Understanding Mortgage Finance

In simple terms, mortgage financing is the process of providing finance to individuals and business entities, to secure properties, and the finance is repaid through timely and consecutive monthly instalments.

To understand the mortgage finance process, you must first try to understand the basic idea behind mortgages.

Mortgage – Definition

It is a legal agreement that conveys the conditional right of ownership of an asset or property by its owner (the mortgagor) to a lender (the mortgagee) as security for a loan with the condition that the conveyance of the title becomes void upon the repayment of the debt.

Are Mortgages Legally Enforceable?

Yes, they are. In order to be legally enforceable, the mortgage must be for a defined period, and the mortgagor must have the right of redemption on payment of the debt or on before the end of that term.

Why is Mortgage Finance Common?

Here is a list of why it is the most common type of debt instruments:

>> They have a lower rate of interest (because the loan is secured);

>> They are straight forward and have standard procedures; and

>> They have a reasonably long repayment period.

What is a Security Document?

The document by which the agreement is effected is called a “Mortgage Bill of Sale” or simply just a “mortgage.”

What are the Common Mortgage Finance Types?

Real Estate Mortgage – Virtually any legally owned property can be mortgaged, although real property (land and buildings) are the most common.

Chattel Mortgage – When personal property (appliances, cars, jewellery, etc.) is mortgaged, it is called a chattel mortgage.

Second Mortgage – There are situations where it is possible to obtain finance when there is already an existing mortgage associated with the property. It is not unusual for real estate laws to require that the holder of the first mortgage agree to the creation of a second mortgage.

Who has the Right of Possession?

For real property, vehicles, and equipment, etc., the right of possession and use of the mortgaged item normally remains with the mortgagor. But, the mortgagee has the right to take possession at any time to protect his/her security interest.

What Happens in the Event of a Default?

In the event of a default, the mortgagee can:

>> Appoint a receiver to manage the property (if it is a business property), or

>> Obtain a foreclosure for a court to take possession and sell the property.

Glossary of Common Terms Used

Mortgagor – the borrower of funds

Mortgagee – the lender/credit provider of funds (e.g. a bank or credit union, etc.)

First Mortgage – a mortgage that has priority over all mortgages and liens except those imposed by law

Second Mortgage – a mortgage that is subordinate to a first mortgage

So, now that you have read this information guide, you should have a good basic understanding of mortgage finance. It will help you in obtaining the right finance for your real-estate property.