Sending good vibes to you, brookew_01.
I'm here to help you with setting up an account fora mortgage loan in QuickBooks Desktop.
You can set up a mortgage account then enter the loan amount as an opening balance. After that, edit the checks you wrote to allocate them.
To set up a mortgage account:
You can get detailed information in this article: https://quickbooks.intuit.com/community/Help-Articles/Set-up-a-mortgage/m-p/202617.
If you wish to affect the mortgage account and the asset account, you can do this through journal entry, however, the assistance of an accountant is a must.
You may find this article helpful: https://quickbooks.intuit.com/community/Help-Articles/Manually-track-loans/td-p/201281.
Hope I helped you get all straightened out today. Let me know if you have other questions about mortgage loan in QuickBooks Desktop. You can always count on me.