Co-Signing Loans Arlington VA

If you have good credit, you may be asked to co-sign for a loan in Arlington at some point. Perhaps your child needs to borrow money to buy her own car but has never had any credit in her name. Or maybe your cousin is recently divorced and needs to borrow money to make a new start.

Lisa Kirchenbauer
Omega Wealth Management, LLC
(703) 387-0919
200 North Glebe Road, Suite 812
Arlington, VA
Expertises
Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Advising Entrepreneurs, Women's Financial Planning Issues, Ongoing Investment Management
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Jeffrey Zures
Sanchez & Zures, LLC
(703) 349-0330
700 12th Street, NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC
Expertises
Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Ongoing Investment Management, College/Education Planning, Middle Income Client Needs, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Tax Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CPA

Thomas Conway
Connemara Fee Only Planning, LLC
(301) 998-6595
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW - 7th Floor
Washington, DC
Expertises
Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Investment Advice without Ongoing Management, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, JD

Marjorie Burnett
MAB Financial Planning
(703) 528-3205
2739 N. Radford Street
Arlington, VA
Expertises
Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Investment Advice without Ongoing Management, Middle Income Client Needs, Women's Financial Planning Issues, Tax Planning, Cash Flow/Budgets/Credit Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CPA, JD

Carolyn Walder
Lifetime Wealth Planning and Management LLC
(703) 519-1254
211 North Union Street, Suite 100
Alexandria, VA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Financial Issues Between Generations, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Women's Financial Planning Issues, Retirement Plan Investment Advice
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Claire Emory
Clarity Financial Planning
(703) 465-5116
1655 Fort Myer Drive, Suite 700
Arlington, VA
Expertises
Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Middle Income Client Needs, Women's Financial Planning Issues, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Ongoing Investment Management
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFA, CFP®, MA, MBA

Paul Cocozza
Cocozza Financial Planning, Ltd.
(703) 276-1243
3400 21st Avenue North
Arlington, VA
Expertises
Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Ongoing Investment Management, Cash Flow/Budgets/Credit Issues, Tax Planning, Real Estate Investments
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CPA

Scott Walker
Alexandria Financial Associates, LLC
(703) 671-5959
4900 Seminary Road, Suite 105
Alexandria, VA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Tax Planning, College/Education Planning, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFA, CFP®

James Ludwick
MainStreet Financial Planning, Inc.
(202) 448-9032
1425 K St. NW, Suite 350
Washington, DC
Expertises
Cash Flow/Budgets/Credit Issues, Middle Income Client Needs, Real Estate Investments, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Planning Issues for Unmarried & Same-Sex Couples
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Mark Helm
Helm Financial Advisors, LLC
(703) 501-8531
712 W. Broad Street
Falls Church, VA
Expertises
Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Ongoing Investment Management, Tax Planning, Middle Income Client Needs, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, EA

Co-Signing Loans

co sign loansFor those with flawed or non-existent credit records, it can be quite difficult to borrow money. In many cases, the only way for them to do so is to obtain a co-signer. This allows the lender the opportunity to collect from someone with a better credit record if the borrower defaults.

If you have good credit, you may be asked to co-sign for a loan at some point. Perhaps your child needs to borrow money to buy her own car but has never had any credit in her name. Or maybe your cousin is recently divorced and needs to borrow money to make a new start. Whatever the reason may be, it’s important to know the potential consequences of co-signing for a loan before you go through with it.

Co-signing subjects you to a number of risks, including the following:

  • If the borrower misses payments, your credit could be adversely affected. Even though you’re not the one making the payments, you’re still on the hook for them. And in most cases, the lender is not required to notify a co-signer of missed payments. Your credit rating could be taking a nosedive through no fault of your own and without your knowledge.

  • The lender is not required to attempt to collect the debt from the borrower before going after the co-signer. The bills and late notices may come to the borrower, but if there is a default, the co-signer may be the one who starts receiving calls from a collection agency. Lenders know that they are more likely to receive payment from someone with good credit, so use their resources to pursue the co-signer rather than going after someone who is less likely to pay up.

  • Co-signing for a loan can prevent you from borrowing money for yourself. Even if the borrower makes every payment on time, the outstanding balance is displayed on your credit report. This raises your debt-to-income ratio, and could result in denial of credit when you need it.

  • If the borrower fails to repay his debt and you can’t pay it for him, you could lose your property. The lender could take any collateral that you put up for the loan and sell it. Even if property obtained with the loan is repossessed, you could still be liable for the difference between the selling price and the amount owed. If you don’t pay, the lender may be able to put a lien on your home or garnish your wages.

  • Co-signing a loan for anyone is risky business. Lenders require a co-signer because they do not believe that the borrower will repay the loan, and in many cases, they’re right. Before you sign on the dotted line, think about the ramifications. You might be helping someone you care about in the short term, but it could seriously damage your relationship (and your credit record) in the long term.

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