Question:

Can I use my 401k for down payment financing?

Answer:

Yes, you could. 401k can be used for down payment financing as long as your employer agrees to it. Normally, 401k can be used only if you quit, retire or have an accident, but some companies may allow withdrawal for the purchase of a home.

By law, 401k withdrawal for down payment financing is allowed, but your employer is not obligated to allow it. Also, you will have to pay penalty fees and taxes on the amount withdrawn from your 401k.

Another way to go is to borrow against your 401k - up to 50%, interest goes back to you and money is not taxable.

Risks From Using 401k for Down Payment on a House

Your funds will diminish - when you repay your 401k money, you will have lost interest and your funds will be smaller for your retirement.

If you change employer, or quit, the 401k plan will have to be replenished usually in a short time. If you don't , taxes and penalties will be imposed.

If you do borrow money against your 401k, lenders will count that into your debt-to-income ratio and it will affect your mortgage application and the loan amount to qualify.

100% financing comes as a nice alternative to 401k financing for down payment. Even though rates are more expensive, consider penalties that accompany early withdrawal from your 401k funds.

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