Gifted Down Payment

June 28, 2010

Mortgages are very dynamic transactions. There are areas of the mortgage approval that don’t warrant any kind of special consideration but if for whatever reason the lender’s guidelines cannot be satisfied one can compromise the successful funding of a mortgage. Proof of down payment is one of those areas.
Generally speaking proof of down payment is an afterthought for most borrowers as most of the attention is given to proof of income and other conditions. From a borrower’s point of view the down payment money is available and they don’t give it a second thought. However there are some very specific rules that the lender is required to adhere to in conjunction with the Anti Money Laundering & Terrorism Act regarding proof of down payment.
Since using laundered cash for a large down payment is probably the easiest way to launder money the Government relies on the lender as a gate keeper of sorts. For down payment money coming from your own sources you are required to show 3 months bank or investment statements showing that the money has always been there or the gradual accumulation of funds. Any large deposits must be documented. If you keep the money in a shoebox under your bed it is not going to meet the lender’s criteria and will not be accepted.
Gifted down payment is acceptable to the lender however a gift can only be made by a directly related family member including, mother, father, brother, sister or grandparents. The lender will not accept gifted down payment from spouses, friends, aunts, uncles, cousins etc…
Seems straight forward but if you aren’t aware of these rules before making an offer to buy and you commit yourself to buying and run into a problem with proof of down payment it can be very stressful and compromise your mortgage.
Chris Molder – Son of A Broker… dedicated to your financial sufficiency and prosperity 416.461.0204


Christopher Molder

Mortgage Broker

Christopher is a mortgage broker based in Toronto, Canada. And a son of a broker too. He’s a second generation mortgage broker. Following in his father’s steps he joined the family mortgage business straight out of university.