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Definition of "Kicker"

An income feature added to a mortgage whereby the mortgagee earns income in addition to the mortgage interest and principal payments. Also called an equity kicker, a kicker allows the mortgagee to participate in income from the mortgagor. For example, an individual buys an office condominium from a corporation selling the office unit. the corporation agrees to provide the purchaser with a mortgage if a kicker is included whereby the corporation would receive 10% of all the business profits the purchaser would earn.

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