7/23 and 5/25 Mortgages
Mortgages with a one-time rate adjustment after seven years and five years, respectively.
3/1, 5/1, 7/1, and 10/1 ARMs
Adjustable-rate mortgages in which rate is fixed for three-year, five-year, seven-year, and ten-year periods respectively but may adjust annually after that.
The right of the mortgagee (lender) to demand the immediate repayment of the mortgage loan balance upon the default of the mortgagor (borrower) or by using the right vested in the Due on Sale Clause.
Adjustable-Rate Mortgage (ARM)
A mortgage in which the interest rate is adjusted periodically based on a pre-selected index. Also sometimes known as a renegotiable-rate mortgage, variable rate mortgage, or Canadian rollover mortgage.
The cost of a property, plus the value of any capital expenditures, for improvements to the property minus any depreciation taken.
The date that the interest rate changes on an adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM).
On an adjustable-rate mortgage, the time between changes in the interest rate and/or monthly payment are typically one, three, or five years depending on the index.
The period elapsing between adjustment dates for an adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM).
An analysis of a buyer’s liabilities and available funds; considers the type of mortgage you plan to use, the area where you want to purchase a home, and the closing costs that are likely.
Loan payment divided into equal periodic payments calculated to pay off the debt at the end of a fixed period, including accrued interest on the outstanding balance.
The length of time required to amortize the mortgage loan expressed as a number of months. For example, 360 months is the amortization term for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage.
Annual Percentage Rate (APR)
The measurement of the full cost of a loan, including interest and loan fees expressed as a yearly percentage rate. Because all lenders apply the same rules in calculating the annual percentage rate, it provides consumers with a good basis for comparing the cost of different loans.
An estimate of the value of property made by a qualified professional called an “appraiser;” based on an appraiser’s knowledge experience and analysis of the property.
A local tax levied against a property for a specific purpose, such as a sewer or streetlights.
The transfer of a mortgage from one person to another.
An assumable mortgage can be transferred from the seller to the new buyer. Generally, requires a credit review of the new borrower, and lenders may charge a fee for the assumption. If a mortgage contains a due-on-sale clause, it may not be assumed by a new buyer.
The agreement between buyer and seller where the buyer takes over the payments on an existing mortgage from the seller. Assuming a loan can usually save the buyer money, since this is an existing mortgage debt unlike a new mortgage where closing costs and new (possibly higher) market rate interest charges will apply.
The fee paid to a lender (usually by the purchaser of real property) when an assumption takes place.
A loan which is amortized for a longer period than the term of the loan. Usually this refers to a 30-year amortization and a five or seven-year term. At the end of the term of the loan the remaining outstanding principal on the loan is due. This final payment is known as a balloon payment.
The final lump sum paid at the maturity date of a balloon mortgage.
Biweekly Payment Mortgage
A plan to reduce the debt every two weeks (instead of the standard monthly payment schedule). The 26 (or possibly 27) biweekly payments are each equal to one half of the monthly payment required if the loan were a standard 30-year fixed-rate mortgage. The result for the borrower is a substantial savings in interest.
A mortgage covering at least two pieces of real estate as security for the same mortgage.
One who applies for and receives a loan in the form of a mortgage with the intention of repaying the loan in full.
A second trust that is collateralized by the borrower’s present home, allowing the proceeds to be used to close on a new house before the present home is sold. Also known as a “swing loan.”
An individual in the business of assisting in arranging funding or negotiating contracts for a client, but who does not loan the money himself. Brokers usually charge a fee or receive a commission for their services.
When the lender and/or the home builder subsidized the mortgage by lowering the interest rate during the first few years of the loan. While the payments are initially low, they will increase when the subsidy expires.
The amount of cash derived over a certain period of time from an income-producing property. The cash flow should be large enough to pay the expenses of the income producing property (mortgage payment, maintenance, utilities, etc.).
Consumer safeguards which limit the amount of change to the interest rate for an adjustable-rate mortgage.
Consumer safeguards which limit the amount of change to the monthly payments for an adjustable-rate mortgage.
Certificate of Eligibility
The document given to qualified veterans which entitles them to VA-guaranteed loans for homes, businesses, and mobile homes. Certificates of Eligibility may be obtained by sending form DADA (Separation Paper) to the local VA office with VA form 1880 (Request for Certificate of Eligibility).
Certificate of Reasonable Value (CRV)
An appraisal issued by the Veterans Administration showing the property’s current market value.
Certificate of Veteran Status
The document given to veterans or reservists who have served 90 days of continuous active duty (including training time). It may be obtained by sending DD 214 to the local VA office with form 26-8261a (Request for Certificate of Veteran Status). This document enables veterans to obtain lower down payments on certain FHA insured loans.
The frequency (in months) of payment and/or interest rate changes in an adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM).
The meeting between the buyer, seller, and lender (or their agents) where the property and funds legally change hands; also called settlement. Closing costs usually include an origination fee, discount points, appraisal fee, title search, insurance survey, taxes, deed, recording fee, credit report charge, and other costs assessed at settlement. The costs of closing are typically about three to six percent of the mortgage amount.
Expenses over and above the price of the property that are incurred by buyers and sellers when transferring ownership of a property. Closing costs normally include an origination fee, property taxes, charges for title insurance and escrow costs, appraisal fees, etc. Closing costs will vary according to the area, county, and the lenders used.
Property pledged as security to a debt. If the borrower fails to repay the loan, the lender may gain ownership of the collateral and sell it to recover the money.
A short-term loan to pay for the construction of buildings or homes. These are usually designed to provide periodic disbursements to the builder as he or she progresses.
Consumer Reporting Agency (or Bureau)
An organization that handles the preparation of reports used by lenders to determine a potential borrower’s credit history. The agency gets data for these reports from a credit repository and other sources.
Contract Sale or Deed
A contract between purchaser and a seller of real estate to convey title after certain conditions have been met. It is a form of installment sale.
A mortgage not insured by FHA or guaranteed by VA.
A provision in an ARM allowing the loan to be converted to a fixed-rate loan at some point during the term. Usually, conversion is allowed at the end of the first adjustment period. The conversion feature may have an additional cost.
A report documenting the credit history and current status of a borrower’s credit standing.
Credit Risk Score
A credit risk score is a statistical summary of the information contained in a consumer’s credit report. The most well-known type of credit risk score is the Fair Isaac or FICO score. This form of credit scoring is a mathematical summary calculation that assigns numerical values to various pieces of information in the credit report. The overall credit risk score is highly relative in the credit underwriting process for a mortgage loan.
The ratio expressed as a percentage which results when a borrower’s monthly payment obligation on long term debts is divided by his or her gross monthly income. See housing expenses-to-income ratio.
Deed of Trust
In many states, this document is used in place of a mortgage to secure the payment of a note.
Failure to meet legal obligations in a contract, specifically failure to make the monthly payments on a mortgage.
When a mortgage is written with a monthly payment that is less than required to satisfy the note rate, the unpaid interest is deferred by adding it to the loan balance. See negative amortization.
Failure to make payments on time. This can lead to foreclosure.
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
An independent agency of the federal government which guarantees long-term, low- or no down payment mortgages to eligible veterans.
Money paid to make up the difference between the purchase price and the mortgage amount.
A provision in a mortgage or deed of trust that allows the lender to demand immediate payment of the balance of the mortgage if the mortgage holder sells the home.
Money given by a buyer to a seller as part of the purchase price to bind a transaction or assure payment.
The VA home-loan benefit is called an entitlement (i.e., entitlement for a VA guaranteed home loan). This is also known as eligibility.
Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA)
A federal law that requires lenders and other creditors to make credit equally available without discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, marital status, or receipt of income from public assistance programs.
The difference between the fair-market value and current indebtedness, also referred to as the owner’s interest. The value an owner has in real estate over and above the obligation against the property.
An account held by the lender into which the home buyer pays money for property tax or insurance payments. Also, earnest deposits held pending loan closing.
The escrow funds dispensed to pay real estate taxes, hazard insurance, mortgage insurance, and other property expenses as they become due.
The portion of a mortgagor payment which is held to pay hazard insurance, mortgage insurance, lease payments, and other items as they become due.
See Federal National Mortgage Association.
Farmers Home Administration (FmHA)
Provides financing to farmers and other qualified borrowers who are unable to obtain loans elsewhere.
Federal Home Loan Bank Board (FHLBB)
The former name for the regulatory and supervisory agency for federally chartered savings institutions. The agency is now called the Office of Thrift Supervision.
Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (FHLMC) also called “Freddie Mac”
A government-sponsored entity that purchase conventional mortgages from insured depository institutions and HUD-approved mortgage bankers.
Federal Housing Administration (FHA)
A division of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Its main activity is to insure residential mortgage loans made by private lenders. FHA also sets standards for underwriting mortgages.
Federal National Mortgage Association (FNMA) also known as “Fannie Mae”
A government-sponsored entity that purchases and sells conventional residential mortgages, as well as those insured by FHA or guaranteed by VA.
A loan insured by the Federal Housing Administration open to all qualified home purchasers. While there are limits to the size of FHA loans, they are generous enough to handle moderately priced homes almost anywhere in the country.
FHA Mortgage Insurance
Requires a fee (up to 2.25 percent of the loan amount) paid at closing to insure the loan with FHA. In addition, FHA mortgage insurance requires an annual fee of up to 0.5 percent of the current loan amount, paid in monthly installments. The lower the down payment, the more years the fee must be paid.
A promise by FHA to insure a mortgage loan for a specified property and borrower. A promise from a lender to make a mortgage loan.
The primary lien against a property.
The monthly payment due on a mortgage loan, including payment of both principal and interest.
The mortgage interest rate will remain the same on these mortgages throughout the term of the mortgage for the original borrower.
Fully Amortized ARM
An adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) with a monthly payment that is sufficient to amortize the remaining balance at the interest accrual rate over the amortization term.
A legal process by which the lender or the seller forces a sale of a mortgaged property because the borrower has not met the terms of the mortgage. Also known as a repossession of property.
See Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation
See Government National Mortgage Association
Government National Mortgage Association (GNMA) Also known as “Ginnie Mae”
A government-sponsored entity that provides sources of funds for residential mortgages insured or guaranteed by FHA or VA.
Graduated Payment Mortgage (GPM)
A type of flexible payment mortgage where the payments increase for a specified period of time and then level off. This type of mortgage has negative amortization built in.
A promise by one party to pay a debt or perform an obligation contracted by another if the original party fails to pay or perform according to a contract.
A mortgage that is guaranteed by a third party.
A form of insurance in which the insurance company protects the insured from specified losses such as fire, windstorm, and the like.
An insurance policy that includes hazard coverage, covering loss or damage to property, as well as coverage for personal liability and theft.
Housing Expenses-to-Income Ratio
The ratio expressed as a percentage which results when a borrower’s housing expenses are divided by his/her gross monthly income. See debt-to-income ratio.
A document that provides an itemized listing of the funds that are payable at closing. Items that appear on the statement include real estate commissions, loan fees, points, and initial escrow amounts. Each item on the statement is represented by a separate number within a standardized numbering system. The totals at the bottom of the HUD-1 statement define the seller’s net proceeds and the buyer’s net payment at closing.
The portion of a borrower’s monthly payments held by the lender or servicer to pay for taxes, hazard insurance, mortgage insurance, lease payments, and other items as they become due. Also known as reserves.
A published interest rate against which lenders measure the difference between the current interest rate on an adjustable-rate mortgage and that earned by other investments (such as one, three, and five-year U.S. Treasury security yields, the monthly average interest rate on loans closed by savings and loan institutions, and the monthly average costs-of-funds incurred by savings and loans) which is then used to adjust the interest rate on an adjustable mortgage up or down.
The sum of the published index plus the margin. For example, if the index is 4% and the margin is 2.75%, the indexed rate would be 6.75%. Often lenders charge less than the indexed rate the first year of an adjustable-rate mortgage.
Initial Interest Rate
This refers to the original interest rate of the mortgage at the time of closing. This rate changes for an adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM). It’s also known as “start rate” or “teaser.”
The regular periodic payment that a borrower agrees to make to a lender.
A mortgage that is protected by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) or by private mortgage insurance (PMI).
The fee charged for borrowing money.
Interest Accrual Rate
The percentage rate at which interest accrues on the mortgage. In most cases, it is also the rate used to calculate the monthly payments.
An adjustable-rate mortgage that allows borrowers to pay only the interest for a specified period of time. Interest-only mortgages are considered risky.
Interest Rate Buydown Plan
An arrangement that allows the property seller to deposit money to an account. That money is then released each month to reduce the mortgagor’s monthly payments during the early years of a mortgage.
Interest Rate Ceiling
The maximum interest rate for an adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) as specified in the mortgage note.
Interest Rate Floor
The minimum interest rate for an adjustable rate mortgage (ARM) as specified in the mortgage note.
A construction loan made during completion of a building or a project. A permanent loan usually replaces this loan after completion.
A money source for a lender.
A loan which is larger than the limits set by the Federal National Mortgage Association and the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation. Because jumbo loans cannot be funded by these two agencies, they usually carry a higher interest rate.
The penalty a borrower must pay when a payment is made a stated number of days after the due date.
Lease-Purchase Mortgage Loan
An alternative financing option that allows low- and moderate-income home buyers to lease a home with an option to buy. Each month’s rent payment consists of principal, interest, taxes, and insurance (PITI) payments on the first mortgage, plus an extra amount that accumulates in a savings account for a down payment.
A person’s financial obligations. Liabilities include long-term and short-term debt.
A claim upon a piece of property for the payment or satisfaction of a debt or obligation.
Lifetime Payment Cap
A limit on the amount that payments can increase or decrease for an adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) over the life of the mortgage.
Lifetime Rate Cap
A limit on the amount that the interest rate can increase or decrease for an adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) over the life of the loan. See cap.
A sum of borrowed money (principal) that is generally repaid with interest.
The relationship between the amount of the mortgage loan and the appraised value of the property expressed as a percentage.
A lender’s guarantee that the mortgage rate quoted will be good for a specific number of days from the day of application.
The amount a lender adds to the index on an adjustable-rate mortgage to establish the adjusted interest rate.
The highest price that a buyer would pay and the lowest price a seller would accept on a property. Market value may be different from the price a property could actually be sold for at a given time.
The date on which the principal balance of a loan becomes due and payable.
Mortgage Insurance Premium (MIP)
Insurance from FHA to the lender against incurring a loss on account of the borrower’s default.
Monthly Fixed Installment
The portion of the total monthly payment that is applied toward principal and interest. When a mortgage negatively amortizes, the monthly fixed installment does not include any amount for principal reduction and doesn’t cover all of the interest. The loan balance therefore increases instead of decreasing.
A legal document that pledges a property to the lender as security for payment of a debt.
A company that originates mortgages for resale in the secondary mortgage market.
An individual or company that charges a service fee to bring borrowers and lenders together for the purpose of loan origination.
Money paid to insure the mortgage when the down payment is less than 20 percent. See private mortgage insurance FHA mortgage insurance.
Mortgage Life Insurance
A type of term life insurance. In the event that the borrower dies while the policy is in force, the mortgage debt is automatically paid by insurance proceeds.
The borrower or homeowner.
When your monthly payments are not large enough to pay all the interest due on the loan. This unpaid interest is added to the unpaid balance of the loan. The home buyer ends up owing more than the original amount of the loan.
Net Effective Income
The borrower’s gross income minus federal income tax.
A statement in a mortgage contract forbidding the assumption of the mortgage without the prior approval of the lender.
A legal document that obligates a borrower to repay a mortgage loan at a stated interest rate during a specified period of time.
Office of Thrift Supervision (OTS)
The regulatory and supervisory agency for federally chartered savings institutions. Formally known as Federal Home Loan Bank Board
One-Year Adjustable-Rate Mortgage
Mortgage where the annual rate changes yearly. The rate is usually based on movements of a published index plus a specified margin chosen by the lender.
The fee charged by a lender to prepare loan documents make credit checks inspect and sometimes appraise a property; usually computed as a percentage of the face value of the loan.
A property purchase transaction in which the party selling the property provides all or part of the financing.
Payment Change Date
The date when a new monthly payment amount takes effect on an adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) or a graduated-payment mortgage (GPM). Generally, the payment date change occurs in the month immediately after the adjustment date.
Periodic Payment Cap
A limit on the amount that payments can increase or decrease during any one adjustment period.
Periodic Rate Cap
A limit on the amount that the interest rate can increase or decrease during any one adjustment period, regardless of how high or low the index might be.
A long-term mortgage usually ten years or more. Also called an “end loan.”
Principal, interest, taxes, and insurance. Also called monthly housing expense.
The four components of a monthly mortgage payment. Principal refers to the part of the monthly payment that reduces the remaining balance of the mortgage. Interest is the fee charged for borrowing money. Taxes and insurance refer to the monthly cost of property taxes and homeowners’ insurance whether these amounts are paid into an escrow account each month or not.
Pledged Account Mortgage (PAM)
Money is placed in a pledged savings account and this fund, plus earned interest, is gradually used to reduce mortgage payments.
Points (Loan Discount Points)
Prepaid interest assessed at closing by the lender. Each point is equal to one percent of the loan amount (e.g., two points on a $100,000 mortgage would cost $2,000).
Power of Attorney
A legal document authorizing one person to act on behalf of another.
The process of determining how much money you will be eligible to borrow before you apply for a loan.
Necessary to create an escrow account or to adjust the seller’s existing escrow account. Can include taxes, hazard insurance, private mortgage insurance, and special assessments.
A privilege in a mortgage permitting the borrower to make payments in advance of their due date.
Money charged for an early repayment of debt. Prepayment penalties are allowed in some form (but not necessarily imposed) in many states.
Primary Mortgage Market
Lenders, such as savings and loan associations, commercial banks, and mortgage companies who make mortgage loans directly to borrowers. These lenders sometimes sell their mortgages to the secondary mortgage markets such as FNMA or GNMA, etc.
The amount of debt, excluding interest, left on a loan.
Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI)
In the event that you do not have a 20 percent down payment, lenders will allow a smaller down payment – as low as three percent in some cases. With the smaller down payment loans, borrowers are usually required to carry PMI. PMI will usually require an initial premium payment and may require an additional monthly fee depending on your loan’s structure.
Calculations used to determine if a borrower can qualify for a mortgage. They consist of two separate calculations: a housing expense as a percent-of-income ratio, and total debt obligations as a percent-of-income ratio.
A commitment issued by a lender to a borrower or another mortgage originator guaranteeing a specified interest rate and lender costs for a specified period of time.
A real estate broker or an associate holding active membership in a local real estate board affiliated with the National Association of Realtors.
Real Estate Agent
A person licensed to negotiate and transact the sale of real estate on behalf of the property owner.
Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA)
RESPA is a federal law that allows consumers to review information on known or estimated settlement costs once after application and once prior to, or at settlement. The law requires lenders to furnish the information after application only.
The cancellation of a contract. With respect to mortgage refinancing, the law that gives the homeowner three days to cancel a contract, in some cases once it is signed, if the transaction uses equity in the home as security.
Money paid to the lender for recording a home sale with the local authorities, thereby making it part of the public records.
Obtaining a new mortgage loan on a property already owned, often to replace existing loans on the property.
Renegotiable Rate Mortgage
A loan in which the interest rate is adjusted periodically. See adjustable-rate mortgage.
Reverse Annuity Mortgage (RAM)
A form of mortgage in which the lender makes periodic payments to the borrower using the borrower’s equity in the home as collateral for and repayment of the loan.
A credit arrangement, such as a credit card that allows a customer to borrow against a preapproved line of credit when purchasing goods and services.
Satisfaction of Mortgage
The document issued by the mortgagee when the mortgage loan is paid in full. Also called a “release of mortgage.”
A mortgage made subsequent to another mortgage and subordinate to the first one.
Secondary Mortgage Market
The place where primary mortgage lenders sell the mortgages they make to obtain more funds to originate more new loans. It provides liquidity for the lenders.
The property that will be pledged as collateral for a loan.
Seller Carry Back
An agreement in which the owner of a property provides financing, often in combination with an assumable mortgage. See owner financing.
An organization that collects principal and interest payments from borrowers and manages borrower escrow accounts. The servicer often services mortgages that have been purchased by an investor in the secondary mortgage market.
All the steps and operations a lender performs to keep a loan in good standing, such as collection of payments, payment of taxes, insurance, property inspections, and the like.
See closing/closing costs
Shared Appreciation Mortgage (SAM)
A mortgage in which a borrower receives a below market interest rate in return for which the lender (or another investor such as a family member or other partner) receives a portion of the future appreciation in the value of the property. May also apply to mortgages where the borrowers share the monthly principal and interest payments with another party in exchange for part of the appreciation.
Interest which is computed only on the principal balance.
Standard Payment Calculation
The method used to determine the monthly payment required to repay the remaining balance of a mortgage in substantially equal installments over the remaining term of the mortgage at the current interest rate.
Step Rate Mortgage
A mortgage that allows for the interest rate to increase according to a specified schedule (i.e., seven years) resulting in increased payments as well. At the end of the specified period the rate and payments will remain constant for the remainder of the loan.
A measurement of land prepared by a registered land surveyor showing the location of the land with reference to known points, its dimensions, and the location and dimensions of any buildings.
Equity created by a purchaser performing work on a property being purchased.
Third Party Origination
When a lender uses another party to completely or partially originate, process, underwrite, close, fund, or package the mortgages it plans to deliver to the secondary mortgage market.
A document that gives evidence of an individual’s ownership of property.
A policy usually issued by a title insurance company which insures a home buyer against errors in the title search. The cost of the policy is usually based on the value of the property and is often borne by the purchaser and/or seller. Policies are also available to protect the lender’s interests.
An examination of municipal records to determine the legal ownership of property. Usually is performed by a title company.
Total Expense Ratio
Total obligations as a percentage of gross monthly income, including monthly housing expenses, plus other monthly debts.
Truth in Lending
A federal law requiring disclosure of the Annual Percentage Rate to home buyers shortly after they apply for the loan. Also known as Regulation Z.
A mortgage in which the borrower receives a below-market interest rate for a specified number of years (most often seven or 10) and then receives a new interest rate adjusted (within certain limits) to market conditions at that time. The lender sometimes has the option to call the loan due with 30 days’ notice at the end of seven or 10 years. Also called “Super Seven” or “Premier” mortgage.
The decision whether to make a loan to a potential home buyer based on credit, employment, assets, and other factors and the matching of this risk to an appropriate rate and term or loan amount.
Interest charged in excess of the legal rate established by law.
A long-term, low- or no down-payment loan guaranteed by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Restricted to individuals qualified by military service or other entitlements.
VA Mortgage Funding Fee
A premium of up to 1-7/8 percent (depending on the size of the down payment) paid on a fixed-rate loan. On a $75,000 fixed-rate mortgage with no down payment, this would amount to $1,406, either paid at closing or added to the amount financed.
Variable Rate Mortgage (VRM)
See adjustable-rate mortgage
Verification of Deposit (VOD)
A document signed by the borrower’s financial institution verifying the status and balance of his/her financial accounts.
Verification of Employment (VOE)
A document signed by the borrower’s employer verifying his/her position and salary.
Many mortgage firms must borrow funds on a short-term basis in order to originate loans which are to be sold later in the secondary mortgage market (or to investors). When the prime rate of interest is higher on short-term loans than on mortgage loans, the mortgage firm has an economic loss, which is offset by charging a warehouse fee.
Results when an existing, assumable loan is combined with a new loan resulting in an interest rate somewhere between the old rate and the current market rate. The payments are made to a second lender or the previous homeowner who then forwards the payments to the first lender, after taking the additional amount off the top.