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Gift Funds & Gift of Equity for Kentucky FHA Mortgage Loan Approval Requirements

 Kentucky FHA Gift of Equity and Gift Funds for Down Payment Requirements

Kentucky FHA Gift of Equity and Gift Funds for Down Payment Requirements

Gifts may be provided by:

•  Borrower's family member*;
•  the borrower's employer or labor union;
•  a close friend with a clearly defined and documented interest in the borrower;
•  a charitable organization;
•  a governmental agency or public entity that has a program providing homeownership assistance to:
•      low or moderate income families; or
•      first-time homebuyers.

*Family member defined as:
•  child, foster child, parent, or grandparent; spouse or domestic partner;
•  legally adopted son or daughter, including a child who is placed with the borrower by an
authorized agency for legal adoption;
•  brother, stepbrother, sister, stepsister;
•  uncle or aunt
•  son-in-law, daughter-in­ law, father-in-law, mother­ in-law, brother-in-law, or sister-in-law of
the borrower.

Guidelines -  Personal Gift Funds

•      Primary residence 1-4 unit only
•     Funds may not be used to fulfill mandatory reserve requirements for manually underwritten
•      No borrower funds are required for down payment.
•      Cash on hand is not an acceptable source of donor funds.

Documentation  - Personal Gift Funds

•      Gift letter - See Requirements in "Notable Agency Differences" Above
•      If the gift funds have been verified in the borrower's account, obtain the donor's bank
statement showing the withdrawal and evidence of the deposit into the borrower's account.
•      If the gift funds are not verified in the borrower's account, obtain the certified check or
money order or cashier's check or wire transfer or other official check, and a bank statement
showing the withdrawal from the donor's account.
•      If the gift funds are paid directly to the settlement agent, verify that the settlement
agent received the funds from the donor for the amount of the gift, and that the funds were from an
acceptable source.
•      If the gift funds are being borrowed by the donor and documentation  from the bank or other
savings account is not available, have the donor provide written evidence that the funds were
borrowed from an acceptable source, not from a party to the transaction.
Regardless  of when gift funds are made available to a borrower, the lender must be able to make a
reasonable determination that the gift funds were not provided by an unacceptable source.  This
usually requires a copy of the donor's bank statement.

Guidelines -  Gift of Equity

•     Family member is ONLY eligible donor for gifts of equity
•      Limited to 85% LTV unless:
o      residence is currently selling-family member's primary residence or
purchasing family member has been renting residence 6 months prior to sales contract date.

Documentation -  Gift of Equity

Gift Letter -  See Requirements in "Notable Agency Differences" Above


In most cases, it's ok with lenders to use gift money from a family member to make a down payment. The FHA allows down payments of as little as 3.5 percent, 

Joel Lobb
Mortgage Loan Officer
Individual NMLS ID #57916

American Mortgage Solutions, Inc.

Text/call:      502-905-3708
fax:            502-327-9119


Down payment assistance to buy a home in Kentucky!

 There are various types of down payment assistance to buy a home in Kentucky with little or no money down!

Here are a few:

  • Kentucky FHA loans - federal loan through the Federal Housing Authority-Credit scores low as 620 and gifts can be used or down payment assistance from government agency to meet the 3.5% down payment investment. No income limits but max loan currently is $356,000 in Kentucky for 2021

  • Kentucky USDA loans - zero down mortgages for rural and suburban homeowners-640 credit score needed currently for most loans and has income limits and property location restrictions

  • Kentucky VA loans - if military service or active duty, can buy a home with zero down with a 620 minimum credit score. No income restrictions and can buy a house anywhere as long as VA appraisal supports the purchase price. No max loan limits but must meet residual income requirements and Eligibility based off Certification of Eligibly Entitlement. Amount.

  • Kentucky Housing Down Payment Assistance of $6000 can be used for FHA, VA, USDA or Conventional mortgage loans for their down payment requirements or to help with closing costs. Max income limits and loan limits for this program. 

KHC recognizes that down payments, closing costs, and prep​aids are stumbling blocks for many potential home buyers. Here are several loan programs to help. Your KHC-approved lender can help you apply for the program that meets your need.

Regular DAP

  • Purchase price up to $346,644 with Secondary Market.
  • Assistance in the form of a loan up to $6,000 in $100 increments.
  • Repayable over a ten-year term at 5.50 percent.
  • Available to all KHC first-mortgage loan recipients.

Affordable DAP

  • Purchase price up to $346,644​ with Secondary Market.
  • Assistance up to $6,000.
  • Repayable over a ten-year term at 1.00 percent.
  • Borrowers must meet Affordable D​AP income limits.


  • No liquid asset review and no limit on borrower reserves.
  • Specific credit underwriting standards may apply to down payment programs
  • .​


  • First-time and repeat homebuyers statewide
  • 30-year fixed interest rate
  • Principal residence ONLY
  • Purchase Price Limit:  $346,644
  • Borrower must meet KHC’s Secondary Market Income Limits

Effective May 1, 2021

Secondary Market Purchase Price Limit — $346,644


Read more about each program by hitting the links above. 

There are federal, state and local assistance programs as well so be on the look out.

If you want a personalized answer for your unique situation call, text, or email me or visit my website below:


Joel Lobb, Mortgage Broker FHA, VA, KHC, USDA

Joel Lobb
Mortgage Loan Officer

Individual NMLS ID #57916

American Mortgage Solutions, Inc.
10602 Timberwood Circle
Louisville, KY 40223
Company NMLS ID #1364

Text/call: 502-905-3708


Can I get a Gift for A Down payment on a Kentucky Mortgage Loan?

 For many Kentucky first time buyers, saving for a down payment is one of the most challenging steps in fulfilling their dream of purchasing a home. Oftentimes, they know they can afford their potential monthly mortgages (which could be less or equal their current rents), but the upfront costs of buying, such as down payment and closing costs, may be too much for them to pay.

Can I get a Gift for A Down payment on a Kentucky Mortgage Loan

This is why it's possible to get a little help in the form of a down payment gift from a family member or relative, close friend, or even a charitable organization. And it’s actually becoming more popular, especially among millennials. In the National Association of REALTORS® 2020 Generational Trends Report, 13 percent of home buyers (and 27 percent for ages 22 to 29) indicated their source of down payment to be a gift from their relative or friend. 

So if you’re lucky enough to find down payment fund as one of your gifts under the Christmas tree this year (or maybe you’re the one who wants to give it), it may not be as simple as opening your cash gift (or handing someone a wad of cash) and going straight to the lender to use it to buy a home. 

Down payment gift funds, whether you’re giving or receiving it, are closely regulated by lenders and must meet certain requirements. Here are certain rules that the gift giver and recipient should know to avoid trouble down the road.

Can I get a Gift for A Down payment on a Kentucky Mortgage Loan

While we may automatically consider a family member, like parents or siblings, when thinking about who can give a mortgage down payment gift, there are other entities who could also be eligible gift sources. But because cash can come with strings attached, and lenders want to make sure that the gift money is nothing but a gift (which will be discussed later on), there are restrictions on who can give money (or who you can give money to) to help purchase a home.

For conventional loans

If you are getting a loan through Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac, gifts can only be from a family member or relative. This may be your spouse, child, siblings, parents, grandparents, or anyone related by blood, marriage, adoption, or legal guardianship. Soon-to-be family members such as your domestic partner, fiancรฉ, or even future in-laws are also eligible to give funds for a down payment.

For FHA loans

The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) has its own set of rules when it comes to giving or receiving down payment gifts, although they offer a broader eligibility range. If you are getting an FHA loan, you can receive down payment funds from family members, friends who have a clearly defined and documented interest in your life, employers, labor unions, government agencies, and even charitable organizations. 

For USDA and VA home loans

VA loans (backed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs) and USDA mortgages (given by the U.S. Department of Agriculture)may have fewer restrictions, but the down payment gift funds cannot come from anyone who would benefit from the proceeds of the purchase, such as the seller, developer, builder, your real estate agent, and some other entity.

Can I get a Gift for A Down payment on a Kentucky Mortgage Loan

There are no limits on the amount of money someone can give you for a down payment or to cover closing costs. However, rules still apply depending on the type of loan and property you're purchasing. Some types of loans may need you to contribute a certain amount of the down. The key is to check with your lender for the latest regulations on how much you can really use.

Likewise, there can be tax implications on the person giving the gift funds. They may be liable if the amount exceeds the gift tax exclusion limit. As of 2020, for instance, any individual can give funds up to $15,000 without a tax penalty. On the other hand, parents who are married and are filing jointly can give up to $30,000 per child for a mortgage down payment (or any other purpose), without incurring the gift tax. For a down payment gift that exceeds the said amounts, the donor must file a gift tax return to disclose the gift. 

Can I get a Gift for A Down payment on a Kentucky Mortgage Loan
  • You need to confirm the relationship between you and the giver and provide the right paperwork.

If you're fortunate enough to have a family member or any eligible entity who can give you funds towards your home’s down payment, you’ll need to confirm your relationship with the gift-giver and provide your mortgage underwriter more information about where the funds came from.

For lenders to confirm that the new money isn’t a loan, you’ll need these things:

1. A down payment gift letter - If your lender has a template letter for this purpose, you will need to send it to the funds’ donor. If there isn’t a template, you might want to ask what information should be included so you can draft your own.

The letter typically includes details about the gift-giver, such as the name, address, contact phone, relationship to the borrower, and address of the property to be purchased. The date when the gift was transferred and the amount of funds given to the borrower must also be indicated. The donor should also write a sentence explaining that the fund is a gift and that there isn’t any expectation of repayment. The letter must be signed by both the gift-giver and the borrower.

2. The gift-giver’s bank statements - This is to show they have the funds to give the buyer as much money as promised.

3. A bank slip from the buyer’s account - This is to indicate when the money was transferred, to verify that the cash is from a legitimate source and that the borrower has an appropriate relationship with the donor, and to confirm the information provided in the letter.

  • Remember: you can't pay back the gift.

Down payment gift funds need to be just like that—a gift and not a loan that is expected to be paid. You need to make it clear with your mortgage lender that the money you received was entirely gifted and not something that you need to pay back eventually, because by then it will be considered mortgage or loan fraud. Besides, it can also put your loan qualification at risk since your debt-to-income ratio will be factored when you get a mortgage. 

  • Try to make it a “seasoned” gift money.

It might make more sense to try and make your gift money “seasoned”, especially if you know that someone is going to help you buy a home (often in the case of parents or other relatives). Lenders refer to it as seasoned money when it has been sitting in your bank account for some time, at least for two months. When the gifted money is given in advance, you often don't have to worry about writing gift letter documentation.

Bottom Line

Down payment gift funds make it easier for first-time home buyers to afford a home. If you anticipate accepting help, remember to consider the rules above so you can accept such a gift in a proper manner. Be upfront with your mortgage lender if you plan on using gift funds for the down payment. Don't forget to also talk to the individual or entities who are planning to give you money about the tax implications and other considerations.


Gift for A Down payment on a Kentucky Mortgage Loan?

Joel Lobb
Mortgage Loan Officer
Individual NMLS ID #57916

American Mortgage Solutions, Inc.

Text/call:      502-905-3708
fax:            502-327-9119

Gift for A Down payment on a Kentucky Mortgage Loan?

Using Gift Money for a Down Payment in Kentucky For A Mortgage Loan

Can a family member help you come up with the down payment for a mortgage? If so, are there any limits on how much they can provide or other restrictions?

The answer is yes, in both cases. In today’s economy, many potential home buyers, young people in particular, are looking to their parents or other relatives for help in coming up with money for a down payment.

Advantages of a larger down payment

A larger down payment can make it easier to get a mortgage, make it possible to get a larger mortgage than you would otherwise have qualified for, or reduce the interest rate on your home loan, so there are a lot of benefits to using gift money for a down payment. There are certain limitations, however, so you want to be aware of them before you get started.

Do all lenders allow gift money for a down payment?

In most cases, it’s ok with lenders to use gift money from a family member to make a down payment. The FHA allows down payments of as little as 3.5 percent, and all of it can come from a gift, while Fannie Mae, VA and USDA Rural Development allow down payments fully funded by gift money as well.

If you’re getting a mortgage backed by Freddie Mac, however, you need to put up at least 5 percent of the purchase price out of your own money if the down payment is less than 20 percent. However, you can use gift money to increase your down payment, perhaps doubling it to 10 percent for example, and you can use gift money for the whole thing if you’re putting up 20 percent or more.

One problem is that, when getting a conforming loan, you rarely know up front if your lender plans to sell your loan to Freddie Mac or its sibling, Fannie Mae. So if you’re planning to use all gift money for your down payment, try to find a lender who deals primary with Fannie Mae, unless you’re applying for an FHA, VA or USDA loan.

Can you borrow down payment money from relatives?

Documenting Your Assets for A Louisville Kentucky Mortgage loan down-payment-

In a word – no. In fact, when putting up gift money for a down payment, you need to provide a statement from the giver that the money does not need to be repaid. The reason for this is that your down payment is supposed to be your own money, free and clear, with no strings attached. If it has to be repaid, even to a relative, that increases your debt burden and affects how much a mortgage lender is willing to lend you.

How much can they give you?

As much as they want or are able to. However, in practical terms, most gifts are limited to $13,000 – that’s how much the IRS allows one person to give another each year without incurring the gift tax. That amount doubles to $26,000 if the gift is given to you and your spouse, and can even increase to $52,000 a year if your parents file their taxes separately and each give gifts to you and your spouse.

The gift tax isn’t something you pay as a recipient – the gift is tax-free to you. From the IRS’ perspective, gifts are a form of early inheritance, so any amount above the $13,000 annual individual limit (up to $5 million lifetime) is taxed on the giver, same as an estate tax would be. That’s also why the gift isn’t tax deductable for the giver, since it’s considered an early payout from their estate.

If you’re fortunate enough to have family members who are able and willing to help you financially, gift money for a down payment can be a big help in buying a home. However, just make sure you know the rules going in so you don’t run into problems during the process.

Using Gift Money for a Down Payment

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American Mortgage Solutions, Inc.
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