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the mortgage section

Down Payment

The part of the purchase price of a property that the buyer pays in cash and does not finance with a mortgage.


A right of way giving persons other than the owner access to or over a property.

Effective Interest Rate

The actual interest rate on investment where a debt or loan was bought at discount or at a premium.


The difference between the price for which a property could be sold and the total amount owing on it.


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.


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.

Credit Rating

A credit rating is an evaluation of the likelihood of a borrower to default on a loan.

Credit Score

An assessment used to evaluate the amount of "risk" involved in a credit transaction, established from the analysis of information provided in a consumer’s application, the potential loan, and the consumer’s credit report.


A person to whom money is owed.

Debt Consolidation

The replacement of multiple loans with a single loan, often with a lower monthly payment and a longer repayment period.

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