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Difference Between Deed Of Trust And Mortgage

Aug 7, 2008
When owning a home it is important to be familiar with and understand the different terms and documents that are used in matters of real estate law. These documents vary from state to state and it is wise to do significant research into the real estate law of your state before buying a home.

A major difference of real estate documentation is, if the state uses a deed of trust or mortgages. The deed of trust involves three parties and makes the process of foreclosure faster and easier. A deed of trust is much similar to a mortgage.

When home owners take out a mortgage they make a deal between themselves and the lender. The deed of the home remains in the possession of the home owner throughout the mortgage proceedings. If the home owner defaults in payment or does not maintain his end of the mortgage agreement, the lender will have to go through the rather lengthy procedure of foreclosure.

Mortgages are taken out as a way to secure debt against the home or for other reasons that will depend upon the home owner and their unique situation. Mortgages are made between two people, the lender and the home owner

A deed of trust is different than a mortgage in that it requires three parties; the homeowner, lender, and the trustee. The trustee is responsible for holding the title until the initial agreement is fulfilled, either by the home owner completing all of the payments or the lender having to foreclose on the property. The process of foreclosure on a deed of trust home is an easier process than a home with a mortgage.

When a home owner with a deed of trust defaults to make payments, then the lender may initiate the foreclosure process as this does not involve the courts. Such a quick and low cost foreclosure facilitates the lender to regain any losses accrued at the earliest, whereas a mortgage requires a judicial foreclosure and needs the intervention of courts.

The differences between mortgages and deeds of trust may seem negligible but the differences that do exist can be of great importance to home owners. Before buying a home see if your state uses mortgages or deeds of trust. If you are uncomfortable with a mortgage then do not buy a home in a state that does not use deeds of trust. The same is true if you are uncomfortable with deeds of trust. You cannot choose which document you get to use so find out which states use one or the other.

Make sure you understand your legal rights and obligations when you chose deed of trust home ownership so that you can avoid having your home foreclosed. Unlike mortgage home ownership, the lender will take you to the court first and so you may have very little time to fight the proceedings of judicial foreclosure.
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Donthi Anand has authored Home Mortgages e-book. Find more informative articles on Deeds Of Trust and also get a free special report on Mortgage Insurance.
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