Different types of guarantor mortgage
Published 16th August 2017
There are two main types of guarantor, whole loan guarantors and shortfall guarantors. Every lender is different in the criteria needed for mortgages with guarantors; most require the guarantor to afford the whole of the loan, with a select few just requiring the guarantor to afford the shortfall.
Whole loan guarantor:
This is the most common guarantor criteria. With lenders aiming to reduce the risk involved for themselves, most require the guarantor to accept responsibility by providing cover for the whole of the mortgage. This means that the parent guarantor would have to be able to prove they can afford the entirety of the loan. If a borrower requires a mortgage of 140k but can only prove to afford 110k, the guarantor would still need to have ample income to cover the whole 140k. This may not be possible for some guarantors, especially as the lender will also take into account any other outgoings such as their own mortgages and other credit commitments.
Rare, but a possibility with some lenders, shortfall guarantor mortgages only require the guarantor to cover the surplus or remaining amount that the borrower can’t afford. For example, if a borrower needs a mortgage of 140k, but can only afford 110k, the guarantor would have to prove that they can afford the outstanding 30k.
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