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Negative Amortization: A loan payment schedule in which the outstanding principal balance of a loan goes up rather than down because the payments do not cover the full amount of interest due. The monthly shortfall in payment is added to the unpaid principal balance of the loan.

Non-Assumption Clause: A statement in a mortgage contract forbidding the assumption of the mortgage by another borrower without the prior approval of the lender.

Note: Legal document obligating a borrower to repay a loan at a stated interest rate during a specified period of time. The agreement is secured by a mortgage or deed of trust or other security instrument.

Notice of Default: Written notice to a borrower that a default has occurred and that legal action may be taken.

Notice of Pre-lien
: A document notifying the owner of real property that materials or services are being furnished to his real property, putting him on notice that the one sending it will look to have a lien against the real property if those materials or services are not paid for.