Question: I don't have enough money for a down-payment, but my Grandmother would like to gift me some money to help...can she do that?
Answer: Yes she can but we must go through the proper transfer to make the transaction go smooth.
Gift Funds are an allowable source for downpayment money on the purchase of a home. This money can come from a grandparent, parent, sibling, spouse, fiance', future in-law or godparent.
The gifter along with purchaser would sign a gift letter stating the money is a gift and no repayment is expected. Then, the gifter would also have to provide a bank statement, all pages, with proof they have the money to give.
Next step, once the check has been deposited into the purchaser's account we would need a copy of the cancelled earnest money check from the gifter and an updated printout of the purchaser's bank account showing the money is there. Remember, if a bank printout, bank must put the banking stamp and intials on each page to prove it is authentic.
Really a very easy process but make sure you speak with your loan officer before moving funds around from one account to another. It will save much time and paperwork!
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Yours to Count On,