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M - Glossary and terms for mortgages and loans

Margin

An amount, usually a percentage, which is added to the index to determine the interest rate for adjustable rate mortgages.

Market Value

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.

Minimum Payment

The minimum amount that you must pay, usually monthly, on a home equity loan or line of credit. In some plans, the minimum payment may be "interest only," (simple interest). In other plans, the minimum payment may include principal and interest (amortized).

MIP (Mortgage Insurance Premium)

It is insurance from FHA to the lender against incurring a loss on account of the borrower's default.

Mortgage

A legal document that pledges to the lender as security for payment of a debt.

Mortgage Insurance

Money paid to insure the mortgage when the down payment is less than 20 percent. See private mortgage insurance, FHA mortgage insurance.

Mortgage Loan

A loan which utilizes real estate as security or collateral to provide for repayment should you default on the terms of your loan. The mortgage or Deed of Trust is your agreement to pledge your home or other real estate as security.

Mortgagee

The lender in a mortgage loan transaction.

Mortgagor

The borrower in a mortgage loan transaction.



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