Co-Signing Loans Baltimore MD

If you have good credit, you may be asked to co-sign for a loan in Baltimore 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.

Kirk Kinder
Picket Fence Financial
(410) 878-2999
300 E. Lombard St.
Baltimore, MD
Expertises
Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Ongoing Investment Management, Hourly Financial Planning Services, Estate & Generational Planning Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

J. Patrick Collins
Greenspring Wealth Management, Inc.
(443) 564-4600
501 Fairmount Avenue, Suite 201
Towson, MD
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Tax Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, EA

Tom Taylor
Chesapeake Financial Advisors
(410) 823-5442
401 Washington Avenue, Suite 804
Towson, MD
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Tax Planning, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Advising Medical Professionals, Real Estate Investments
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CPA/PFS

Timothy Chase
WMS Partners
(410) 337-7575 Ext: 112
305 Washington Avenue, Suite 200
Towson, MD
Expertises
Charitable Giving - Trusts & Foundations, Insurance Related Issues, including Annuities, Alternative or Private Investments
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BA, CFP®, CLU, CPA/PFS

Drew Tignanelli
Financial Consulate, Inc.
(410) 823-7283
307 International Circle, Suite 250
Hunt Valley, MD
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Financial Issues Between Generations, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Tax Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CPA

Michael Kelly
Michael R. Kelly, CFP, EA
(410) 747-0708
1172 St. Agnes Lane
Baltimore, MD
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Tax Planning, Middle Income Client Needs, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Cash Flow/Budgets/Credit Issues, Advising Employee Benefit Plan Participants
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, EA

Martin Eby
WMS Partners
(410) 337-7575 Ext: 112
305 Washington Avenue, Suite 200
Towson, MD
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives, Estate & Generational Planning Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Nancy Bryant
Greenspring Wealth Management, Inc.
(443) 564-4600
501 Fairmount Avenue, Suite 201
Towson, MD
Expertises
Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Advising Entrepreneurs, Women's Financial Planning Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, AIF, CFP®, MBA

Thomas Milajecki
Ronald Blue & Co., LLC
(410) 891-2900
307 International Circle, Suite 410
Hunt Valley, MD
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Charitable Giving - Trusts & Foundations, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Professional Athletes or Entertainers, High Net Worth Client Needs
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, MBA

David Campaigne
Ronald Blue & Co., LLC
(410) 891-2900
307 International Circle, Suite 410
Hunt Valley, MD
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, High Net Worth Client Needs, Charitable Giving - Trusts & Foundations, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, ChFc

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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