Can I give my daughter $100,000 from the sale of my home, so she can make a down payment on a home. Also, what is a wrap around mortgage and is it safe to do?
Thank you for your questions covering a wide range of topics. Your first question of gifting money to your daughter from the sale of the house and her using the funds as a downpayment is really two distinct questions:
You last question, regarding a wraparound mortgage, is an interesting question about an infrequently used technique to offer lender financing to the buyer.
In general, the IRS permits non-taxable gifts to third parties. As of 2012, you are allowed to gift $13,000 without paying taxes or declaring the gift in your income tax statement. A married couple can each gift the $13,000, so that they gift to one person $26,000. Gifts can be in the form of money or personal property, whose value is determined by using IRS rule.
The IRS allows for certain exemptions to the gifting rules, including payments made on the behalf of a third party to an educational or medical institution to cover tuition or medical expenses, or gifts to charities and political organizations.
If you gift to an individual more than the $13,000, then you must declare the sum to the IRS, using IRS Form 709 (PDF). However, that does not mean you must pay taxes. Using the unified credit to gift tax, you can avoid paying taxes on the excess up to a cumulative (carry over from past years) sum of $1,772,800. Any sum you credit will be deducted from the allowable exemption amount allowed for your estate tax.
Whenever you are giving away large sums of money, make sure that you refer to IRS Publication 950 and speak to a tax professional and/or estate lawyer to properly plan and report your gifts.
The second part of your question relates to gift money as a source of downpayment and closing costs. In general, lenders require that the borrower show proof of having enough funds to cover the downpayment, required reserves and closing costs. This is referred to as a “minimum borrower contribution.”
Conventional loans, such as Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac backed loan require that the lender verify the existence of funds to cover the minimum borrower contribution, as well as the source of the funds. Asset verification varies depending on the type of funds available. The lender is required to check depository accounts for a two- to three-month period. It is possible that monies gifted sufficiently before the time of application will not require gifting verification and documentation.
For many types of loans, there is no problem in using gift money. This includes principal residences and second home, but usually not investment properties. There are exceptions, such as high balance loans where Fannie Mae requires a minimum amount of non-gift money. There are also additional rules if the donor is a domestic partner. If the donor is connected to the transaction (the builder, seller, real estate agent), then gift money is not allowed.
The lender will want to see:
Make sure that you prepare, in advance, a gift letter, following these steps, as explained by Fannie Mae’s selling guide, The gift letter must:
Before you transfer any funds, check with your loan officer about the requirements for your specific loan.
Your last question deals with a non-conventional manner of structuring the sale of your property. I am not sure why you are investigating this option, as you start by mentioning that you want to gift money from the sale of your house. Is your mortgage interest rate that significantly less than today’s market? Will you be getting enough cash from the sell?
A wraparound mortgage works like this:
The obvious advantage to the wrap-around mortgage is that you make money on the spread between your low-interest-rate mortgage and the higher rate you charge the buyer. However, there are risks involved including these three:
Basically, wraparound mortgages are a high-risk loan. If your buyer is putting a small downpayment and/or can’t qualify for a conventional loan at the lower interest rate, then that is an indication of a high-risk borrower. Wrap around mortgages are particularly attractive in a market that has higher interest rates (so you have a spread) and rising housing prices (to reduce your risks of being left with an underwater property).
Before you consider such a loan, consult with an attorney who specializes in real estate and financial transactions.
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