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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"t" Terms

Most companies charge a tap fee for hooking up utilities.
A tax break given by the government. Mortgage interest, loan points and property taxes can be deducted.
An impediment placed against a property, such as back taxes.
The public sale of a property by the government for nonpayment of taxes.
A term often applied to real estate investment and refers to various tax advantages.
A house that requires the entire interior to be rebuilt.
An low, short-term rate offered on a mortgage to entice the borrower.
When a married couple owns a home, it is usually considered tenancy by the entirety. If the property must be sold to pay the debts of one spouse, both must agree.
Two or more owners who share interest in a specific property.
A terrace can be several things an unroofed paved area right next to a house; a roofed balcony; a veranda; or a raised bed of earth constructed to enhance a landscape.
When a buyer has a house to sell before they can purchase another home, most sellers insist on a 72-hour clause. In the event of a better offer coming in before the contingency is settled, this clause entitles the seller to give the buyer 72 hours to remove the contingency or lose the house.
In a third-party origination transaction, the lender has another institution originate all or part of a mortgage.
Ownership that involves the acquisition of a specific period of time, or that percentage of interest, in a vacation home or resort.
The actual legal document conferring ownership of a piece of real estate.
Firms that ensure that the title to a piece of property is clear and provide title insurance.
A policy issued to lenders and buyers to protect any losses because of a dispute over the ownership of a piece of property.
Possible impediments to the transfer of a title from one owner to another.
A check of public title records to ascertain that the seller is the legal owner and that there are no claims or liens against the property.
A real state industry term that refers to agents and brokers who sell a high volume of homes.
The percentage of monthly debt obligations relative to gross monthly income.
An attached home that is not a condominium.
Another term for a production home, a mass-produced house constructed by one builder in a project.
Other real estate or assets a buyer gives to a seller as part of the down payment.
A reference to buyers who purchase a home that is less expensive than their current house.
A reference to buyers who purchase a home that is more expensive home than their current house.
Trans-Union Corp. is one of the Big Three credit-reporting bureaus that operate nationwide. Address 760 Sproul Road, P.O. Box 390, Springfield, PA 19064-0390.
Any legal means by which a piece of real estate changes hands.
An assessment by state or local authorities at the time a piece of property changes hands.
A small hinged window directly above a door.
A tray ceiling has edges that slant toward the middle from the walls.
Securities issued by the Treasury Department that have the full backing of the U.S. government.
An index used to determine interest rate changes for adjustable rate mortgages.
A decorative landscape structure made of thin strips of wood or plastic.
The finishing of doors, doorways, window frames and floors.
A prefabricated framework of girders, struts and other items used to support a roof or other load-bearing elements.
Special accounts used by brokers and escrow agents to safeguard funds for a buyer or seller.
A legally empowered person who holds or controls a piece of property for another person.
The deed given to the highest bidder at auction or the foreclosing lender upon completion of the foreclosure.
Conducted by the trustee. The property is sold at auction to the highest bidder, or taken back by a foreclosing lender.
A federal law that protects consumers in a variety of ways. One of its key provisions allows a consumer to cancel a home-improvement loan, second mortgage or other loan if the home was pledged as security (except for a first mortgage or first trust deed) until midnight of the third business day after the contract was signed.
The process of removing old mortar from between bricks and replacing it with new mortar.
A piece of property that is owned by one person but provides housing for up to four households.
An adjustable mortgage with two interest rates, one for the first five or seven years of the loan, and the other for the remainder of the loan term.
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