This Article Is About Buying A Home From A Family Member And Qualifying For A Mortgage
Buying A Home From A Family Member is becoming more and more common. Homebuyers can get a discounted price on a home by buying a home from a family member. This is a great benefit during times of high home values and skyrocketing home prices. Homeowners who are retiring and need to downgrade will feel better selling their homes to a family member and keep the home in the family. Homebuyers buying a home from a family member can purchase the home with little to no money down due to the gift of equity from the selling family member. If structured right, the homebuyer can purchase the home with no down payment and no closing costs.
Buying A Home From A Family Member: Non-Arms Length Transactions
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Buying a home from a family member is classified as a non-arms-length transaction. Arm’s length transactions are home purchase transactions that a buyer and seller are not related and are complete strangers. Non-arms-length transactions are home purchase transactions that both the homebuyers and sellers are related and/or have a close relationship to each other. There are strict mortgage regulations by lenders on non-arms length home purchase transactions.
The Advantage Of Buying A Home From A Family Member
There are many benefits of buying a home from a family member. Most homebuyers will get a gift of equity which means a discounted price on the home. Buyers can trust the seller. The homebuyer will know the home, its neighbors, and the town. There are advantages for both homebuyers and sellers. The home seller will keep the home in the family. Many homeowners have developed a personal attachment to their homes during the years. Selling it to a family member will offer comfort on having a family member as the new owner.
Buyers will know the home and have knowledge of any repairs that need to be done. In the event of major repairs need to be done, the seller will be more willing to negotiate the cost of the repairs. Many homebuyers are priced out of the expensive housing market. Buying a home from a family member is often at a discount. Most homebuyers buying a home from a family member will purchase them at a substantial discount which is called a gift of equity. Other benefits of buying a home from a family member include not coming up with a down payment or closing costs. In many instances, the home seller can offer owner financing or the buyer can have the option to assume their mortgage. The biggest benefit of buying a home from a family member is buying the home at a discount. This is especially a big deal during times of skyrocketing home prices. Many homebuyers are priced out of the housing market due to skyrocketing home prices.
Gift Of Equity: Buying A Home Below Market Value
Most home sellers sell their homes at a large discount when selling the home to a family member. Due to selling the home at a discount, homebuyers often do not have to come up with the down payment or closing cost. Just the discounted price of the home can mean the down payment and/or closing costs the homebuyers need to come up with. Mortgage lenders have strict guidelines when it comes to the gift of equity when buying a home from a family member. Lenders will treat the transaction as a gift of equity home purchase on homebuyers buying a home at a discount from a family member. Both homebuyers and home sellers should check their tax implications on a gift of equity home purchase/sales transaction from their accountants and/or tax attorneys.
Down Payment And Closing Costs On Home Purchase
All home purchase transactions normally require a down payment and come with closing costs. The down payment and closing costs can be waived when buying a home from a family member via a gift of equity. A gift of equity is the seller giving the homebuyer a discounted price on the home purchase which is equivalent to a gift. Lenders will get the market value of the home from the home appraisal. The gift of equity is the appraised value less the actual sales price. If the gift of equity is less than the down payment and/or closing costs required on the sales transaction, the homebuyer will need to come up with the difference. The team at Gustan Cho Associates are experts in the gift of equity home purchase transactions. Gustan Cho Associates has no lender overlays on government and conventional loans.
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How Does Gift Of Equity Home Purchase Transactions Work For Home Sellers
If the home seller has a mortgage on the home, the equity of the home is the maximum amount the seller can make a gift of equity to the homebuyer. The seller can make a larger gift of equity but then the seller will need to pay down the mortgage loan balance. If the home seller has no mortgage on the property, it is up to the home seller as to how much gift of equity they want to give the homebuyer. Home sellers without a mortgage can sell the home via owner financing. It is best for each party to hire attorneys so there are no misunderstandings on the home purchase/sales transaction. Remember that a home purchase/sales is a large business transaction and it should be done by the book.
Buying Out A Family Member’s Home By Paying Off The Reverse Mortgage
There are instances where a senior homeowner with a reverse mortgage has passed. The lender of the reverse mortgage will allow the deceased homeowner’s siblings to buy out the reverse mortgage. The lender will give time for the sibling and/or heirs of the deceased homeowner to reclaim the property before starting the property transfer process. The heirs of the property should decide on who will take possession of the property and the buyout number of the heirs giving up their rights to the property. If the property is upside down, it will be best to just surrender the property to the lender.
October 4, 2021 - 4 min read