FHA Mortgages: Documenting the Transfer of Gift Funds

FHA Mortgages: Documenting the Transfer of Gift Funds

FHA Mortgages allow borrowers to use Gift Funds to meet the 3.5% down payment requirement.  When using Gift Funds to purchase a home it is important that Gift Funds be documented properly to avoid any issues with the FHA underwriting process.  The primary intention of these rules is too make sure that the FHA borrower is not also borrowing their required 3.5% down payment and that these funds truly are a gift.  

Acceptable sources for these gifts  

  • a borrower's relative

  • a close friend with a clearly defined and documented interest in the borrower

  • a charitable organization

  • a government program that provides down payment assistance


How to accurately document these funds is as follows... 

 If the gift funds are already in the borrower’s account then the lender must obtain… 

  • a copy of the withdrawal document showing that the withdrawal was from the donor’s account 

  • the borrower’s deposit slip 

  • bank statement showing the deposit



If the gift funds are to be provided at closing, and are in the form of a certified check, then the lender must obtain…

  • a bank statement showing the withdrawal from the donor’s account, and

  • copy of the certified check