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What is a “subject to” mortgage?

This is a sale where the seller is not paying off the existing mortgage, but rather having the new buyer pay the mortgage obligations. That means the seller maintains the responsibility of paying off the loan, but the buyer has agreed to make mortgage payments on behalf of the original seller.

A great alternative financing option, a subject to mortgage can tip the scale in buyers’ favor, but only when carried out responsibly and with the proper knowledge of how to proceed. This also can work as a filler solution to a sale that needs a little more time/money/repair for traditional financing. Often misunderstood, subject to mortgages are not as complex as many initially assumed. If for nothing else, few people are actually aware of what a subject to mortgage is, but the answer is in the name. In its simplest form, the “subject to” in a subject to mortgage refers to the loan that’s already in place. When you purchase a property subject to, you are essentially buying the home subject to the existing mortgage — that’s really all there is to it.

Subject to strategies aren’t all that common, but you will find that they can be useful in certain circumstances. Distressed sellers, for example, may be willing to sell subject to if they want to rid themselves of a property immediately. On the other hand, buyers will tend to favor subject to when the interest rates on the existing loan are lower than the current market rates. Read more about it here.