A mortgage with periodic payments that do not fully amortize the loan. The outstanding balance of the mortgage is due in a lump sum at the end of the term.
A short-term loan secured by the equity in an as-yet-unsold house, with the funds to be used for a down payment and/or closing costs on a new house. There is no payment of principal until the house is sold or the end of the loan term, whichever comes first. Interest payments may or may not be deferred until the house is sold.
The person who, for a commission or a fee, brings parties together and assists in negotiating contracts between them.
Money advanced by an individual (e.g. builder, seller, buyer, lender, developer) to lower monthly mortgage payments for a few years or the whole term.
The maximum interest rate increase allowable on an adjustable rate mortgage. Does not result in negative amortization. See Negative amortization.
Cap (payment rate)
The maximum payment amount increase allowable on an adjustable rate mortgage. May result in negative amortization. See Negative amortization.
Certificate Of Title
A statement that shows ownership of property, stating that the seller has clear legal title.
The concluding day of the real estate transaction, when title and deed pass from seller to buyer, the buyer signs the mortgage and pays the purchase price and closing costs.
Expenses (over and above the price of the property) incurred by buyers and sellers in transferring ownership of a property. Also called "settlement costs."
A financial disclosure giving an account of all funds received and expected at closing, including the escrow deposit for taxes, hazard insurance and mortgage insurance for the escrow account.
An agent's or broker's fee for bringing the principals together and helping to negotiate a real estate transaction, often a percentage of the sales price or flat fee.
An agreement, frequently in writing, between a lender and a borrower to loan money at a future date, subject to certain conditions.
Refers to similar properties used for comparison purposes in the appraisal process. These properties will be reasonably the same size and location, with similar amenities and characteristics, so that the approximate fair market value of the subject property can be determined.
Ownership of a single unit in a multiunit building or complex of buildings. Along with this goes a share of ownership of the common areas.
A condition that must be met for a contract or a commitment to remain binding.
Any mortgage loan that is not insured by FHA, guaranteed by VA, of funded by a government authorized bond sale or grant.
To transfer real estate from one person to another.
The report to a prospective lender on the credit standing of a prospective borrower.
The deposit money given to seller or his agent by the potential buyer at the time of the purchase offer. If the offer is accepted, the money will become part of the down payment.
A right to the limited use of land owned by another. An electric company, for example, could have an easement to put up electric power lines over someone's property.
Anything that affects or limits the title to a property, such as outstanding mortgages, easement rights or unpaid property taxes.
The value in which the owner has in real estate over and above the mortgages against it. When the mortgage and all other debts against the property are paid in full, the owner has 100% equity in his property.
Funds and/or deed left in trust to a third party. Generally, a portion of the monthly mortgage payment is held in escrow by the lender to pay for taxes, hazard insurance and yearly mortgage insurance premiums.
A fixed rate loan with monthly payments that start low, increasing by a fixed amount for a specific number of years. After that period, the payments typically remain constant for the duration of the loan.
Normal income, including overtime, prior to any payroll deductions, that is regular and dependable. This income may come from more than one source.
When the buyer agrees to make payments directly to the seller at pre-negotiated terms. The seller agrees to deed the property to the buyer upon completion of the agreement. The buyer becomes the owner of equity in this type of sale. (Also see Owner Financing.)
A legal claim on a property used as security for a debt.
The relationship between the amount of the mortgage and property value, usually shown as a percentage.
An acronym for payments to lender that cover principal, interest, taxes and insurance on a property.
A map of a piece of land showing boundary lines, streets, actual measurements and easements.
A fee paid to the lender on closing day to increase the effective yield of the mortgage. A point is one percent of the amount of the mortgage loan. Also called a discount point.
A charge paid to the lender by the borrower if a mortgage loan is repaid before its term is over.
A commitment by a lender to extend credit provided that specific conditions are met.
A preliminary assessment of a buyer's ability to secure a loan, based on a specific set of lending guidelines and buyer representations made. This is not a guarantee or commitment by a lender to extend credit.
The interest rate charged by banks to their preferred corporate customers, it tends to be an estimator for general trends in short term interest rates.
The amount borrowed or remaining unpaid; also, that part of the monthly payment that reduces the outstanding balance of a mortgage.
PMI (Private Mortgage Insurance)
Insurance written by a private mortgage insurance company to protect the lender against losses caused by mortgage default. This is commonly required on loan transactions involving less than a 20% down payment or equity position.
Ownership of a property. A clear title is one without any outstanding liens or encumbrances. A cloud on title refers to any outstanding liens or encumbrances which could impair the title.
Title Insurance Policy
A policy designed to protect the buyer or lender after closing from financial losses arising from any defects in the title that may have occurred prior to purchase.
A check of public record to disclose the past and current facts regarding ownership of a particular piece of property.
In some areas city, county or state taxes imposed when property passes from one person to another.
Federal law that requires lenders to disclose the terms and conditions of a mortgage, including the APR, based on certain charges incurred by the borrower. If the charges were $0, the APR would be equal to that actual interest rate on the loan.