I sometimes hear frustration from buyers who are being asked to produce the papertrail that supports the source of the money being used for the downpayment and closing costs. The underwriter (the person that issues final approval for your loan) requires this information as one method of eliminating the possiblity of fraud, to meet the requirements of investors with whom they work, and for quality control. They’re just doing their job, but sometimes meeting this requirement is difficult and tedious.
You may have been diligently consolidating money from various accounts so that it’s easier to manage, but this can actually cause more loan approval challenges.
During the time you’re working on purchasing a home, or at least for the prior three months or so, don’t move money around unnecessarily. The underwriter will require documentation of any large deposits or withdrawals from your account. This could include money you received as gifts, from transferring funds between accounts, investment liquidations, cashing out mutual funds, retirement funds, or whatever. You may be asked for copies of cancelled checks, deposit receipts, or other supporting documents that may see inconsequential.
If you’re relying on gift monies that will be used in your purchase in any fashion, you’ll likely also be required to produce a letter from the person giving you the money that documents the fact that you are not required to repay the gift. In fact, the person from whom you’re receiving the money may also need to produce copies of bank statements, etc., that documents where they received your gift money.
In fact, this is also not the best time to be changing banks, or even opening new accounts.
Don’t move your money around … or if you do, be absolutely certain you can document everything thoroughly.