Vendor's Lien Law & Legal Definition


A vendor's lien is the right of a seller to repossess the property sold until the buyer makes all payments for the full purchase price. The property is the collateral given as security to the seller for the purchase price. It is sometimes used in connection with a purchase money mortgage on real estate.

A purchase-money mortgage is a note secured by a mortgage or deed of trust given by a buyer, as borrower, to a seller, as lender, as part of the purchase price of the real estate. It is a method of financing a home in which buyer borrows from the seller instead of, or in addition to, a bank. It is sometimes used when a buyer cannot qualify for a bank loan for the full amount. It may also be referred to as seller financing or owner financing.