Deed of Trust

You form a Deed of Trust between a lender and a home buyer or borrower. Its purpose is to ensure that the borrower will repay the loan. At the same time, all the property-related responsibilities will remain within the lender's hold until the borrower completes their repayment.

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A Deed of Trust's purpose is to ensure that the borrower will repay a debt associated with a property. According to this deed, while the repayment is ongoing, the lender will continue to hold the property. 

What Is a Deed of Trust?

Three parties are involved in a Deed of Trust:

  • The lender, who remains fully responsible for the property.
  • The borrower, who is mandated to repay the loan or debt.
  • The trustee, who ensures neutrality and is the legal titleholder.

The trustee must remain an impartial party since the trustee will need to compensate for the buyer eventually defaulting by selling the property. 

Other Names for Deed of Trust

Unlike many other documents and agreements, a Deed of Trust will always be referred to by that name and have no alternative titles.

Who Needs a Deed of Trust?

A Deed of Trust is essential for lenders conducting property transactions. This deed provides additional security when settling debts and ensures that the lender gets their funds back if they fail to repay the loan. 

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Creating a Deed of Trust will require the three parties – the lender, borrower, and trustee – to agree to the terms of the deed and provide all the relevant information. Once all parties read and understand the terms, they'll need to sign the document to validate it. 

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What Information Will I Need to Create My Deed of Trust?

To create your document, please provide:

  • Trustor Information: Details about the party repaying the debt.
  • Beneficiary Information: Details of the lender.
  • Trustee Information: Details on the neutral third party holding the property title.
  • Details on the Loan: The amount initially loaned to the trustor.
  • Property Description: Details on the property which the trustee will have.
  • Actions in Case of Default: What will happen should the trustor default.
  • Signatures: All parties need to sign the agreement.

Deed of Trust Terms

  • Premises: The real estate property which the trustee has the right to sell.
  • Event of Default: Trustor's failure to repay the loan or debt.
  • Advancements: The beneficiary has the right to add advances to the principal if the trustor doesn't fulfill their obligations as defined by the deed.
  • Severability: If the Deed of Trust happens to contain any invalid portions, those won't affect the rest of the document's validity.

Deed of Trust Signing Requirements

A Deed of Trust transfers the property title to a trustee and imposes certain obligations to all parties involved. As a binding document, this deed requires all parties to read and confirm the deed terms before signing the document to validate it.

What to Do With Your Deed of Trust?

All parties should ensure they've read and understood all clauses of the Deed of Trust before signing the document. 

The beneficiary (also called Lender, Borrower, or Grantor) must provide their signature and the date of signing on the document in the presence of a notary. Upon signing, the parties involved should each keep a copy of the deed. The trustor will also give the beneficiary a promissory note, which the trustor must sign. 

A county clerk will need to make a record of the deed.

Frequently Asked Questions

A Deed of Trust differs from a mortgage primarily concerning foreclosure. In the case of a mortgage, the lender will need to apply to a court to resolve the matter, while with a Deed of Trust, the foreclosure will be nonjudicial. Mortgages will also require more expenses and time for foreclosure, while a Deed of Trust will be faster and require less overall effort. 

Finally, a mortgage will involve two parties, while a Deed of Trust will introduce a third party in the form of the trustee. 

Most states will handle foreclosure without court involvement. This is because they grant the trustee power of sale, allowing them to enact foreclosure directly.

In a Deed of Trust, possible lenders can include the property seller, private investors or mortgage companies, family members, or friends.

Potential trustors can be home or property buyers, professional property flippers, companies or organizations who want to buy an office, family members, or friends. 

While banks have traditionally been the go-to lenders, private mortgages and Deeds of Trust have become a relatively popular alternative to bank loans. This is because banks and other financial institutions often impose strict conditions on the lender, while all parties have greater flexibility in the case of a Deed of Trust. 

The possibility to form a Deed of Trust between family members and close friends is especially beneficial since they can resolve the debt through more creative means. This way, the interested parties can adjust repayment periods, interest rates, and down payments.

From the borrower's perspective, an additional benefit comes to those who would have trouble qualifying for a bank loan. This may include self-employed persons, property flippers, college graduates, and people whose credit history might disqualify them from taking a traditional loan. 

On the other hand, you should note that this form of lending carries certain risks both for lenders and borrowers. The lender could always default, and the borrowers might not cover the loan through foreclosure.

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