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Definition of encumbrance


Definition: An encumbrance, as it pertains to real estate, means anything that burdens title to the property. An encumbrance can be a mortgage (loan), a lien (voluntary or unvoluntary) an easement or a restriction that limits the title. An encumbrance can involve money, but not always. The saying is all liens are encumbrances, but not all encumbrances are liens.

At the time of writing, Elizabeth Weintraub, DRE # 00697006, is a Broker-Associate at Lyon Real Estate in Sacramento, California.

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