Warehouse Lending

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DEFINITION of 'Warehouse Lending'

A line of credit extended by a financial institution to a loan originator to fund a mortgage that a borrower initially used to buy a property. The loan typically lasts from the time it is originated to when the loan is sold into the secondary market, whether directly or through a securitization.

INVESTOPEDIA EXPLAINS 'Warehouse Lending'

Loan originators depend on the eventual sale of a loan to repay the warehouse lender; therefore, warehouse lenders closely monitor each loan's progression with the originator toward its eventual sale. To ensure the repayment of warehouse lines of credit, warehouse lenders typically require a small charge for each transaction as well as for when the originators post collateral.

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