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First-Time Home Buyer’s Glossary
Adjustable-Rate Mortgage (ARM)
An adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) is a type of loan in which the interest rate applied on the outstanding balance varies throughout its life.
The relationship between a principal and principals agent arises out of a contract, either expressed or implied, written or oral, the principal implying the agent to do specific activities dealing with third parties.
An appraisal is a valuation of a property’s market value by the estimate of an authorized person.
A bidding war is when two or more buyers are interested in the same property and make increasingly higher offers to secure ownership over the home.
Expenses that buyers or sellers must pay in addition to the purchase price of a property.
The miscellaneous expenses buyers and sellers usually incur in the transfer of the real property over and above the price and received for the property.
Comparative Market Analysis (CMA)
Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) is an estimate for a homes’ value based on recently sold properties in its immediate area with similar features.
A written instrument which, when signed and delivered (executed), conveys title to real property from one person (grantor) to another (grantee).
Discount Points are prepaid interest or fees that borrowers can purchase to pay lower interest on future payments.
A down payment on a house is the up-front payment you have to make to secure your loan. Most mortgage lenders require that consumers make cash payments of 3% – 20% to get approved.
Escrow is a legal concept in which the buyer and seller are guaranteed to get what they pay for because an impartial third party holds it until their obligations have been met.
Directives an escrow officer undertakes as given by buyer and seller, or lender and borrower to coordinate the closing on the purchase agreement or mortgage origination.
A fixed-rate mortgage has one rate that locks in for the entire term of the loan.
Federal Housing Administration (FHA) loans allow buyers with as low as a 3.5% down payment and 580 FICO score to purchase homes, helping those who may not have the savings or creditworthiness for other types of mortgages.
A home inspection is a noninvasive, structured examination of the different mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems in a house, as well as any structural components such as roof, ceiling, walls, floors, and foundations.
Loan to Value Ratio
A ratio stating the outstanding mortgage balance as a percentage of the mortgaged property’s fair market value.
A three-dimensional space of real estate identified by a legal description.
Commonly used in real estate transactions, this document is often considered a checklist to negotiate a real estate sale between the buyer and seller.
A mortgage is a loan that helps you buy a home. The home is used as collateral, and the payment includes principal, interest, taxes, and insurance.
Real Estate Owned Property (REO)
A house or piece of property that a mortgage lender acquires in the event of foreclosure.
Realtor® is a professional designation for a real estate professional who is a member of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® and subscribes to its strict Code of Ethics.
Ownership of a property indicates the lawful right to occupy, use, and enjoy it without interference from others. The bundle includes an owner’s rights to possess and dispose of the property as he or she chooses (e.g., for sale), exclude others from owning it, convey ownership interests to beneficiaries in a will or trust, etc.