Lagniappe Living in Lake Charles, Louisiana: June 2011

Newlyweds say “I DO” to FHA Bridal Registry Gift Funds

This one is worth re-blogging.  Originally posted by  Rebekah Radice a Mortgage Loan Originator in Colorado Springs, CO and worth sharing with Lake Charles, LA Newlyweds.

All newlyweds want to purchase a home to begin their lives together.  I work with many engaged couples  in Southwest Louisiana who are pre-approved for FHA financing.  Local lenders will explain "gift letters" to Lake Charles Home Buyers  but  did you know there is a nationwide program available  for newlyweds?

FHA Bridal Registry AccountAre you planning to get married and buy a home in Colorado, but wonder where your down payment funds will come from?

FHA has a Bridal Registry program where the money you receive as a wedding present can be used towards your down payment. Just like registering at a specialty or department store, the FHA Bridal Registry program allows you to register with a lender. Then your friends and family are able to make gift payments into an interest bearing account on your behalf.

It's a win win! Not only can your gifts earn interest, but they can be used as a down payment towards an FHA Loan.

Bridal Registry Guidelines

Bridal Registry Accounts were originally introduced in 1996, but still remain a little known fact when it comes to down payment assistance. The misunderstanding of how this program works might be the fact that it was originally only allowed by banks. Soon after, FHA modified the program and offered new flexible options and the opportunity for the newlywed to set up the account at any bank. Plus, newlyweds are now able to make deposits on their own from the gifts they receive.

Here's how it works in 3 simple steps:

  • You will open a savings account at your bank prior to the wedding
  • Friends and family will be given the banking information where the gifts will be deposited
  • All of the gift funds can go towards the FHA required 3.5% down payment
  • Anyone with an interest in the purchase cannot be party to the gift funds (i.e. realtor)
  • There is no requirement that you be married prior to closing on your new home

Another huge advantage is that there are no gift letters or other documentation required other than proof of your savings account named "bridal registry account." It's that simple!


AGENTS:  Marketing Ideas to Spread the Word in Your State

  • Explain it on your website
  • Blog about it
  • Let your “to-be-married couples” know about it
  • Send an email to past clients
  • Attend wedding fairs & distribute brochures
  • Mention it at your homebuyer seminars

The great news about this program is it is available Nationwide!



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