Some Real Estate Terms to Know

An offeree’s consent to enter into a contract and be bound by the terms of the offer.

An increase in the value of a property due to changes in market conditions or other causes. The opposite of depreciation.

Assessed value
The valuation placed on a property by a public tax assessor for purposes of taxation.

The process of placing a value on property for the strict purpose of taxation. May also refer to a levy against property for a special purpose, such as a sewer assessment.

Absorption Rate
The rate at which rentable space is filled.

Amenities are the enhancements that buildings offer its owners or tenants. These usually include a doorman, health club, garage, children’s playroom, common lounge, etc.

Assignment is the process by which a right or contract is transferred from one party to another. Examples of typical assigned contracts are mortgages, leases and deeds of trust.

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

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.”

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.

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.

The legal document conveying title to a property.

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

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

An item of value, money, or documents deposited with a third party to be delivered upon the fulfillment of a condition. For example, the deposit by a borrower with the lender of funds to pay taxes and insurance premiums when they become due, or the deposit of funds or documents with an attorney or escrow agent to be disbursed upon the closing of a sale of real estate.

The lawful expulsion of an occupant from real property.

Exclusive listing
A written contract that gives a licensed real estate agent the exclusive right to sell a property for a specified time, but reserving the owner’s right to sell the property alone without the payment of a commission.

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.

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 debt.

The loss of money, property, rights, or privileges due to a breach of legal obligation.

Home inspection
A thorough inspection that evaluates the structural and mechanical condition of a property. A satisfactory home inspection is often included as a contingency by the purchaser.

Joint tenancy
A form of co-ownership that gives each tenant equal interest and equal rights in the property, including the right of survivorship.

Power of attorney
A legal document that authorizes another person to act on one’s behalf. A power of attorney can grant complete authority or can be limited to certain acts and/or certain periods of time.

A legal document evidencing a person’s right to or ownership of a property.

Title search
A check of the title records to ensure that the seller is the legal owner of the property and that there are no liens or other claims outstanding.
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  • Charles Mulenga

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    • BCA Properties

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