A gifted deposit is a sum of money given to you by a third party as a deposit on a property. There are currently five options currently available for gifted deposit mortgages. These are available on residential and Buy-to-Let purchases.

Whilst gifted deposit mortgages might appear simple, lenders all have individual criteria so it pays to shop around. Fortunately, we are specialists in this field. Our experience shows that there are four main issues to be aware of when considering a gifted deposit mortgage. These are:

  • Loan-to-Value
  • Whether or not you’re a first-time buyer
  • Relationship to the individual gifting the deposit/equity
  • Minimum levels of income

So, what are the five options for gifted deposit mortgages and how do they differ?

1. Parent Gifted Deposit

If you are able to gift whole or part of a deposit to enable your son or daughter to obtain a mortgage, the majority of lenders will accept this on the condition that you sign a ‘deed of gift’ letter to confirm that the funds are a gift and not repayable.

The disadvantage to you, the parents, is that you will have lost control of the deposit money, meaning that you may possibly only be able to help one child. A second issue is that, if your son or daughter is in a relationship which later breaks down, this could lead to a dispute on returning the deposit. I would always recommend that you take independent legal advice to protect both parties before gifting a deposit in these circumstances.

2. Genuine Sale below Open Market Value (Landlord to Tenant / Employer to Employee)

If you have been renting the same property for a while and your landlord has offered to sell it to you at a reduced price, then this is a great way of buying a home. In this case, no physical money passes hands but the gift is in the form of equity and you won’t need to fund any deposit. Skipton Building Society will lend on this basis.

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3. Inter-Family Sale

It could be that you’ve offered to sell a property to your son or daughter at below current market value. With an inter-family sale, the equity in the property is treated as the deposit and no further funds are required. Nationwide and Principality are willing to lend in this area. This also applies if the property is to be a buy to let. There are certain lenders who are willing to accept gifted equity from family members who are not the parents, aunt or uncle.

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4. Deposit secured as a second charge on parents’ property

Two lenders - Bath Building Society and Aldermore – offer a scheme where they will advance up to 100% of the purchase price of your son or daughter’s chosen property; they reduce the risk of this by taking a 25% second charge on your property. The advantage to you, the parents, is that you do not have to fund deposit money from your savings and do not make any monthly payments. The disadvantage is that if your son or daughter default on their mortgage, your home is at risk.

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5. Retained Deposit

This option is offered by a number of lenders. The most recent launched is the Woolwich Family Springboard Mortgage. A 5% deposit is funded by the purchasers. An additional 10% is deposited into a Woolwich savings account by parents or grandparents. These funds cannot be accessed for three years but earn interest. After the three years, there is no restriction on these funds.

The benefit of this route is that, as the parents or grandparents, you only lose access to your savings for three years and they can be used again to help another son or daughter.

Lending criteria changes constantly, which is why it is important to seek professional mortgage advice to ensure that you find the right mortgage for your needs.

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