How to Add a Name to a Mortgage Title

how to add a name to a mortgage

The property title and mortgage are separate documents that require your signature.

Items you will need

  • Quitclaim deed form
  • Credit reports
  • Loan application Financial documentation

Quitclaim Deed

Step 1

Use a quitclaim deed to transfer part ownership of the property to another individual. You can get a copy of the form from an office supply store or the county recorder's office. Some county clerk offices allow you to download the form online. The information a quitclaim deed form requires varies by county and state.

Step 2

Sign the deed in the presence of a notary public. The next step is to record the deed in the county clerk's office in the county where the property is located. This makes it a matter of public record. The fee for recording a deed varies.

Loan/Mortgage Documents

Step 1

Check your credit. Any borrowers who sign the new mortgage contract must have a good credit history to qualify. Request your free annual credit reports from the nation’s three leading credit-reporting agencies: Experian, Equifax and TransUnion. Examine each for mistakes. Dispute any errors you find.

Step 2

Shop for a lower interest rate before refinancing the loan. Crunch the numbers to determine what it will cost you to refinance as well as the benefits of taking out a shorter- or longer-term loan.

Step 3

Apply for a refinance loan. Since you'll be creating a new contract with the lender, this gives you the opportunity to add a co-owner’s name to

the mortgage. If you're approved for a loan, you and the co-borrower must sign a mortgage or deed of trust at closing, agreeing to the lender putting a lien on the property. The mortgage document also explains the lender’s legal rights if you default on the loan.

Step 4

Provide documentation such as pay stubs and W-2 forms as proof of employment. Give the lender copies of your tax returns and a profit-loss statement for the past two or three years if you or the co-borrower is self-employed. Lenders look for stable income when determining your ability to repay the loan.

Step 5

Use an online home value calculator to get a general idea of the value of your home. Divide the balance you still owe on your existing mortgage loan by the home’s appraised value to arrive at the loan-to-value ratio. For conventional loans, you need an LTV of 80 percent or less before a lender qualifies you and a co-borrower for a home refinance loan.

Sign the mortgage note, also known as the promissory note, at closing. The note states that you and the co-borrower named are responsible for repaying the mortgage loan. It outlines the terms of the loan and describes the actions the lender can take if you don’t make your loan payments on time.

Review and sign the mortgage contract or deed of trust at closing. While many borrowers think the mortgage contract is the loan, it’s a separate legal document you sign that puts up the property as collateral to secure the loan.


Category: Credit

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