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It won't help, it will hinder. If you are named on the mortgage with your brother then you become jointly and severally liable for the it. This means that you will be responsible for the mortgage repayments and the lender could pursue either or both of you for any debts owing.
This liability would be taken in to account by a lender in determining whether you have sufficient income to repay the mortgage you propose to take out with them, it is another burden on your finances.
You need to go and speak directly to the high street lenders about a mortgage offer. They will typically lend about 4 times your salary if you have a 10% of the property purchase price deposit available.
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Having a buy to let still means that you are responsible for the repyaments, if the tenant defaults or you are unable to rent it out then you will still have to pay and therefore it is still taken in to account,
It certainly does not increase your chances of getting a separate mortgage on your own. trust this clarifies, if so please click accept. I will continue to answer your follow up questions.
If he cannot receive a mortgage offer from any of the lenders in his sole name and cannot find anyone else to co-mortgage with then there is little he can do I'm afraid.
The alternative is to sell the property, forcing it with an order for sale from Court if she refuses to consent to the sale, and buy somewhere cheaper with a smaller mortgage.
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