We're sure you don't like jargon - and neither do we. But it's a fact of real estate life. This glossary is here to help you make sense of it. And we've put a special emphasis on terms that reflect today's housing market.

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Properties listed for sale on the Internet.
A marketing tool in which a listing agent opens a house for view.
A property given to a number of brokers to market at the same time.
Undeveloped land or common areas in a planned community reserved for parks, walking paths or other natural uses.
A situation in which a buyer puts down money for the right to purchase a piece of real estate within a set time period but does not have an obligation to buy.
Contractual arrangements that are not in writing and are usually not legally binding.
The amount of principal owed on a loan before a borrower makes any payments.
A fee charged by most lenders--also called points--for processing a loan. A point is 1 percent of the total loan amount.
A transaction in which the seller of a property agrees to finance all or part of the purchase.
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