I am reading about a personal finance situation in which "A 78 year old widow wanted to help her nephew raise money on the security of her house, provided she can remain there for life.

I'd like to better understand the meaning of that quote "raise money on the security of the house."

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It means using the house as collateral when taking out a loan. The common types of secured loans would be mortgages and "equity release" loans.

If the loan is not repaid when it is due, the lender can repossess the house and force its sale in order to repay the loan.

The use of the word "security" is being used to make it clear that the house is being used as collateral. You can take out a bank loan, for instance to make improvements to a home, without using it as security.

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