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Glossary of Real Estate terms used by Baja Real Estate Group's website.

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Term Definition
Mandatory Delivery Commitment

An agreement that a lender will deliver loans or securities by a certain date at agreed-upon terms.

Margin

The number of percentage points the lender adds to the index rate to calculate the ARM interest rate at each adjustment.

Market Value

The amount a willing buyer would pay a willing seller for a home. An appraised value is an estimate of the current fair market value.

Maturity

The date when the principal balance of a loan becomes due and payable.

Median Price

The price of the house that falls in the middle of the total number of homes for sale in that area.

Medium Term Notes

Unsecured general obligations of Fannie Mae with maturities of one day or more and with principal and interest payable in U.S. dollars.

Merged Credit Report

Raw data pulled from two or more of the major credit-reporting firms.

Mexican Bank Trust

Also known as a Fideicomisio, it is a contract trust between two parties by which one of them transfers ownership of its goods so that it is managed to the benefit of a third party. In 1973 there was a constitutional amendment called Foreign Investment Law which allowed foreigners to purchase land in the borders and coasts by way of a Trust through a Mexican Bank (Fideicomiso). This trust assures the buyer all the rights and privileges of Ownership and can be sold, inherited, leased, or transferred at any time. Since 1994 the Foreign Investment Law stipulates that the Fideicomiso must be to a 50 year term with a 50 year renewal anytime with a petition. If you have purchased a property with a Bank Trust you can stay with the remaining time of that trust or you can apply to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for a new 50 + 50 year period.

Mexico Real Estate

Land and all physical property on, below or attached to the land in the country of Mexico. Houses, sewers, trees and fences are all real estate.

Mitigation

Term usually used to refer to various changes or improvements made in a home; for instance, to reduce the average level of radon.

Mortgage

A lien on the property that secures the Promise to repay a loan. A security agreement between the lender and the buyer in which the property is collateral for the loan. The mortgage gives the lender the right to collect payment on the loan and to foreclose if the loan obligations are not met.

Mortgage Acceleration Clause

A clause allowing a lender, under certain circumstances, demand the entire balance of a loan is repaid in a lump sum. The acceleration clause is usually triggered if the home is sold, title to the property is changed, the loan is refinanced or the borrower defaults on a scheduled payment.

Mortgage Banker

Acompany that originates loans and resells them to secondary mortgage lenders like Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac.

Mortgage Broker

A firm that originates and processes loans for a number of lenders.

Mortgage Insurance

A policy that protects lenders against some or most of the losses that can occur when a borrower defaults on a mortgage loan; mortgage insurance is required primarily for borrowers with a down payment of less than 20% of the home's purchase price. Insurance purchased by the buyer to protect the lender in the event of default. Typically purchased for loans with less than 20 percent down payment. The cost of mortgage insurance is usually added to the monthly payment. Mortgage insurance is maintained on conventional loans until the outstanding amount of the loan is less than 80 percent of the value of the house or for a set period of time (7 years is common). Mortgage insurance also is available through a government agency, such as the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) or through companies (Private Mortgage Insurance or PMI).

Mortgage Insurance Premium (MIP)

A monthly payment -usually part of the mortgage payment - paid by a borrower for mortgage insurance.

Mortgage Interest Deduction

The interest cost of a mortgage, which is a tax - deductible expense. The interest reduces the taxable income of taxpayers.

Mortgage Life and Disability Insurance

Term life insurance bought by borrowers to pay off a mortgage in the event of death or make monthly payments in the case of disability. The amount of coverage decreases as the principal balance declines. There are many different terms of coverage determining amounts of payments and when payments begin and end.

Mortgage Modification

A loss mitigation option that allows a borrower to refinance and/or extend the term of the mortgage loan and thus reduce the monthly payments.

Mortgage Note

A legal document obligating a borrower to repay a loan at a stated interest rate during a specified period; the agreement is secured by a mortgage that is recorded in the public records along with the deed.

Mortgage Qualifying Ratio

Used to calculate the maximum amount of funds that an individual traditionally may be able to afford. A typical mortgage qualifying ratio is 28:36.

Mortgage Score

A score based on a combination of information about the borrower that is obtained from the loan application, the credit report, and property value information. The score is a comprehensive analysis of the borrower's ability to repay a mortgage loan and manage credit.

Mortgage-Backed Security (MBS)

A Fannie Mae security that represents an undivided interest in a group of mortgages. Principal and interest payments from the individual mortgage loans are grouped and paid out to the MBS holders.

Mortgagee

The lender in a mortgage agreement. Mortgagor - The borrower in a mortgage agreement.

Mortgagor

The borrower in a mortgage agreement.

Multifamily Housing

A building with more than four residential rental units.

Multiple Listing Service (MLS)

Within the Metro Columbus area, Realtors submit listings and agree to attempt to sell all properties in the MLS. The MLS is a service of the local Columbus Board of Realtors®. The local MLS has a protocol for updating listings and sharing commissions. The MLS offers the advantage of more timely information, availability, and access to houses and other types of property on the market.