Before You Lose Your Friend and Your Money…


If you lend money to a friend, expect to lose the friend and the money. And in North Carolina, if you help a friend buy a house, you could also be committing a class 3 misdemeanor.

Until recently, the North Carolina Mortgage Licensing Act made it a criminal act for a non-licensed individual to loan money to someone else for the purchase of a property to be used for “personal, family or household use.” In English, much to the dismay of the real property bar, this means, it was illegal for parents to lend money to their children for the purpose of buying a home.

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