If you are lending money to someone to purchase real estate, you need to secure that loan with a mortgage on the property being purchased with these downloadable, customizable Mortgage Forms.
According to Wikipedia.com, the word 'mortgage' is French for 'death contract'. As ominous as that may sound, it merely means that the charge against the land which was created by the mortgage ends (dies) when the debt that it secures is paid or, alternatively, if the property is foreclosed.
Few individuals or businesses can afford to buy real estate without getting a loan to fund the purchase. Because the amount being borrowed is so high, the only collateral of sufficient value that can adequately secure the repayment of the debt is the property itself.