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Jack Guttentag's Mortgage Encyclopedia includes more raw information helpful to understanding the language, terms, and structure of a commercial or home mortgage than any other book on the market.
The book is organized just the way it says - as an encyclopedia, in alphabetical order by topic. There is a useful index/table of contents up front which make it possible to quickly check to see if your topic of interest or one related to it is included in the book, and then each of those topics are given from a paragraph to a couple of pages of definition or explanation. For mathematical concepts all sorts of clearly explained charts are presented, and every topic is easy to understand for even a complete amateur.
If you are looking at generating or getting into a conventional or even somewhat nonconventional financing instrument, you will find what you are looking for in this book. If the book has a weakness or omission, it is that there is really no information on getting mortgages through private lenders, venture capitalists, or nonconventional sources (as happens to be my business).
Nonetheless, both mortgage professionals as well as anyone interested in fully understanding the terms of their own mortgages and lending instruments stands to learn a great deal by reading through this book, or simply using it as a reference tool for individual items and terms. Highly recommended.