An Alaska Deed of Trust is a guarantee between a lender and a borrower – while installing a trustee as an intermediary – that pledges the interest in a parcel of real property to secure the proceeds of a loan, or promissory note.
An Alaska Deed of Trust is commonly used by lenders and requires the borrower to provide title to the property being acquired as collateral for the loan amount. An Alaska Deed of Trust is sometimes called an Alaska Trust Deed.
How does an Alaska Deed of Trust work?
The lender loans the borrower a certain amount of money for the purchase of a piece of property. Through the application of an Alaska Deed of Trust, the borrower will then transfer title of the property to an independent trustee, who will hold the title until the debt is repaid to the lender.
Once the note is paid in full, the trustee will then assign the title to the borrower. If the debt is not repaid, the lender notifies the trustee, who then implements non-judicial foreclosure proceedings to recover the debt.
Similarities and differences between an Alaska Deed of Trust and an Alaska Mortgage Deed
- An Alaska Mortgage Deed and an Alaska Deed of Trust are similar in that both act as security for the repayment of a loan by liens placed on the property.
- When taking out a Mortgage in Alaska, there are only two parties involved – a lender and a borrower. An Alaska Deed of Trust, however, is comprised of three parties – a lender, a borrower and a trustee.
- When taking out an Alaska Mortgage Deed, if the borrower cannot repay the loan, the lender will commence judicial foreclosure, file a lawsuit against the borrower and take the case to court, costing everyone involved a lot of time and money. With an Alaska Deed of Trust, the trustee, once notified of delinquency on the note, will start non-judicial foreclosure proceedings to recoup the lender’s investment without the added expense of going to court.
- Both Mortgage Deeds in Alaska and Alaska Deeds of Trust, once transferred, must be recorded in the local records office and are in the public domain.
An Alaska Deed of Trust is a viable alternative to a Mortgage in Alaska because of the non-judicial foreclosure process used when borrowers cannot repay the note on the property. Non-judicial foreclosure, when compared to the judicial foreclosure process used when taking out a Mortgage in Alaska, saves all parties the certainty of excessive legal fees and lengthy court proceedings.
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