Glossary

Key terms

While working with your mortgage company, it’s important to understand the mortgage terms that may be used so you can have a better (and easier) discussion with your mortgage company.

Hardship

A hardship is the reason why a homeowner is having trouble making their mortgage payments, such as job loss, medical emergency or illness, divorce, etc. A hardship may be short term (less than 6 months) or long term (more than 6 months). When contacting your mortgage company or a housing counselor for assistance, homeowners may be required to demonstrate/explain any hardship they are experiencing.

Hazard Insurance

Insurance coverage that pays for the loss or damage on a person's home or property (due to fire, natural disasters, etc.).

Home Equity Line of Credit

A way of borrowing money against the equity or assets that the homeowner has in the home to pay for things such as home repairs, college education, or other personal uses.

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