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.



 
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Slang for mortar or gypsum wallboard joint compound. Ceramic tile cement.

Rectangular container, long enough for a wide taping knife to remove compound, used to hold gypsum wallboard joint compound.

Horizontal piece of pressure-treated board, which is placed and fastened on top of a foundation, upon which the rest of the framing is erected. It is also called a sill plate.

Vertical dividing bar between windowpanes or panels.

Two side-by-side windows, separated by a very small distance.

This arch, also called a flat arch, straight arch, minor arch, segmented arch, or jack arch, has a horizontal top surface, with a span of up to 6 feet, can support loads up to 1,000 pounds per square foot, with a rise to span ratio of 0.15 or less.

Residential property containing individual units for several households within the same structure.

Fireplace that has two or more sides to open to more than one room.

Residential property containing individual units for several households within the same structure.

Mortgage that covers a dwelling with more than four units.

More than one layer.

Electric meter that serves more than one function.

For use in multiunit dwelling, the electrical panel has several electrical power recording meters, giving each unit its own meter.

AC power supply which houses several receptacles for use when several appliances need to be grouped together, such as a television, VCR, lighting, etc.

More than one dwelling unit sharing a common wall and roof.

Arrangement where the real estate listings of many local agents are provided.

Service combining the listings, in one database, of all the available homes, except those being sold by the owner, in a specific area.

More than one offer to purchase a property, which usually occurs in a seller's market.

Electrical switches that allow control from several places, such as at either end of a hallway.

Increasing the fire rating of a structure by using more than one layer of gypsum wallboard.

Having to do with a city or town or its government.

Inspector employed by cities or counties to verify that all contractors are meeting building codes on all construction sites within a specific area.

Also called public sewer, it is the main sewer system to which private sewers are connected.

Documentation of ownership, such as a deed.

Also called sash bars, they divide window openings.

Sulfuric acid mixed with water and commonly used to clean brick or other masonry.

Two or more parties agree to something.

A trust or corporation formed to invest the funds it obtains from shareholders in diversified securities.

State chartered banks, which are owned by the depositors and operated for their benefit. Many of these banks hold a large portion of their assets in home mortgage loans.

Business entity providing water services in a particular locality.

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