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.



 
Pa - Pan - Par - Pas - Pe - Per - Perm - Pi - Pip - Pl

Plat - Plu - Po - Por - Pou - Pr - Pres - Pri - Pro - Prop - Pu


Amount of money paid for something.

Increase in the value of real estate or personal property. The price may increase because of a number of factors, such as shortage in supply, improved economy, favorable political environment, tax incentives, increased profitability.

Illegal effort by competing businesses to maintain a uniform price, such as commission rate on the sale of real estate.

Interest rate on a mortgage is changed periodically based on the change in a general price index to take into account inflation, such as a yearly adjustment.

Upper and lower limits of what a buyer will pay for a home.

Tapered punch that makes small indentations, with its pointed, slender shank, along the lines on a piece of metal to make the line more visible.

Latin for at first sight. Fact assumed to be true unless subsequent evidence disproves it.

The person who will receive the benefits of a trust or insurance policy, when distribution is made.

First coil in an electrical transformer.

Loan that comes before all other loans in the event of default.

Rental agreement between the owner and a tenant. When the tenant rents to someone else, it is called a sublease.

Real estate which is located in the most excellent area for it's designated use.

A regional area from which one can expect the greatest demand for a specific product or service.

Mortgage market in which original loans are made by lenders. The market is made up with lenders who supply funds directly to borrowers and hold the mortgage until the debt is paid.

A classification of the U.S. Census Bureau applied to cities with the following classifications. Within a metropolitan area with a population of one million or more, there may be areas that would qualify as metropolitan areas on their own, yet are linked to other cities in close proximity. These individual areas are called Primary Metropolitan Statistical Areas, while the metropolitan area containing these PMSAs is called a Consolidated Metropolitan Statistical Area (CMSA).

Contractor who assumes responsibility for completing a construction project, under contract to the owner, and hires, supervises and pays all subcontractors.

Minimum short-term interest rate charged by commercial banks to their most creditworthy clients. Prime is used as the basis for mortgages, business and personal loans, etc. Mortgages are usually several points above the prime rate.

Major tenant in an office building or shopping center. The prime tenant occupies more space than the others and will attract customers to the site. They are normally more credit worthy.

Initial coat of paint or sealant applied to a surface in preparation for painting. The primer seals the surface and provides a good base for additional coats of paint or other material.

1. Amount of money originally borrowed, minus any payments subsequently made.
2. First in importance; a primary person; a head or chief of something.

The licensed broker responsible for the operations conduced by the firm.

Payment amount calculated to include the principal, interest, taxes and insurance on an amortizing loan and represents the borrower's actual monthly mortgage-related expenses.

Principal line running north and south in the government rectangular survey method. Other meridians, each 24 miles apart, are surveyed from the principal meridian.

Primary residence of an individual; the place where a person lives most of the time. May be a single-family house, condominium, trailer or houseboat. A principal residence may qualify for a homestead rebate.

The concept that a house will be more likely to appreciate in value if it is similar to other houses in the neighborhood.

Appraisal term stating that the value of lower-end real estate is enhanced by the proximity of higher-end properties.

Appraisal term stating that the value of higher-end real estate can be brought down by the proximity to lower-end properties.

Highest amount a property is worth equal to the amount that would have to be paid to buy equivalent property in the market place.

Economic principle determining the market prices of goods, services, and property. The principle states that there is a pricing relationship between supply and demand. Economic forces interact affecting the overall pricing relationship. If demand increases and the supply remains constant, then the price will increase. However, an increase in price will then spur increased supply, which will tend to depress prices.

Term for paint that is dry and cannot be damaged by touching.

Something that came before.

Something having a higher level of importance or ranking. Preference, precedence.

1. Anything that refracts light.
2. Crystalline body whose lateral faces meet at edges parallel to each other.
3. A solid, transparent figure whose ends are parallel, polygonal and equal in size and shape and whose sides are parallelograms.

Structure erected between two pieces of property.

Insurance on some loans, which protects lenders from possible default by borrower. Conventional loans with down payments of less than 20 per cent of the home value usually require private mortgage insurance (PMI).

An offering of securities, stock and/or debt, directly to investors (usually large institutional investors) rather than through the public exchange markets. An advantage of a private placement to a real estate business is that the securities do not have to be registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Privately owned property.

Sewer that belongs to the building where it is installed but discharges into the public sewer. Also known as a building sewer.

A successive relationship to or a mutual interest in the same property or rights, established by law or legalized by contract. A private or secret knowledge, as shared between persons.

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