The written evidence that proves the right of ownership of a specific piece of property.
Protection for lenders or homeowners against financial loss resulting from legal defects in the title.
An investigation into the history of ownership of a property to check
for liens, unpaid claims, restrictions or problems, to prove that the
seller can transfer free and clear ownership.
Total Debt Ratio
Monthly debt and housing payments, divided by gross monthly
income, to prove that the seller can transfer free and clear ownership.
A federal law requiring a disclosure of credit terms using a
standard format. This is intended to facilitate comparisons between the
lending terms of different financial institutions.
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.