Realty and Mortgage Terms and Definitions
UCC - Uniform Commercial Code.
Underlying Mortgage - Generally refers to the first mortgage when there is a wraparound mortgage.
Underwriting - Detailed process of evaluating a borrower's loan application to determine the risk involved for the lender. Underwriting usually involves an in-depth analysis of the borrower's credit history, as well as an examination of the value and quality of the subject property.
Underwriting Fee - A fee charged by some lenders to cover the cost of the lender's analysis of the risk associated with a loan. For our comparison purposes, an underwriting fee is considered to be a lender fee.
Undivided Interest - An ownership right to use and occupy property that is shared among more than one owner. No single co-owner may have exclusive rights or possession to any part of the property.
Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) - Group of laws that are applicable to commercial transactions. Only a few of the laws have relevance to real estate transactions.
Unsecured Loan - A loan that is not backed by collateral.