Combining Credit for Home Purchase?

Here’s the situation. My boyfriend and I aren’t married yet, but we are looking for houses together very soon. After doing some loan calculators online, we finally went to a mortgage lender and got pre-qualified. Alone – I qualify for $ 140,000. But that’s not really enough for the market we are in and what we need for our families. We’ve been told he can be on the deed but not the loan. So here’s the question, if we got married, what would happen to our combined credit scores? Would they combine them? Would it hurt me at that point? Our combined incomes would put us where we need to be but would the banks even care?

Thank you in advance for your help. This whole process can be so stressful!!!

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