Deeds of trust are very commonly used in the purchase of a home or real estate. Many may not be aware of the fact that deeds of trust are different from mortgages. Although they may be similar, they are still not the same thing. The main difference between deeds of trust and mortgages is that deeds of trust involve a trustee that handles everything.
A mortgage is the actual description of the real estate that you own or are purchasing. If you had to take out a loan to purchase the property, the lender will have a lien on your property until the loan is paid off. A lien means that the lender and you both own the property until the loan is paid in full. If you default on the loan agreement, the lender can foreclose and take the property from you and sell it as they see fit.