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Consequences to co-signing mortgage

Removing name from title won't relieve responsibility for loan
Published on May 30, 2007

Editor's note: Robert Bruss is temporarily away. The following column from Bruss' "Best of" collection first appeared Sunday, July 16, 2006. DEAR BOB: My parents divorced in 1995. The judge gave the house to my mom, but she had to either sell it or keep it and refinance the mortgage. She wanted to keep the house. But she couldn't refinance because her debt-to-income ratio was too high. So my mother gave me a quitclaim deed, signing the house over to me, and I helped her refinance with a new mortgage. Now I want to get my name off the title and put my mother back as sole owner, as she desires. If I do that and my mother dies, am I responsible for the mortgage payments although I don't hold title? What do I need to do to quitclaim the house title back to my mom? Do I need to go through a title company? --David P. DEAR DAVID: If you are now on the title alone, you can sign a quitclaim deed to your mother. However, you will still remain liable to make sure the mortgage ...

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