Is ‘Mortgage’ Just Another Name For A Home Loan?

You should always discuss your borrowing risk with your accountant of Credit Adviser

No, it’s actually a little more than that.

It has become common to use the terms “mortgage” and “home loan” interchangeably, but it’s useful to understand the differences.

How a mortgage differs from a home loan

A loan is where someone lends you money to fund a purchase. There are two things that distinguish a mortgage from a loan.

Firstly, a mortgage is specifically used to finance the purchase of “real estate” – which means land, and any improvements to that land (e.g. houses, garages, sheds, etc).

The second thing that differentiates a mortgage from a home loan is that the borrower gives the Lender a lien on the property as collateral for the loan.

This means that if the borrower does not meet their repayment obligations, the Lender has the right to sell the property to recover the money you owe. This process is known as foreclosure.

How to avoid foreclosure

Foreclosure is a costly process – financially and emotionally. So it’s important that you borrow no more than you can comfortably repay.

You should always discuss your borrowing risk with your accountant of Credit Adviser. Make sure that you feel comfortable with an appropriate loan amount for you to borrow – try to ensure that you do not over-extend yourself financially.

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