A larger down payment will most likely translate into little to no monthly mortgage insurance payment. However, coming up with a large down payment is an uphill task for most first-time homebuyers. Owning a home is a huge step in life, and you may find yourself seeking financial assistance for the down payment from your folks. It is possible to be gifted a portion of your down payment but there are specific guidelines to abide by.
Down Payment Gift Guidelines
In most cases, you can use a gift to cover all your down payment. If you’re applying for a FHA mortgage, the entire down payment can be a gift from a family member. The minimum down payment for a first-time home buyer FHA loan is 3.5%. The rules differ slightly when you are applying for a conventional loan like Freddie Mac or Fannie Mae.
Rules of the Down Payment Gift Letter
Generally, a form letter will be provided by your lender. You will fill out and sign the form, the following items below must be included on the letter:
- Your name
- Name and address of the person gifting you
- Relationship with the person gifting you the down payment
- Amount you’re gifted and its origin (statement of the account the funds will be gifted from)
- Address of the place you’re purchasing
- A concise explanation that the funds are a gift and not a loan
Tax Implications for Down Payment Gifts
You won’t incur any tax liability if you’re the one receiving a down payment gift. Yet, the one gifting you could be penalized if the amount they gift you surpasses the annual exclusion limit. For instance, married parents filing a joint return can gift up to $30,000 per kid this year (2018 Down Payment Gift Guidelines) without incurring the gift tax. We can provide you with a template down payment gift letter, just send us a message via email or the online chat on the bottom right of the screen.
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