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Glossary

Get definitions on the mortgage terms that may come up throughout your loan process, as well as any specific mortgage terms that may be unfamiliar to you. CLS FInancial wants to ensure that you have a complete understanding of the transaction.

Our mortgage glossary will help you to speak to mortgage professionals with confidence.

Glossary

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There are 9 names in this directory beginning with the letter D.
Debt
Money owed to repay someone.

Deed of Trust
A document, used in many states in place of a mortgage, held by a trustee pending repayment of the loan. The advantage of a deed of trust is that the trustee does not have to go to court to proceed with foreclosure should the borrower default on the loan.

Default
The inability to make timely monthly mortgage payments or otherwise comply with mortgage terms. A loan is considered in default when payment has not been paid after 60 to 90 days. Once in default the lender can exercise legal rights defined in the contract to begin foreclosure.

Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
The U.S. government agency that administers FHA, GNMA and other housing programs.

Discount Points
Amounts paid to the lender based on the loan amount to buy the interest rate down. Each point is one percent of the loan amount; for example, two points on a $100,000 mortgage is $2,000.

Down Payment
The amount of the purchase price that the buyer pays at the time of closing. Generally, lenders require a specific down payment in order to qualify for a mortgage.

Down Payment Assistance Program (DPA)
Down Payment Assistance Programs are funds given to buyers to assist with the purchase of a home. Buyers do not have to repay these funds. To learn what types of DPA programs are available, ask your lender about local programs available in your area.

Due-on-Sale
A clause in a mortgage or deed of trust allowing a lender to require immediate payment of the balance of the loan if the property is sold (subject to the terms of the security instrument).

Duplex
Dwelling divided into two units.