Glossary of Terms
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Repayment of your
loan amount through regular payments of both principal and interest,
calculated to pay off the loan after a fixed period of time.
Charges imposed on
the borrower to obtain a mortgage, expressed on an annualized basis
as an interest rate. It includes the interest rate, loan fees and
The time at which
loan documents and funds are signed and delivered to finalize the
funding of a loan. Sometimes called a settlement.
Expenses incurred to
finance a home loan and/or transfer ownership of real estate.
Person who agrees to
make loan payments, if you cannot fulfill your financial commitment.
Cash paid by the
home buyer towards the partial payment of a home's sales price.
Mortgage Association. A government-sponsored private corporation
that buys home loans from lenders and sells them to investors.
Administration. An agency within the Department of Housing and Urban
Development that provides mortgage insurance for home loans and sets
standards for construction and underwriting.
Increase in the
unpaid loan balance created when monthly payments do not cover both
principal and interest and unpaid interest is added to the principal
Upfront fee lenders
charge to reduce an interest rate. Each point typically equals 1
percentage point of the total amount of the loan.
Fee borrowers pay if
they pay off a loan during the early years of its term.
The original amount of money borrowed, not including interest owed.
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