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4. General Information

(a) Contract Clauses - View Entire Section

(XVII) Financing Information - View Subsection
(7) Seller To Take Back First Mortgage

It is recommended that preparation of all seller-take-back mortgages be referred to the seller’s lawyer.

Seller To Take Back First Mortgage Clause

The Seller will take back a first mortgage, in a form acceptable to the Seller (which form will be provided by the Seller on or before (date) and approved by the Buyer on or before (date) , in the amount of $ (amount) at an interest rate of % per annum calculated (select either half-yearly or monthly) , not in advance, with a ___year amortization period and ___year term and repayable in blended payments of $ (amount) per month including principal and interest (plus 1/12 of the annual taxes, if required by the Seller).

The mortgage will provide that if the Buyer disposes of or agrees to dispose of the property, the full balance will immediately become due and payable at the Seller’s option. The Seller will draw and register the mortgage at the Buyer’s cost.

The Buyer hereby consents to the Seller obtaining a credit report on the Buyer. Subject to the Seller approving the Buyer’s credit report on or before (date).

This condition is for the sole benefit of the Seller.

NOTE: If the seller is being asked to carry a second mortgage, it is important that the listing agent find out the terms and amount of the first mortgage the buyer is contemplating. The licensee must disclose the amount of the first mortgage when writing subject clauses regarding seller-take-back mortgages. See also ‘‘Additional Mortgage/Agreement for Sale Clauses.’’ Otherwise, the seller may be inadequately secured.

Ω If not using the standard form Contract of Purchase and Sale, refer to ‘‘Contracts under Seal’’.

If the seller has not sought legal advice before signing the offer, a subject clause such as the one found below should be added allowing him or her to obtain such advice.

Lawyer’s Approval of Financing Terms Clause

Subject to the Seller’s lawyer approving the financing terms and conditions on or before (date)

This condition is for the sole benefit of the Seller.