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Do You Know What A Mortgage Is?

Apr 27, 2008
This article is hopefully going to explain many of the things people believe about mortgages that are actually false. For instance, they are often referred to as a Mortgage Home Loans but they aren't actually loans in the traditional sense of the word. There are three terms that you need to learn that are used: the first is mortgagor (the property owner), the mortgagee (the company that takes on the security for the property) and the mortgage (the contract to pay between the two). What this means is this document is a way for the property to be used to safeguard any potential problems with payment until the house is finally paid for.

Without mortgages being available, people and many businesses would not be able to afford the full asking price of a property if it was required they pay this amount upfront. Misunderstandings on how the system works also create problems but the main points are dealt with during the rest of this article. Unfortunately it is our own common use of word like Borrower and Lender that has mislead people into thinking a mortgage is a loan when they should be referred to as Mortgagor and Mortgagee respectively. The property has a lien, which is the legal ownership of the property by the mortgagee until the agreement between the two parties has been fulfilled.

This is the collateral or the security for the mortgagee who has provided the security instrument. Being a legal contract, the lien will be lodged within the records at the county or city courthouse (or a similar public office). While the property is owned now by the mortgagor, the lien cannot be reversed until the amount specified in the debt is paid off. What this means is that even though the mortgagee has possession of the mortgage he is not the owner of the property nor does he have the title.

The only right that your mortgage gives to the mortgagee over your property is to sell it to recover funds in the case that you do not pay off your debt. When this happens, the procedure that follows is called foreclosure but even at this stage it is required to go through the courts first. This procedure is carried out in order for it to be legally recognized and can be referred to as Judicial Foreclosure. For the sake of clarity this is only a brief description of a much more complex subject but it should have helped explain the basic subject.
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