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If I need to have a co-signer, can a lender or broker require that it be my spouse?

Answer:

No. If you do not individually qualify, the creditor such as a lender or broker may request a co-signer, guarantor, endorser, or similar party.

Your spouse may function as this additional party. But a lender or broker cannot require that it be your spouse.

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