5 Creative Ways To Come Up With A Down Payment

Dated: 05/18/2016

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5 Creative Ways to Come Up With a Down Payment

To successfully purchase a home today, you will need a down payment of at least 3.5% of the purchase price.

Gone are the days of no down payment alternatives, down payment assistance and seller-offered programs to come up with the money needed to buy a home. Instead, let’s look at the five ways you can come up with a down payment to seal the deal.

  1. Gift Money

    Gift money is simply that — a gift from family or documented close relationship. The giver needs to provide a gift letter and paper trail of the monies they are gifting for the benefit of the buyer. In other words, they’ll have to provide a bank account showing they had the ability to gift the money. In short, gift monies cannot be funds sitting at home in a safe.

  2. 401(k)/Retirement Loan

    Typically, borrowed funds for a down payment are a no-go, but the exception is a 401(k) or equivalent retirement account (or current home equity line). If you can borrow money from your 401(k) for your down payment, this is accepted for obtaining a purchase mortgage loan.

    Note: Depending on the terms of your loan, this could be counted as a liability and factored into your debt to income ratio.

  3. Sale of a Good

    Believe it or not, you can sell your recreational vehicle and use the net proceeds from the transaction as your down payment. Let’s say you decide to sell your motorcycle for $10,000. You’ll need to provide the full bill of sale — as well as the bank statement depositing those funds, matching the bill of sale — to your mortgage lender. Same goes for any other recreational vehicle, or other item that “makes sense.” The key is as long as it’s plausible and passes the litmus test and you can paper trail the monies from start to finish, you should have no problem using those monies for the house purchase.

  4. Trust Funds, Settlement Awards, Etc.

    If you come into a chunk of change via an inheritance, settlement, lottery winning, trust fund disbursement, family buyout, even a gambling victory, all of these monies can be used for the down payment as long as the sourcing of the monies is fully documented from A to Z with no stone left unturned. Matching of the amounts of monies used to the original deposits will be required when it comes time to secure the loan.

  5. Line of Credit

    Where a down payment lacks, enter strength in income. You can take out a line of credit or a personal loan, deposit the full funds into your bank account and after two months, the funds will be eligible for use in the transaction.

While a down payment is needed to purchase in the current real estate market, a prudent home buyer should also have plans for having available funds for closing costs. The same out-of-the-box strategies listed above can also be used to procure funds for closing costs.

Closing costs run 3% of the purchase price, on average. So the total funds to close would be sum 3% of purchase price +3.5% down.

Do your homework. If you don’t have a down payment for a house, or your down payment is coming from more than one source, make sure you talk to a lender upfront so they can help you navigate the best way to properly support and document your monies used. Doing this on the front end will save you from wasting time creating and gathering unnecessary paperwork.


If you need help from a local realty professional, please contact us today for more information on rentals, rent to own programs, owner financing, first time home buying, income properties, commercial properties, luxury properties, waterfront properties, golf communities, aviation communities, condo communities, listing services, mortgage programs, or concierge property search services.

Chris Rauch, 
Realtor
(561) 806-3391
Heath & Joseph Real Estate

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