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the charging of real (or personal) property by a debtor to a creditor as security for a debt (especially one incurred by the purchase of the property), on the condition that it shall be returned on payment of the debt within a certain period.
Home ownership is something many Americans just like you strive for. It can be a rewarding experience that helps you achieve both personal and financial goals.
A mortgage loan, also referred to as a mortgage, is used by purchasers of real property to raise funds to buy real estate; by existing property owners to raise funds for any purpose while putting a lien on the property being mortgaged. The loan is "secured" on the borrower's property. This means that a legal mechanism is put in place which allows the lender to take possession and sell the secured property ("foreclosure" or "repossession") to pay off the loan in the event that the borrower defaults on the loan or otherwise fails to abide by its terms. The word mortgage is derived from a "French Law" term used by English lawyers in the Middle Ages meaning "death pledge", and refers to the pledge ending (dying) when either the obligation is fulfilled or the property is taken through foreclosure. Mortgage can also be described as "a borrower giving consideration in the form of a collateral for a benefit (loan).
If you already own your own home, you understand the value and security property ownership brings. Because your home is an investment you're paying off over time, you may have already accrued valuable equity in your property. Often, that equity can be leveraged to improve your home, improve your lifestyle, or help you realize other dreams you may have.
While mortgage rates continue to be at historic lows, there's never been a better time to buy.
If this is your first time buying a home take comfort knowing that we will provide you with all the information, sound advice, and assistance you need, every step of the way. Let us help you understand the options available to you at this important stage in your life.
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