Fannie Clarifies How Lenders Can Help with Home Purchase Costs
April 13, 2018
Fannie Mae recently clarified its seller guidelines on gifts from lenders to borrowers. Last week, the GSE noted that lenders can indeed contribute to certain borrowers’ home-purchase costs, but just not to their downpayments. The GSE explained that lenders can contribute funds to help defray closing costs and prepaid fees that are normally delegated to the buyer as long as it is not used to fund any portion of the downpayment. The contribution also must be a true gift as it can’t be subject to repayment requirements or require any financial obligation apart from the mortgage. Nor can the contribution come from a third party.