Real Estate Terms to Know When Buying Or Selling


When you go to sell or buy a home there are many terms you may not be familiar with. Understanding real estate vocabulary can help ensure you don't miss a thing. Here are the definintions of several common terms from you may encounter throughout the process.


Adjustible- Rate Mortgage (ARM):

Mortgage in which interest rate changes periodically according to corresponding fluctuations in an index; all ARMs are tied to an index


Written justification of the price paid for a property; primarily based on an analysis of similar sales in the area

Appraised Value:

Opinion of a property's fair market value, based on an appraiser's knowledge, experience, and analyisis of the property

Assessed Value:

Valuation placed on property due to changes in market conditions, inflations, or other causes

Biweekly Mortgage:

Mortgage in which you make payments every two weeks, resulting in reducing the time it takes to pay off a mortgage compared to monhly payments


In the mortgage industry, the term usually refers to a company or individual that does not lend the money for the loans themselves, but brokers the loans to larger lenders or investors

Closing Costs:

Non- recurring costs are any items paid just once as a result of buying a property or obtaining a loan; pre- paid items are items recur over time, such as property taxes



Condition that must be met before a contract is legally binding


Legal document conveying title to a property


Decline in the value of property

Down Payment:

Part of the purchase price of a property that the buyer pays in cash and does not finance with a mortgage 


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