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  • Writer's pictureColin Dubel

First Mortgage vs. Second Mortgage & Their Advantage & Disadvantages

A first mortgage or trust deed is a loan that is secured by a property and has first priority in the event of foreclosure. This means that in the event of default, the lender of the first mortgage or trust deed has the first right to be paid from the proceeds of the sale of the property, before any other lenders or liens on the property are paid. A second mortgage or trust deed, on the other hand, is a loan that is secured by the same property, but has lower priority than the first mortgage or trust deed in the event of foreclosure. This means that the lender of the second mortgage or trust deed will only be paid from the proceeds of the sale of the property after the first mortgage or trust deed lender has been fully paid.


Advantages of a First Mortgage or Trust Deed:

  • Lower Interest Rates: First mortgages or trust deeds usually have lower interest rates than second mortgages or trust deeds because the lender has a lower risk of default.

  • Priority in Foreclosure: The lender of the first mortgage or trust deed has the first right to be paid from the proceeds of the sale of the property in the event of default, which makes the loan less risky for the lender.

Disadvantages of a First Mortgage or Trust Deed:

  • Harder to Qualify: First mortgages or trust deeds generally require a higher credit score and a larger down payment than second mortgages or trust deeds.

  • Longer Application Process: The application process for a first mortgage or trust deed can be longer and more complicated than for a second mortgage or trust deed.

Advantages of a Second Mortgage or Trust Deed:

  • Access to Additional Funds: A second mortgage or trust deed can provide access to additional funds for home improvements, debt consolidation, or other purposes.

  • Easier to Qualify: Second mortgages or trust deeds generally have lower credit score requirements and smaller down payment requirements than first mortgages or trust deeds.

Disadvantages of a Second Mortgage or Trust Deed:

  • Higher Interest Rates: Second mortgages or trust deeds generally have higher interest rates than first mortgages or trust deeds because they are riskier for the lender.

  • Lower Priority in Foreclosure: In the event of default, the lender of the second mortgage or trust deed will only be paid from the proceeds of the sale of the property after the first mortgage or trust deed lender has been fully paid, which makes the loan more risky for the lender.

If you have any questions about this article or would like to discuss a scenario of your own with our team, please feel free to contact Colin Dubel at colin@harborwestcommercial.com or 949-735-6415.

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