A Trust Deed or a Deed of Trust is often a document that home owners take out in order to secure a debt, which is much like a mortgage expect with a few key differences. Unlike a mortgage, a Deed of Trust involves three separate parties, the homeowner, lender, and the trustee, and does not use a judicial foreclosure procedure. Not all states use mortgages and not all states use Deeds of Trusts, so it important to find out which one your state uses.
Home owners take out Deeds of Trust in order to secure their debt, by going into a contract with a lender who uses the home as collateral. The trustee is the third party, independent from either the home owner or the lender which holds the deed to the home until the agreement is fulfilled. There are two possibilities, the first is that the loan is paid off and the deed goes back into the hands of the home owner, the second is that the home goes into foreclosure.