How Many Mortgages or Liens Can You Have on Your House?

Dreaming of accessing more of your home’s equity but already sporting two mortgages? The alluring concept of a “3rd mortgage” might cross your mind. In today’s article I’ll share with you the top 5 pros and cons you should consider in making your decision to get multiple mortgages or liens.

Technically, you can have multiple liens on your house in addition to mortgages. Liens can arise for various reasons, such as home equity loans, lines of credit, tax liens, or judgments.

Each lien represents a legal claim against the property and its value, and they can coexist with mortgages. It’s important for you to be mindful of the potential implications and risks associated with accumulating multiple liens, as these can impact your financial standing and the ability to access future credit if that’s important for you.

What’s the difference between a mortgage and a lien?

The Mortgage

A mortgage is a specific type of financial arrangement in which a borrower obtains a loan from a lender to purchase real estate.

The property being purchased serves as collateral for the loan. If the borrower fails to repay the loan, the lender has the right to foreclose on the property, selling it to recover the outstanding debt.

Mortgages are typically used to finance the purchase of a home, and they involve a contractual agreement outlining the terms of the loan, including interest rates, repayment schedule, and other conditions.

The Lien

A lien is a legal right or interest that a lender has in the borrower’s property to secure a debt or obligation.

Liens can arise for various reasons, not just in the context of a mortgage. Common types of liens include mechanic’s liens, tax liens, and judgment liens.

The existence of a lien does not necessarily mean that the property is being used as collateral for a loan. Liens can be placed on a property for unpaid taxes, outstanding debts, or other legal obligations.

Top 5 Pros and Cons of a 3rd Mortgage


  1. A 3rd mortgage can be a lifeline, injecting much-needed cash into your financial veins. Whether it’s tackling that home renovation, consolidating high-interest debt, or funding your child’s education, this additional loan can bridge the gap.
  2. Unlike selling your property or tapping into retirement savings, a 3rd mortgage lets you hold onto your cherished home. It’s a temporary solution that keeps your dream alive while providing immediate financial relief.
  3. Depending on the purpose of the loan, interest payments on a 3rd mortgage might be tax-deductible. Consult with a financial advisor to explore this potential advantage.
  4. Lenders offer various 3rd mortgage options, including home equity loans, home equity lines of credit (HELOCs), and piggyback loans. Each has its own unique terms and repayment structures, allowing you to tailor the loan to your specific needs.
  5. A savvy real estate investor might be willing to work with you on a more personalized solution, offering competitive rates and flexible terms that traditional lenders might not. (Hint: keep reading!)


  1. Adding another layer of debt can be risky. Before considering a 3rd mortgage, ensure you can comfortably handle the additional monthly payments without compromising your existing financial commitments.
  2. 3rd mortgages typically come with higher interest rates than primary or secondary mortgages. This can significantly increase the total cost of the loan over time.
  3. Defaulting on any of your mortgages can lead to foreclosure, putting your home at risk. Ensure you have a solid plan to manage all your loan payments before taking on additional debt.
  4. With each mortgage, your home equity shrinks. This can impact your ability to refinance or negotiate better terms on future loans.
  5. Taking on any additional debt can initially dip your credit score. Be aware of the potential impact on your borrowing power in the future.

Working with an Investor

As a trusted real estate investor in Utah, I understand the challenges homeowners face. That’s why I offer creative financing solutions, including personalized 3rd mortgage options designed to meet your specific needs. With competitive rates, flexible terms, and a dedication to helping you achieve your financial goals, I can be your guide just call or text me at 801-382-9199.

When you call we can discuss your situation and explore personalized solutions that unlock your home’s financial potential without jeopardizing your ownership. Together, we can navigate the complexities of 3rd mortgages and find a path forward that empowers you to achieve your financial goals with confidence.

Gary Parker

I was a part owner in an electrical contracting firm in the late 1990’s and started to get interested in real estate around 2001. My business partner and I bought our first rental property in 2002. From there we did several real estate transactions until we decided to close the electrical business and part ways. In 2009 I started Gary Buys Houses which is owned by my wife, Eileen, and I. I felt like I could offer one on one personal service to people that wanted to sell their house quickly or not worry about repairs and such. Today, I have built a reputation of being fair and honest with people no matter their situation, so the business continues to help people and be successful. I have been married for 34 years, and have one son, two step sons and 4 grandchildren. I like to travel and spend time in Southern Utah exploring.

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