Q&A: What if I use gift funds as a down payment?

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Question of the Week: Do I need any sort of documents if I plan to use gift funds as a down payment?


If you are planning to use gift funds for your down payment, you will need a “Gift Letter”. Typically the lender will require a letter outlining the amount of the gift and who it’s coming from.

However, some lenders want more than just a letter. You may need to show proof that the gifted funds have been in a bank account for a minimum 15 days through either a bank signed statement from your bank or trust company, or copies of your bank statements.

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