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Primary Mortgage Market

Definition of "Primary mortgage market"

Mortgage market in which original loans are made by lenders. The market is made up with lenders who supply funds directly to borrowers and hold the mortgage until the debt is paid. Examples are savings and loans, commercial banks, mutual savings banks, and mortgage companies. The primary market is contrasted to the secondary mortgage market, which involves buying and selling of first mortgages by banks, insurance companies, and other mortgagees to free money for new loans.

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