My husband is the sole owner of a vacation home in Las Vegas. He inherited the house when the co-owner died. He alone has an equity credit loan on the house with no first mortgage. If he quit claims the house to me, does that make me responsible for the loan during or after his lifetime ? The reasons for quitclaiming the house to me have to do with a previous co-owners wife who and nothing to do with the loan. Whole another story. But I am just wondering...have to plan financially.
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The equity line is attached to the house; nothing he can do can remove it.
While quitclaiming to you wouldn't put you on the hook, you would still lose it for non-payment if you didn't make the payments (similarly, if there were missing payments, you could cure in a chapter 13).
Also, if there is a "due on sale" clause, transferring it could trigger the *entire* loan being immediately due.
You should have a lawyer review the paperwork before doing anything.
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a HELOC can be a "first mortgage" - the term "first" simply refers to the priority of the lien.
If the home is deeded to you, you would not become responsible for the mortgage. BUT - the transfer of ownership to you almost certainly violates the mortgage and would allow the mortgage company to accelerate the loan to require immediate repayment in full. Further, although you are no personally liable for the loan, you could still lose the property in a foreclosure if the loan is not paid.
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