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Homeownership Amid Separation: A Financial Guide for Jointly Owned Properties

Navigating the complexities of spousal separation or divorce is undoubtedly a challenging topic. The fate of a jointly owned home adds an extra layer of stress to an already emotional situation.


In the context of a legal separation where both parties are on the title of the property, specific options become available for the party intending to retain ownership. Here are some key considerations:

 

1.       Financing Request: The borrower has the option to request financing for up to 95% of the appraised value of the property.

 

2.       Buyout and Debt Settlement: The individual aiming to keep the property can explore the possibility of buying out the other party. This process can include settling debts outlined in the separation agreement. It's important to note that these debts must be explicitly addressed in the separation agreement.

 

To initiate this financing program, certain prerequisites must be met. These include having a finalized separation agreement, an Offer to Purchase, and a comprehensive appraisal, typically conducted by the insurer.

 

Having dealt with numerous clients undergoing this specific scenario and having personal experience with it, I understand the multitude of questions that arise during such times. The intertwining nature of these inquiries can make the situation even more overwhelming. Rest assured, I am here to provide guidance and support.

 

Whether you are contemplating this financing program or have other mortgage-related questions stemming from a separation or any other situation, feel free to reach out. I can be contacted via email at lisab@mortgagebrokersottawa.com or through a call or text at 613-219-0414. Your concerns are my priority, and I am here to assist you in navigating the intricacies of mortgage matters during challenging times.

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