Freddie Mac Changes Requirement to Accept Lender Gifts and Grants
July 14, 2017
Freddie Mac recently changed the circumstances in which borrowers can use gifts and grants from a lender toward a downpayment in its Home Possible mortgage products. Currently, a lender can provide a gift or grant for a portion of or the entire downpayment, according to a spokesperson for Freddie, but that’s about to change. Last week, sellers were notified that gifts or grants from the lender would only be allowed after the borrower contributes at least 3 percent of the appraised value or purchase price. This contribution must be made from the borrower’s personal funds and/or other permitted sources of funds.