mortgage

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the mortgage section

Fire Insurance

Before a mortgage can be advanced, the purchaser must have arranged fire insurance. A certificate or binder from the insurance company may be required on closing.

Firm Offer

An offer to buy the property as outlined in the offer to purchase with no conditions attached.

First Mortgage

The mortgage agreement which has first claim on the property in the event of default.

First Time Home Buyer

An individual purchasing their first home, likely with the support of a mortgage.

Fixed Rate Mortgage

A mortgage for which the rate of interest is fixed for a specific period of time (the term).

Floating Rate of Interest

Rate of interest which fluctuates according to prime lending rates, eg. 2% above prime rate usually chargeable on short term loans such as construction loans.

Flood Insurance

Insurance that compensates for physical property damage resulting from flooding. It is required for properties located in federally designated flood areas.

Escrow

An item of value, money, or documents deposited with a third party to be delivered upon the fulfillment of a condition. For example, the earnest money deposit is put into escrow until delivered to the seller when the transaction is closed.

Estate

The ownership interest of an individual in real property. The sum total of all the real property and personal property owned by an individual at time of death.

Default

Failure to make the mortgage payment within a specified period of time. For first mortgages or first trust deeds, if a payment has still not been made within 30 days of the due date, the loan is considered to be in default.

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