Homebuyer’s tax savings plan foiled

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Q: I recently got into contract to buy a foreclosed home. I put $35,000 down, and the closing is in a couple of days. The first day I hired my title attorney I mentioned to her that I wanted my mother to be on the deed in order to get the taxes reduced. Now, the lawyer is telling me that I have to wait until after the closing, do a new title search under my Mom's name, and pay the attorney again to include my Mom on the deed. I feel like it's too late to stop everything now -- what did I do wrong? A: It used to be the case that you couldn't put a co-owner who was not also a co-borrower on title during the course of a purchase transaction. As an outgrowth of the foreclosure crisis, however, most lenders now recognize that many buyers/borrowers would simply put their parent or spouse on title after closing, which caused the lenders lots of problems when they wanted to foreclose on properties co-owned by a borrower and a nonborrower. As a result, many lenders will now allow a ...