How to Create a Mortgage Note

A mortgage note is a promissory note secured by a mortgage or deed of trust. The promissory note spells out the terms of the loan including the loan amount, monthly payments, interest rate, and length of the loan.

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Seller financing provides a means for real estate owners and investors to access a larger pool of buyers and set their own loan terms. This process requires the creation of a mortgage note, which consists of two parts: a promissory note and a security instrument.

What is the difference between a promissory note and a mortgage note?

A promissory note is a promise to pay a loan according to the agreed terms. Promissory notes are used in all types of secured and unsecured loans. A mortgage note is a promissory note secured by a lien on real property.

The two primary types of liens used are a mortgage and a deed of trust. Both of these security instruments guarantee repayment of the mortgage loan.

Deed of Trust

A deed of trust is a security instrument held by a trust and administered by an impartial third party known as a trustee, until the note is paid in full. When the note is paid, the trustee dissolves the trust and removes the lien from the property.

In the event of a default, the trustee pursues a non-judicial foreclosure, which is typically faster and less costly than a judicial foreclosure. In a non-judicial foreclosure, the trustee may initiate the sale of the property without involving the court system.


A mortgage is a security instrument held by the noteholder. If the borrower pays the loan in full, the noteholder is responsible for removing the lien from the property. In the event of a default, the note holder must obtain a decree of foreclosure from a court action in order to initiate the foreclosure process.

What to Include on a Mortgage Note

The Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) has provided model mortgage notes as a guideline to show what should be included. It is important to ensure your terms and conditions are unambiguous and that they are profitable for you while still being fair to the borrower.

Identifying Information

The note should include the full name of each borrower and any co-signers that will be responsible for the repayment of the loan. It should also include the name of the legal name of the noteholder. If this is a business entity, the name of the business should be listed.

The property address must be included. Optionally, you can also include the legal description. The form should also include a promise to repay.

Loan Terms

The terms of the loan should be clearly defined and include the following:

Payment Information

Payment information includes the following:

Default Procedures

The note should clearly explain the procedures that will be followed in the event of a default, including information about the following:

The Security Instrument

The note should mention whether a deed of trust or mortgage being used and how this may impact a property transfer, default, or payoff.


Every borrower and co-signer, as well as the noteholder or any party authorized to sign on behalf of the noteholder, should sign the note. These signatures should be notarized.

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How can Deed Street Capital help?

Financing a mortgage loan can be risky. Selling your mortgage note frees you of the risks inherent in carrying a loan while also allowing you to receive a lump sum payment, which can be used to fund other investments. Contact us today to find out what your mortgage note is worth.