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Escrow Terms & Phrases

Terms and Phrases is Chicago Title's Glossary of definitions, meanings, and descriptions of significance for some of our industry's most often used terms and phrases.


Variable Interest Rate
An interest rate which fluctuates as the prevailing rate moves up or down. In mortgages there are usually maximums as to the frequency and amount of fluctuation. Also called "flexible interest rate".
Vested
Present ownership rights, absolute and fixed. Modernly, ownership rights, even though on a land contract or subject to a mortgage or deed of trust.
Veteran’s Administration (VA) Loans
Housing loans to veterans by banks, savings and loans, or other lenders which are insured by the Veteran’s Administration, enabling veterans to buy a residence with little or no down payment.
Voluntary Lien
A lien placed against real property by the voluntary act of the owner. Most commonly, a mortgage or deed of trust.
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