Most FHA home loan programs require the borrower to make a minimum down payment of 3.5% of either the appraised value of the property or the asking price of the home, whichever is lower.
The down payment is strictly regulated. The buyer is not only required to put down his or her 3.5%, but the FHA also requires documentation on the source of the down payment money in many cases.
Documentation is required when the borrower pays more than 2% of the sale price. It’s also required in any situation where the lender has certain questions about the down payment. According to FHA requirements, documentation is needed when the down payment “appears excessive based upon the borrower