Deed of Trust
Over half of the states in the United States use mortgages as security instruments. The other states use a deed of trust. which serves the same purpose, but with a few important differences.
- A deed of trust is a special kind of deed that is recorded in public records. where it tells everyone that there is a lien on your property.
- A deed of trust involves three parties. You are the trustor, the lender is the beneficiary, and a third party is the trustee--someone who holds temporary (but not full) title until the lien is paid.
- The trustee should be a neutral third party, someone who won't favor either you or the lender if problems crop up. In some states, attorneys act as trustees, and in others, title insurance companies often provide the service.
- The trustee cannot take your property for no
reason--documents are in place to protect against that.
- The deed of trust is cancelled when the debt is paid.
The differences between a mortgage and a deed of trust affect home buyers only when foreclosure is an issue, because the trustee has the power to sell the house if your loan becomes delinquent. The lender must give the trustee proof of the delinquency and ask the trustee to initiate foreclosure proceedings .
The trustee must progress as allowed by law and as dictated in your deed of trust, but the process bypasses the court system, making it a much faster and cheaper way for the lender to foreclose.
You cannot choose the way your loan is secured, that's determined by where you live, but it's important to have an understanding of the type of lien that secures the debt for your home.