Once you have signed the papers you’re every bit as responsible as the primary loan signer to make payments. To quote from the FTC’s Facts for Consumers guide “Co-signing a Loan“: “When you’re asked to co-sign, you’re being asked to take a risk that a professional lender won’t take. If the borrower met the criteria, the lender wouldn’t require a co-signer.”
The US population is aging, and as it does, older Americans want to age in their homes but need to access the equity for home improvement or other bills. Reverse mortgages were created as a way to convert a portion of an owners home equity into cash. While it is similar to a home equity loan, no monthly payment is required until the borrower no longer lives in the home as a primary residence or fails to meets the obligations of the mortgage (i.e. paying taxes). It’s important to know more about reverse mortgages in order to determine it is an option for you.