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FHA Downpayment

Regular Contributor

Re: FHA Downpayment

What if Grampa gave you a check along with a copy of the cancelled check and your bank statements verifying the deposit?
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Valued Contributor

Re: FHA Downpayment

We got gift funds as a part of our downpayment. Only thing the lender required was a signed gift letter with bank account info....and proof the funds were wired to the closing attorney's office from the same account as listed on the gift letter.

No bank statements were needed. The bank statement rule is lender specific...just ask the lender what their requirements are regarding gift funds.
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Moderator Emerita

Re: FHA Downpayment

Remember you will also need enough for closing costs and pre-paids due at closing.  Depending upon your taxes and insurance amounts you could be looking at another 3-1/2% to 4% of the purchase price. In some high cost areas, it could be more.


These closing costs and pre-paids come from the buyer. However if you negotiate it into your purchase contract, you can have the seller pay those costs (not your down payment though). The limit on a conventional loan is 3% of purchase price and for an FHA loan max allowed limit for a seller contribution toward buyer closing costs is 6%.

The lender can also pay a small portion, but they have to bump up your interest rate over the life of the loan to do it so be careful with this option


Another option you might look into is first time  home buyer programs for your city, county and state. Be aware that these first time home buyer programs have income and asset limitations and sometimes they limit where you can purchase by zip code. Each program has its own rules so look them up first.

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