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Kim, Home Buyer in SF Bay area

How can a foreigner buy a condo in San Francisco with 40-50% down payment, meaning that the other 50-60%?

Asked by Kim, SF Bay area Tue Jun 10, 2008

needs to be from a mortgage? I'm a permanent resident and willing to cosign if my foreign relative can get a mortgage or I'm willing to be on the mortgage by myself. Then, is it possible for me to get a mortgage for someone else's house or do I need to be a co-owner of the condo? Eventually, I will pay the mortgage anyway no matther if it's under my relative's name or mine. If I pay the mortgage for someone else's house, is it considered as a gift and do I need to report it to IRS?

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Hi Kim:

Yes, you definitely can help your realtive buy a house in the Bay Area - I have a few clients who do that differently (on title, gifts (which has a limit) , none gifts, etc).

Let me know if you need a mortgage broker to give you more details (I am a Realtor and will not be able to give you all the detailed, up to date information about how to get the loan for situation like yours.

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Sylvia Barry,…, Real Estate Pro in Marin, CA
Yes, foreigners can buy houses and get mortgages in the States. No, you can't mortgage someone elses house - no bank will give you a loan on a home you don't own. Most of the rest of your questions like the one about "gifts" should only be asked of a tax professional, however, if you are on Title, and you pay 100% of the mortgage, you should be able to claim 100% of the tax deductions.

On the other hand, if you're paying the mortgage and not an owner... you are technically a renter and can't claim home ownership related deductions. But again, please consult a tax professional for tax questions. If you want to start a home search try http://www.automated-homefinder.com
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typically a foreign buyer needs to have atleast 25% downpayment - you may feel free to contact me should you want to proceed. Sam Pilli - http://www.samuelpilli.com 650-278-0333
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