Mortgage Gift letter is what the donor of the gift writes to the lender stating that he has offered a gift of money to the home buyer.
Homebuyers often require extra funds to make their down payment or pay part/whole of their closing costs when there is shortage of cash to pay for these upfront costs. They can borrow from a non-profit organization but lenders often do not prefer borrowed money as the down payment. In this situation, cash gift from family members is very helpful.
When a gift is made available to a homebuyer applying for a mortgage, he needs to write a mortgage gift letter signed by the donor and attach it with the loan application form. At times, the lender may also provide the buyer with a Gift Letter form which the latter only needs to fill out.
However, if the gift is made by any non-family member such as friend, employer, etc, then a borrower needs to provide documentation of a very close and long lasting relationship.
How to write Mortgage Gift letter
- Name of donor of the gift
- Name of the recipient
- Relationship between the donor and recipient
- Cash amount gifted
- Address of the property for which gift is made
- Source of the funds (bank account, brokerage account etc) as offered by the donor.
Apart from the above, the gift letter should also state that the buyer need not repay the gift amount. Also, the lender should be assured that the gift funds were not made available to the donor from any person involved with the sale of the property including the seller, broker, real estate agent, loan officer or builder etc.
With gift of money, a buyer can afford to purchase a bigger house. At the same time, he can borrow less and thus reduce his monthly payments. However, the homebuyer needs to provide a written statement and prove that the money he's putting down is a gift. Here's where a mortgage gift letter serves its purpose.