by opting for joint mortgage plans. The borrower could hold a joint mortgage with a spouse, sibling or friend. In this case, the income levels of the two people would be enough to support a large mortgage loan.
It is unfortunate to note that some people with joint mortgages have found themselves in serious financial distress after the death of the other borrower. This is because, once the other borrower dies, the responsibility of repaying the loan is shifted onto the surviving borrower. Since the loan was contracted using the combined income levels of both borrowers, it becomes very expensive for just one person to settle the monthly mortgage bill.
Most borrowers who have found themselves in this sort of uncomfortable situation have many a time gone through unimaginable hardships simply because they did not know what to do to ease off the financial stress.
The first option available to homeowners in this kind of situation is to try paying off the mortgage loan or at least part of it using the estate of the dead borrower (especially if the surviving borrower is the spouse of the dead person). This option takes time as the dead person’s assets would have to be declared and the will read before this action can be taken. This is suitable in a situation where the other borrower is not at risk of immediate financial hardship.
The second option that can be taken involves the surviving borrower applying for mortgage modification. Mortgage modification will help lower the monthly mortgage bill so that the surviving borrower can continue to make mortgage payments.
There is also the chance to refinance the mortgage; if the decision to modify the terms of the mortgage agreement is rejected by the lender. Borrowers can enhance their chances of getting mortgage refinance by paying off some amount of the original loan. The best part about opting to refinance the loan is that, the borrower can choose to work with a new lender. That is, if the person has not been impressed with the performance of the old mortgage lender.