COSTA MESA, Calif., March 31, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Nine in 10 Millennials are familiar with cosigning and nearly two thirds used a cosigner in the past, according to a new survey from Experian Consumer Services. In addition, results show that Millennials look to their parents to cosign on their behalf. Three in four Millennials report they would ask their parents to cosign for them in the future, and 77 percent say their parents likely would agree. Even though they feel confident they could keep their accounts in good standing, 87 percent of respondents say they would consider how their financial actions might impact their cosigner's credit.
"In today's market, young adults will likely need a cosigner at some point and will turn to their parents for help," said Ken Chaplin, senior vice president of marketing for Experian Consumer Services. "Since the cosigner guarantees the person for whom they are cosigning will repay the debt on time and in full, it's important that both parties understand repayment expectations and communicate guidelines so they can be confident in their credit decisions."
What are they buying? Survey results indicate that two in three Millennials needed a cosigner in the past, which most often was for college loans (35 percent) or residential leases (32 percent). Other reasons Millennials need a cosigner include car loans (19 percent); legal agreements for credit cards (17 percent); car leases (11 percent); or home loans (6 percent).
How is their repayment status? Of respondents who reported having used a cosigner for a loan or a lease, the majority handle the responsibility of credit well, paying off their account in good standing or keeping it active in good standing. The net total of contracts reported in bad standing due to late payments, with missed payments or in default is 8 percent.
How do cosigners manage a bad situation? Of respondents who reported an account in bad standing:
Thirty-two percent of their cosigners made payments when the primary signer could not
Seventeen percent of their cosigners did not find out about the problems right away
Twelve percent of their cosigners' credit score was negatively affected
Seven percent of cosigners took on the debt once the primary signer faulted
Millennials Live Credit Confident Fifty-four percent of respondents admit that they would worry about negatively impacting their cosigners' credit scores. However, 91 percent expressed confidence that they could keep accounts in good standing and not affect their cosigners' credit scores negatively.
Consumers can learn more by visiting http://bit.ly/ExperianCosigner and watching the most recent commercial from Experian Consumer Services about how they can Live Credit Confident™ when cosigning.
Survey methodology The data points referenced above come from a study commissioned by ConsumerInfo.com® Inc., an Experian company, produced by research firm Edelman Berland and conducted as a national online survey among a representative sample of 1,000 adults ages 18 to 30. The interviews took place from January 24, 2014, to January 31, 2014. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.1 percent.
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