Late Payment Charges

The penalty the homeowner must pay when a mortgage payment is made after the due date grace period.


A written agreement between a property owner and a tenant (resident) that stipulates the payment and conditions under which the tenant may occupy a home or apartment and states a specified period of time.

Lease Purchase (Lease Option)

Assists low to moderate income homebuyers in purchasing a home by allowing them to lease a home with an option to buy; the rent payment is made up of the monthly rental payment plus an additional amount that is credited to an account for use as a down payment.


A term referring to an person or company that makes loans for real estate purchases. sometimes referred to as a loan officer or lender.

Lender Option Commitments

An agreement giving a lender the option to deliver loans or securities by a certain date at agreed upon terms.


A person's financial obligations such as long-term / short-term debt, and other financial obligations to be paid.

Liability Insurance

Insurance coverage that protects against claims alleging a property owner's negligence or action resulted in bodily injury or damage to another person. it is normally included in homeowner's insurance policies.


A legal claim against property that must be satisfied when the property is sold. a claim of money against a property, wherein the value of the property is used as security in repayment of a debt. examples include a mechanic's lien, which might be for the unpaid cost of building supplies, or a tax lien for unpaid property taxes. a lien is a defect on the title and needs to be settled before transfer of ownership. a lien release is a written report of the settlement of a lien and is recorded in the public record as evidence of payment.

Lien Waiver

A document that releases a consumer (homeowner) from any further obligation for payment of a debt once it has been paid in full. lien waivers typically are used by homeowners who hire a contractor to provide work and materials to prevent any subcontractors or suppliers of materials from filing a lien against the homeowner for nonpayment.

Life Cap

A limit on the range interest rates can increase or decrease over the life of an adjustable-rate mortgage (arm).

Line of Credit

An agreement by a financial institution such as a bank to extend credit up to a certain amount for a certain time to a specified borrower.

Liquid Asset

A cash asset or an asset that is easily converted into cash.

Listing Agreement

A contract between a seller and a real estate professional to market and sell a home. a listing agreement obligates the real estate professional (or his or her agent) to seek qualified buyers, report all purchase offers and help negotiate the highest possible price and most favorable terms for the property seller.


Money borrowed that is usually repaid with interest.

Loan Acceleration

An acceleration clause in a loan document is a statement in a mortgage that gives the lender the right to demand payment of the entire outstanding balance if a monthly payment is missed.

Loan Fraud

Purposely giving incorrect information on a loan application in order to better qualify for a loan; may result in civil liability or criminal penalties.

Loan Officer

A representative of a lending or mortgage company who is responsible for soliciting homebuyers, qualifying and processing of loans. they may also be called lender, loan representative, account executive or loan rep.

Loan Origination Fee

A charge by the lender to cover the administrative costs of making the mortgage. this charge is paid at the closing and varies with the lender and type of loan. a loan origination fee of 1 to 2 percent of the mortgage amount is common.

Loan Servicer

the loan servicer is responsible for processing your monthly payments, paying the taxes on the property, paying the homeowner insurance policy and processes any yearly tax documents or mortgage interest rate changes (in the case of an arm loan).  the loan servicer could be the bank or mortgage company that you received the home loan from, or it could be a third-party company that has been contracted to handle these steps.

Loan to Value (LTV) Ratio

A percentage calculated by dividing the amount borrowed by the price or appraised value of the home to be purchased; the higher the ltv, the less cash a borrower is required to pay as down payment.


Since interest rates can change frequently, many lenders offer an interest rate lock-in that guarantees a specific interest rate if the loan is closed within a specific time.

Lock-in Period

The length of time that the lender has guaranteed a specific interest rate to a borrower.

Loss Mitigation

A process to avoid foreclosure; the lender tries to help a borrower who has been unable to make loan payments and is in danger of defaulting on his or her loan