Foreclosures: The Note and Mortgage

Foreclosures: The Note and MortgageWhen a homeowner decides to buy a home he or she must obtain the finances to pay for the home. The homeowner usually goes to a financial institution, submits an application and if they are approved they receive a loan. There are two (2) parts to the loan them receive. The first part is a note.

The Note

The note is a written agreement that the financial institution is lending a homeowner money and it contains the homeowner’s agreement to repay the money. The note includes the terms and conditions of the repayment: such as whether the note is to be repaid in 15 years or 30 years. It also includes the rate of interest charged on the loan and the late charges, fees and expenses. In simple terms, a note is an IOU.

The Mortgage

The mortgage is a contract that gives the financial institution, lender, a lien on real property. In simple terms, the home is the collateral that secures the note for the financial institution. The terms of the mortgage spell out what the financial institution can do should the requirements of repayment in the note and mortgage are not met by the homeowner. What the mortgage lender usually does is they foreclose on the mortgage for the homeowner’s failure to make the timely, monthly payments required by the note.

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