Many people find it difficult to save for a down payment to buy their first home. That’s why it’s a big help when they receive a lump sum amount of money from a loved one that they can use to fund a down payment. It’s called a gift fund. Homebuyers taking out a conventional loan are required to follow guidelines if they will use a gift fund for their down payment. Lenders may not approve the mortgage if you could not prove the source of the gift fund.
Setting a budget and saving money for a down payment can be a challenge, but a gift from a willing (and generous) family member can certainly help reduce the financial strain. However, before you head to the bank to make the deposit, there are some rules and requirements that you should know about accepting gift funds.