Business / Loan / Mortgage: A mortgage is a promise in which you agree to put up your home as security for a loan. The mortgage is the instrument which secures the Promissory Note, in which you promise to repay the loan at a certain date. The mortgage document allows the lender to force a sale of your home (foreclosure) if, for example, you fail to make payments, to pay property taxes or insurance, or keep other promises. In some states the mortgage document is called a 'deed of trust.' Refer to your copy of The Complete Guide to Your Real Estate Closing for full details of these two documents.

Mortgage Servicing

Business / Finance / Mortgage Servicing: The collection of monthly payments and penalties, record keeping, payment of insurance and taxes, and possible settlement of default, involved with a mortgage loan. MORE

Fixed-Rate Mortgage

Business / Taxes / Fixed-Rate Mortgage: A fixed-rate mortgage is a long-term loan that you use to finance a real estate purchase, typically a home. Your borrowing costs and monthly payments remain the same for the term of the loan, no matte MORE

Balloon Mortgage

Business / Taxes / Balloon Mortgage: With a balloon mortgage, you make monthly payments over the mortgage term, which is typically five, seven, or ten years, and a final installment, or balloon payment, that is significantly larger than MORE