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What is a "Deed of Trust"?

UPDATED: August 27, 2013

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A deed of trust is a document similar to a mortgage in that both secure repayment of the loan you needed for your purchase, by placing a lien on the property. If you do not make the payments, the lender can foreclose on the property. Though the foreclosure process is different, as a practical matter, both the deed of trust and mortgage give the lender a security interest in the property.

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