Mortgage is a legal tool that pledges a real estate property as repayment in order to obtain a loan. Even though a person does not have enough funds to buy a property outright in cash, he can do so through mortgage. Mortgage provides the guarantee that the loan will be paid back on time. How so? Should the borrower fail to pay for the loan, the lender may recover the amount of loan by foreclosure and sale of the mortgaged property.
A note, specifying the financial terms of a loan agreement is one part of the mortgage lending process. The second part, the mortgage paper describes the legal specifics of the property and further promises the property as guarantee for the repayment of the loan.
Mortgage lenders are usually banks, credit union or other financing institutions. These lenders mostly require the borrower to put up a certain amount of cash as down payment for the purchase. If the borrower aims to buy a 200,000-dollar-home, he has to pay first the required down payment of $10,000 from his own funds then apply for a mortgage loan in the amount of $190,000 to cover the difference.
Lending firms are quite strict on granting mortgage loans. ...