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A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

A

Abandonment - The voluntary relinquishment of rights of ownership or another interest (such as easement) by failure to use the property, coupled with an intent to abandon (give up the interest).

Abatement - A reduction or decrease. Usually applies to a decrease of assessed valuation of ad valorem taxes after the assessment and levy.

Absentee Landlord - A lessor of real property (usually the owner) who does not live in a portion of the property.

Absentee Owner - An owner of property who does not occupy said property.

Abstract - A summary or abridgment. Before the use of photo-static copying, public records were kept by abstracts of recording documents.

Abstract of Title - A compilation of the recorded documents relating to a parcel of land, from which an attorney may give an opinion as to the condition of title. Still in use in some states, but giving way to the use of title insurance.

Acceleration Clause - Clause used in a note and mortgage (or deed of trust) which gives the lender the right to demand payment in full upon the happening of a certain event, such as failure to pay an installment by a certain date, change of ownership without the lender's consent, destruction of the property or other event which endangers the security of the loan.

Accrued Interest - The interest earned for the period of time that has elapsed since interest was last paid.

Acre - A measure, usually of land, equal to 160 square rods (43,560 sq. ft) in any shape.

Addendum - Something added. A list or other material added to a document, letter, contractual agreement, escrow instructions, etc.

Adjusted Sale Price - An appraisal term used when a comparable property's sale price is adjusted to reflect the value of the subject property. The adjustment is made based on the differences between the subject property and comparable property in time of sale, terms of sale, location and physical characteristics.

Ad Valorem - "According to the value". A method of taxation using the value of the thing taxed to determine the amount of tax. Taxes can be either "Ad Valorem" or "Specific".

A-Frame - A type of construction usually found in resort areas. The exterior framing of the building is shaped like the letter A.

Alienation clause - A provision in a document giving a person the right to transfer or forbidding him from transferring the property which is the subject of the document.

Alternative Financing - Mortgages at a lower than market rate, such as adjustable rate, graduated payment and buy down mortgages.

B     (index)

Balance Sheet - A financial statement that shows assets, liabilities, and net worth as of a specific date.

Balloon Mortgage - A mortgage that has level monthly payments that will amortize it over a stated term but that provides for a lump sum payment to be due at the end of an earlier specified term.

Balloon Payment - The final lump sum payment that is made at the maturity date of a balloon mortgage.

Bankrupt - A person, firm, or corporation that, through a court proceeding, is relieved from the payment of all debts after the surrender of all assets to a court-appointed trustee.

Bankruptcy - A proceeding in a federal court in which a debtor who owes more than his or her assets can relieve the debts by transferring his or her assets to a trustee.

Before-Tax Income - Income before taxes are deducted.

Beneficiary - The person designated to receive the income from a trust, estate, or a deed of trust.

Binder - A preliminary agreement, secured by the payment of an earnest money deposit, under which a buyer offers to purchase real estate.

Biweekly Payment Mortgage - A mortgage that requires payments to reduce the debt every two weeks (instead of the standard monthly payment schedule). The 26 (or possibly 27) biweekly payments are each equal to one-half of the monthly payment that would be required if the loan were a standard 30-year fixed-rate mortgage, and they are usually drafted from the borrower's bank account. The result for the borrower is a substantial savings in interest.

Bond - An interest-bearing certificate of debt with a maturity date. An obligation of a government or business corporation. A real estate bond is a written obligation usually secured by a mortgage or a deed of trust.

Breach - A violation of any legal obligation.

Bridge Loan - A form of second trust that is collateralized by the borrower's present home (which is usually for sale) in a manner that allows the proceeds to be used for closing on a new house before the present home is sold. Also known as "swing loan."

Broker - A person who, for a commission or a fee, brings parties together and assists in negotiating contracts between them.

Buy-down Mortgage - A temporary buy-down is a mortgage on which an initial lump sum payment is made by any party to reduce a borrower's monthly payments during the first few years of a mortgage. A permanent buy-down reduces the interest rate over the entire life of a mortgage.

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Call Option - A provision in the mortgage that gives the mortgagee the right to call the mortgage due and payable at the end of a specified period for whatever reason.

Cap - A provision of an adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) that limits how much the interest rate or mortgage payments may increase or decrease.

Capital Improvement - Any structure or component erected as a permanent improvement to real property that adds to its value and useful life.

Cash-out Refinance - A refinance transaction in which the amount of money received from the new loan exceeds the total of the money needed to repay the existing first mortgage, closing costs, points, and the amount required to satisfy any outstanding subordinate mortgage liens. In other words, a refinance transaction in which the borrower receives additional cash that can be used for any purpose.

Certificate of Reasonable Value (CRV) - A document issued by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that establishes the maximum value and loan amount for a VA mortgage.

Certificate of Title - A statement provided by an abstract company, title company, or attorney stating that the title to real estate is legally held by the current owner.

Chain of Title - The history of all of the documents that transfer title to a parcel of real property, starting with the earliest existing document and ending with the most recent.

Change Frequency - The frequency (in months) of payment and/or interest rate changes in an adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM).

Clear Title - A title that is free of liens or legal questions as to ownership of the property.

Closing - A meeting at which a sale of a property is finalized by the buyer signing the mortgage documents and paying closing costs. Also called "settlement." Closing Cost Item - A fee or amount that a homebuyer must pay at closing for a single service, tax, or product. Closing costs are made up of individual closing cost items such as origination fees and attorney's fees. Many closing cost items are included as numbered items on the HUD-1 statement.

Closing Costs - Expenses (over and above the price of the property) incurred by buyers and sellers in transferring ownership of a property. Closing costs normally include an origination fee, an attorney's fee, taxes, an amount placed in escrow, and charges for obtaining title insurance and a survey. Closing costs percentage will vary according to the area of the country.

Closing Statement - Also referred to as the HUD1. The final statement of costs incurred to close on a loan or to purchase a home.

Cloud on Title - Any conditions revealed by a title search that adversely affect the title to real estate. Usually clouds on title cannot be removed except by a quitclaim deed, release, or court action.

Collateral - An asset (such as a car or a home) that guarantees the repayment of a loan. The borrower risks losing the asset if the loan is not repaid according to the terms of the loan contract.

Collection - The efforts used to bring a delinquent mortgage current and to file the necessary notices to proceed with foreclosure when necessary.

Co-maker - A person who signs a promissory note along with the borrower. A co-maker's signature guarantees that the loan will be repaid, because the borrower and the co-maker are equally responsible for the repayment. See endorser.

Commission - The fee charged by a broker or agent for negotiating a real estate or loan transaction. A commission is generally a percentage of the price of the property or loan.

Commitment Letter - A formal offer by a lender stating the terms under which it agrees to lend money to a home buyer. Also known as a "loan commitment."

Common Areas - Those portions of a building, land, and amenities owned (or managed) by a planned unit development (PUD) or condominium project's homeowners' association (or a cooperative project's cooperative corporation) that are used by all of the unit owners, who share in the common expenses of their operation and maintenance. Common areas include swimming pools, tennis courts, and other recreational facilities, as well as common corridors of buildings, parking areas, means of ingress and egress, etc.

Community Property - In some western and southwestern states, a form of ownership under which property acquired during a marriage is presumed to be owned jointly unless acquired as separate property of either spouse.

Comparables - An abbreviation for "comparable properties"; used for comparative purposes in the appraisal process. Comparables are properties like the property under consideration; they have reasonably the same size, location, and amenities and have recently been sold. Comparables help the appraiser determine the approximate fair market value of the subject property.

Condominium - A real estate project in which each unit owner has title to a unit in a building, an undivided interest in the common areas of the project, and sometimes the exclusive use of certain limited common areas.

Condominium Conversion - Changing the ownership of an existing building (usually a rental project) to the condominium form of ownership.

Construction Loan - A short-term, interim loan for financing the cost of construction. The lender makes payments to the builder at periodic intervals as the work progresses.

Consumer Reporting Agency - An organization that prepares reports that are used by lenders to determine a potential borrower's credit history. The agency obtains data for these reports from a credit repository as well as from other sources.

Contingency - A condition that must be met before a contract is legally binding. For example, home purchasers often include a contingency that specifies that the contract is not binding until the purchaser obtains a satisfactory home inspection report from a qualified home inspector.

Contract - An oral or written agreement to do or not to do a certain thing.

Convertibility Clause - A provision in some adjustable-rate mortgages (ARMs) that allows the borrower to change the ARM to a fixed-rate mortgage at specified timeframes after loan origination.

Cooperative (co-op) - A type of multiple ownership in which the residents of a multiunit housing complex own shares in the cooperative corporation that owns the property, giving each resident the right to occupy a specific apartment or unit corporate relocation - Arrangements under which an employer moves an employee to another area as part of the normal course of business or under which it transfers a substantial part or all of its operations and to another area because it is relocating its headquarters or expanding its office capacity.

Cost of Funds Index (COFI) - An index that is used to determine interest rate changes for certain adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) plans. It represents the weighted-average cost of savings, borrowings, and advances of the 11th District members of the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco.

Covenant - A clause in a mortgage that obligates or restricts the borrower and that, if violated, can result in foreclosure.

Credit - An agreement in which a borrower receives something of value in exchange for a promise to repay the lender at a later date.

Credit History - A record of an individual's open and fully repaid debts. A credit history helps a lender to determine whether a potential borrower has a history of repaying debts in a timely manner.

Credit Report - A report of an individual's credit history prepared by a credit bureau and used by a lender in determining a loan applicant's creditworthiness. See merged credit report.

Credit Repository - An organization that gathers, records, updates, and stores financial and public records information about the payment records of individuals who are being considered for credit.

D     (index)

Debt - An amount owed to another.

Deed - The legal document conveying title to a property.

Deed-in-Lieu - A deed given by a mortgagor to the mortgagee to satisfy a debt and avoid foreclosure.

Deed of Trust - The document used in some states instead of a mortgage; title is conveyed to a trustee.

Default - Failure to make mortgage payments on a timely basis or to comply with other requirements of a mortgage.

Delinquency - Failure to make mortgage payments when mortgage payments are due.

Deposit - A sum of money given to bind the sale of real estate, or a sum of money given to ensure payment or an advance of funds in the processing of a loan.

Depreciation - A decline in the value of property; the opposite of appreciation.

Down Payment - The part of the purchase price of a property that the buyer pays in cash and does not finance with a mortgage.

Due-on-Sale Provision - A provision in a mortgage that allows the lender to demand repayment in full if the borrower sells the property that serves as security for the mortgage.

E     (index)

Easement - A right of way giving persons other than the owner access to or over a property.

Effective Age - An appraiser's estimate of the physical condition of a building. The actual age of a building may be shorter or longer than its effective age.

Effective Gross Income - Normal annual income including overtime that is regular or guaranteed. The income may be from more than one source. Salary is generally the principal source, but other income may qualify if it is significant and stable.

Encumbrance - Anything that affects or limits the fee simple title to a property, such as mortgages, leases, easements, or restrictions.

Endorser - A person who signs ownership interest over to another party. Contrast with co-maker.

Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA) - A federal law that requires lenders and other creditors to make credit equally available without discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, marital status, or receipt of income from public assistance programs.

Equity - A homeowner's financial interest in a property. Equity is the difference between the fair market value of the property and the amount still owed on its mortgage.

Estate - The ownership interest of an individual in real property. The sum total of all the real property and personal property owned by an individual at time of death.

Eviction - The lawful expulsion of an occupant from real property.

Examination of Title - The report on the title of a property from the public records or an abstract of the title.

F     (index)

Fair Credit Reporting Act - A consumer protection law that regulates the disclosure of consumer credit reports by consumer/credit reporting agencies and establishes procedures for correcting mistakes on one's credit record.

Fair Market Value - The highest price that a buyer, willing but not compelled to buy, would pay, and the lowest a seller, willing but not compelled to sell, would accept.

Fee Simple - The greatest possible interest a person can have in real estate.

First Mortgage - A mortgage that is the primary lien against a property.

Fixed-Rate Mortgage (FRM) - A mortgage in which the interest rate does not change during the entire term of the loan.

Flood Insurance - Insurance that compensates for physical property damage resulting from flooding. It is required for properties located in federally designated flood areas.

Foreclosure - The legal process by which a borrower in default under a mortgage is deprived of his or her interest in the mortgaged property. This usually involves a forced sale of the property at public auction with the proceeds of the sale being applied to the mortgage.

G     (index)

Good Faith Estimate - An estimate of charges, which a borrower is likely to incur in connection with a settlement.

H     (index)

Hazard Insurance - Insurance protecting against loss to real estate caused by fire, some natural causes, vandalism, etc., depending upon the terms of the policy.

L     (index)

Lien - An encumbrance against property for money due, either voluntary or involuntary.

Loan to Value Ratio (LTV) - The ratio of the amount of your loan to the appraised value of the home. The LTV will affect programs available to the borrower and generally, the lower the LTV the more favorable the terms of the programs offered by lenders.

M     (index)

Mortgage - A legal document that pledges a property to the lender as security for payment of a debt.

Mortgagee - The person or company who receives the mortgage as a pledge for repayment of the loan.

Mortgagor - The mortgage borrower who gives the mortgage as a pledge to repay.

N     (index)

Note - A written agreement containing a promise of the signer to pay to a named person, or order, or bearer, a definite sum of money at a specified date or on demand.

P     (index)

Planned Unit Developments (PUD) - A subdivision of five or more individually owned lots with one or more other parcels owned in common or with reciprocal rights in one or more other parcels.

PITI - Principal, interest, taxes and insurance-the components of a monthly mortgage payment.

Points - Charges levied by the mortgage lender and usually payable at closing. One point represents 1% of the face value of the mortgage loan.

Prepaids - Those expenses of property which are paid in advance of their due date and will usually be prorated upon sale, such as taxes, insurance, rent, etc.

Prepayment Penalty - A charge imposed by a mortgage lender on a borrower who wants to pay off part or all of a mortgage loan in advance of schedule.

Principal - Amount of debt, not including interest. The face value of a note or mortgage.

Q     (index)

Qualifying Ratios - The ratio of your fixed monthly expenses to your gross monthly income, used to determine how much you can afford to borrow. The fixed monthly expenses would include PITI along with other obligations such as student loans, car loans, or credit card payments.

R     (index)

Rebate - Compensation received from a wholesale lender, which can be used to cover closing costs, or as a refund to the borrower. Loans with rebates often carry higher interest rates than loans with "points" (see above).

Refinancing - The process of paying off one loan with the proceeds from a new loan using the same property as security.

Residential Mortgage Credit Report (RMCR) - A report requested by your lender that utilizes information from at least two of the three national credit bureaus and information provided on your loan application.

S     (index)

Survey - A print showing the measurements of the boundaries of a parcel of land, together with the location of all improvements on the land and sometimes its area and topography.

T     (index)

Title - The evidence one has of right to possession of land.

Title Insurance - Insurance against loss resulting from defects of title to a specifically described parcel of real property.

Title Search - An investigation into the history of ownership of a property to check for liens, unpaid claims, restrictions or problems, to prove that the seller can transfer free and clear ownership.

Total Debt Ratio - Monthly debt and housing payments divided by gross monthly income. Also known as Obligations-to-Income Ratio or Back-End Ratio.

Truth-in-Lending Act - A federal law requiring a disclosure of credit terms using a standard format. This is intended to facilitate comparisons between the lending terms of different financial institutions.

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