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A mortgage given by a buyer in lieu of cash when the buyer is unable to borrow commercially for the purchase of property.
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A mortgage in which the home buyer borrows from the seller instead of, or in addition to, a bank or thrift. Purchase-money mortgages usually are made when the buyer cannot qualify for an ordinary home loan due to lack of credit or income. Alternately, a seller may offer a purchase-money mortgage in a mortgage-takeover agreement, that is, when the sale price of the home is equal to what remains on the seller's own mortgage.
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