Thinking of Buying a Home

What is a mortgage?

A mortgage involves an agreement between a lender and a borrower where the lender decides to loan the borrower money to purchase property under the condition that the borrower promises to repay the loan and provides that land as security for their payment of the loan; when the loan is repaid in full, the lender will release the property to the borrower. If the borrower defaults on that loan, the lender may take its security (the property) in order to satisfy the debt owing to it. In the event of a default on that loan, the liability may not be fully satisfied by the sale of the property and the borrower may therefore be responsible for the payment of the shortfall. Mortgages are the primary means by which people finance the purchase or their homes.

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