The laws vary from state to state on the terms of a deed of trust. California residents must follow the rules that are governed by their individual state. A deed of trust is used most frequently for the purchase of a home or real estate. There are three people involved in a deed of trust. They involve the borrower, the lender and a trustee.
The borrower is the person borrowing the money to make the purchase while the lender is the one giving the money or that owns the property and is selling it. The trustee is the person that is holding the deed to the property until the loan is fully paid. The trustee may be a title company or the property owner. Many times the property owner (lender) will hold the deed until the borrower has paid off the loan.