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Deed

A legal document which is signed by both the vendor and purchaser, transferring ownership. This document is registered as evidence of ownership.



Default

Failure to abide by the terms of a mortgage loan agreement. A failure to make mortgage payments (defaulting on the loan) may give cause to the mortgage holder to take legal action to possess (foreclose) the mortgaged property.



Deposit

Money placed in trust by the purchaser when an Offer to Purchase is made. The sum is held by the real estate representative or lawyer until the sale is closed, and then paid to the vendor.



Discharge of Mortgage

A document signed by the lender and given to the borrower when a mortgage loan has been repaid in full.



Down Payment

The portion of the house price the buyer must pay up front from personal resources, before securing a mortgage. It generally ranges from 5%-25% of the purchase price.



 

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