Real Estate Glossary

Our glossary is the largest dictionary of real estate and construction terms on the Internet with almost 10,000 definitions.
Real Estate Glossary
Our glossary is the largest dictionary of real estate and construction terms on the Internet with almost 10,000 definitions.



 
Aa - Ac - Ad - Ae - Ak - Am - Ann - Ar - As - At


Lighter weight concrete, it has air bubbles incorporated into the mix to make it so.

Mechanism, which mixes air into water, soil, sewage, etc. Alternately, the part on the end of a sink spout which mixes air with the water to reduce splattering.

Photographs taken from a plane or other high place. see also Aerial Photos.

Survey made by using aerial photography from either a plane or other high place.

Photographs of land areas and buildings taken by cameras mounted in airplanes or satellites. Aerial photographs are used by developers or builders for the use of prospective buyers. They are also used by civil engineers, geologists, geographers, archaeologists, etc. see also Aerial Photograph.

Study of the effects of air and other gases on bodies where relative motion exists between them.

Mixture in a pressurized container, which has small particles of solid or liquid, suspended in gas and is dispensed through a special nozzle that atomizes it into a spray.

Beauty. That which is pleasing to the eye.

Property value, which is increased due to its intrinsic artistic, beautiful and favored location.

Someone who makes a sworn statement.

A written statement or declaration, which is made under oath before a licensed individual, such as a notary public.

Document in which the seller (the affiant) identifies himself/herself and swears to his/her marital status and that he/she is in possession of the property and certifies that, since the date of the examination of title, there have been no judgments, divorces unrecorded deeds, unpaid repairs, bankruptcies or defects in title which are known to him/her.

To confirm, ratify, verify and accept a transaction, which can be cancelled.

An alternative to an oath, which can be used on people whose religious beliefs will not allow an oath.

To fasten or attach.

Creating a forest cover on land area not previously forested to increase the aesthetic value of the land and to prevent erosion and improving the environment.

Outer shape of a structure which has steeply sloped roofs and is in the shape of an A, hence the name.

Doctrine by which the title of real estate, previously unsuccessfully transferred because of lack of possession by grantor, automatically passes to the buyer upon acquisition by the grantor and is based on the acquisition of title by estoppel.

Expenditures incurred after the completion of a building.

The second growth of timber from areas where trees have been harvested previously.

A window that is installed after the sheathing is installed. This is more difficult than installing the before sheathing window. With an after sheathing window, the carpenter must nail through the casing and sheathing into the jack studs; one nails through a wood lip, directly into the studs, on a before sheathing type.

Cash flow (from income producing property), which is reduced by income taxes resulting from the property's income.

Net return rate, after deduction of interest costs and taxes, on an equity investment in real estate.

Rate of return on investment once income taxes are deducted.

Gelatinous substance used as paper sizing and as an emulsifier for adhesives. It is harvested from seaweed.

Stained glass that has a mottled rose and white color to it.

Depreciation method based on the projected useful life of the property, allowing for normal wear and tear.

Stucco, which has been textured with areas of, flattened blotches that are troweled on a furrowed surface.

The relationship between two people or entities where one is a principal and the other is an agent representing the principal in activities with other parties, such as a real estate agent buying or selling for a client.

The use of a title company or another firm to complete a loan.

Law requiring disclosure from real estate agents as to which party, buyer or seller, they represent. Laws vary in different states.

List of items that need to be considered or accomplished.

Anyone who has the authority to act on the behalf of another, representing the business interests of that person.

Sand or stone component used as a filler in the making of concrete, which consists of Portland cement, water and the aggregate, which makes up 75 percent of the bulk. Aggregate ranges in size from sand, which is a fine aggregate to stone up to 2 ½" wide and is a coarse aggregate, depending on the strength needed. Although an aggregate does not add much strength to the mix, the wrong size stone or one of poor quality can weaken the mix. Alternately, the whole of something.

Aggregate made up of coarse material, 1/4 inch and larger.

see Adjusted Gross Income.

Summary of accounts receivable, along with the time those bills have been owed and which are past due.

Apparatus used for shaking or stirring to mix.

An understanding between two or more people. A contract.

A compromise reached by two property owners to resolve a dispute over borders.

A document detailing the terms and sale price of a transaction, along with a description of the property and any time limits. A contract obligates the buyer to buy and the seller to sell and is normally accompanied by a deposit from the buyer.

Property zoned for use in farming, including the raising of crops and livestock.

Determination of value of agricultural land by taking into consideration the amount of arable land (property not disrupted by trees or overgrowth or untillable terrain), its proximity to an adequate water supply and the climatic location.

see American Institute of Architects

An instrument for drilling holes in rocks, stone or masonry.

Process for welding, either with or without a filler metal, which uses a heat source that is produced by the combustion of acetylene with air.

Hollow bricks, which are open at both, end and used to permit air to pass through a wall and are placed at different locations as air vents.

Rights to use the open air space above a street, railroad line, or other property. Sometimes used to allow construction of billboards or other signage. Air rights may also allow the construction of entire buildings, such as when a development is constructed over an existing highway.

Apparatus that applies paint by the use of compressed air and a fine nozzle. In this manner, application is able to be controlled to cover only a small area.

Cutting process that melts metal with an electric arc from a carbon electrode and then removes it with a jet of air.

Capped piece of pipe, close to a plumbing fixture, which is partially filled with air. Also called air cushions they are designed to absorb shock from abrupt water stoppage, which creates a noise known as water hammer.

The exchange of air that is in a confined space with fresh air.

Filtering device, which removes particles from the air, usually at the intake of an engine or mechanical device.

System of circulating air and controlling its temperature and humidity, along with removing airborne impurities.

Process of controlling temperature, humidity and movement in a confided space.

Volume of air in concrete, cement or mortar. Air Cooled Reduction in the temperature, which is caused by the transfer of heat to air as it circulates.

Finned, tube-type condenser through whose tubes a refrigerant is circulated, giving heat to air passing over the outside of the finned tubes, cooling the refrigerant.

An expansion tank. Closed tank in a hot water system providing space for the water expansion in the system as it is heated. Tank contains both water and air and as the water expands, the air in the tank is compressed.

Lumber that is dried by being exposed to natural air rather than with the aid of heating devices.

Machine using compressed air to drive nails and is also referred to as a pneumatic nailer.

Used for directing the passage of air through buildings, these large thin-walled conduits are usually made of sheet metal or fiberglass.

see American Institute of Real Estate Appraisers.

To maintain a vacuum and improve the operating efficiency of a condenser, an air ejector is used to remove non-condensable gasses from steam condensers.

Concrete that has been altered chemically, with an additive, to disperse air bubbles through the mix. A yard of air-entrained concrete may contain over three trillion bubbles. This mix is easier to work than standard concrete and stands up well in cold weather, resisting salts better than other concrete. While it is good for pouring in cold weather because the bubbles allow the concrete to expand and contract more readily, it is not as strong as regular concrete. Also referred to as Aerated Concrete.

Defect caused by air bubbled which have formed on a new paint surface.

Powdered material, which is to be thermally deposited on a surface, is carried by an air stream and sprayed on the surface to be coated by means of this disbursing system. When heat conditions are appropriate, the material bonds to the surface.

Device, which is shaped to provide a lifting, force when moved through an air current.

Fan with blades with an airfoil cross section.

Vertical, unobstructed distance, between the flood level in a plumbing fixture and the lowest water supply inlet, such as the distance between the rim of the tub and the faucet.

Compressed air powered nozzle, it is used for the spray application of paint, etc.

A pneumatic nailer, essentially a hammer driven by compressed air.

Unit designed to move air and sometimes change the temperature, through the use of a fan system. These units, used in air distribution systems, circulate air throughout buildings by means of a series of ducts.

Spray gun that uses pressure from a mechanical pump to pressurize the liquid or spin it from a wheel to apply paint or other liquid finishes.

Blockage in the flow of liquid, especially on the suction side of the pump, which is caused by a gas bubble trapped in the line. Also called a vapor lock, a gas-tight chamber with an entrance and exit that is used as a passage into another space.

Dead air spaces in concrete, which are also known as a void, are usually one millimeter, with entrained pockets being smaller.

Valve that is used to vent air out of a water system.

Designated area over a piece of property. Alternately, a space between walls or wall surfaces that is created as part of the architectural design.

Structure or container constructed to contain gas pressure.

Valve in a water system that automatically vents trapped air from the system.

Pathway through sections of a building or room, such as between sections of seats in a theater.

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