Terms to know in Real Estate Investing
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This is an exhaustive glossary for USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand
Deeds of Trusts and Mortgages, Title Companies and Lawyer Closings, lots to know. We place great terms here.
The provinces have different terms and procedures from each other. We do our best to list terms to know in canada.
The states, especially in Lease Options, have unique differences.
The North Island and the South Island have close similarities, but Lease Options are brand new, and Wraps are not favored by the banks.
A clause or series of clauses in an instrument of conveyance (i.e. a Deed) which defines the extent of title (i.e. fee simple or such other title) being transferred to the new owner of land. From Latin “habendum et tenendum”, meaning “to have and to hold”.
A description of a dwelling or property that is appropriate for human occupancy.
1) A tragic prince of Denmark
2) A small community, smaller than a village.
A descriptive term for a property which requires significant work to bring it up to normal standards of condition and repair. Often marketed at a lesser price.
A description of a style of salespersonship in which the potential purchaser is placed under extreme pressure and bombarded with information and sales pitches.
A type of insurance designed to cover damage caused by a peril specified in the policy of insurance (i.e. fire, flood, etc.).
Slang term for any person with substantial resources.
The establishment of local by-laws or ordinances which restrict the height of buildings in a certain area. May be used in areas near airports (for safety reasons) or natural attractions (to maintain the view) or simply to allow the flow of air or sunlight.
A person who is entitled by law to the property, rights, privileges or position of another person if that other person dies without a will (intestate).
A descriptive term for any property that one is able to inherit.
A break or gap. In discussions of land, an area of land that lies between two parcels of land but appears from legal descriptions and public records not to be a part of either.
Qualities of a property which may not be immediately noticeable but add to the value of the property, such as high quality materials used in construction.
HIGH RATIO MORTGAGE:
A mortgage in which the amount of money borrowed is equal to or greater than 75% of the purchase price/appraised value of the property against which it is secured. Will require some sort of insurance, usually provided by a government agency.
A descriptive term for any building that has enough floors to make an elevator a necessity.
HIGH WATER LINE OR MARK:
The highest point on the shoreline to which water in a lake, river, stream or other body of water will rise under normal weather conditions.
HIGHEST AND BEST USE STUDY:
An analysis of a property which is aimed at discovering the most profitable way to develop the property.
In common parlance, a road which offers higher speed limits than a normal urban street. In legal parlance, any road which is available to use by the public.
A classification (whether under zoning, heritage or other authority) of a specific area of a community in which the buildings and improvements have a historical value or significance which may not be reflected in their market value. Designation as such a district may also involve strict rules regarding the way the buildings and properties are dealt with.
A term describing the original cost of a project, stated in dollars of the time in which the project was completed, with no adjustment for inflation.
An attempt to predict the interest rate fluctuations of a Variable or Adjustable Rate Mortgage on the basis of the behaviour of interest rates in a previous period.
HOLD HARMLESS CLAUSE:
Also known as “save harmless clause”. A clause in a contract in which one party releases another party for legal liability for a stated risk.
A percentage of a contract price which is retained by a contractor or lender until the project is complete and all bills for that project are paid. The percentage may be set by custom or by statute.
Also known as “overholding”, the term used to describe the action of a tenant who retains possession of a premises after the lease has expired.
A testamentary document which is written entirely in the hand of the testator (the person making the will). Is a valid will in many jurisdictions despite the fact that it may not be properly witnessed, so long as it shows an intention on the part of the writer that the document be her will, it deals with the person’s assets and there are no concerns with regard to fraud, coercion or lack of capacity. Originally recognized to aid soldiers in the field who, in the face of death, wished to settle their estate.
HOME EQUITY CONVERSION MORTGAGE (HECM):
Also known as a “reverse mortgage”, a loan designed specifically for people without income but with a great deal of equity in their home (i.e. retired people). The loan may require periodic payments or may simply accumulate interest on the original principal until the property is sold (by the borrower or after the death of the borrower).
HOME EQUITY LINE OF CREDIT:
A special kind of loan (also known as a “revolving loan”) which is secured against a property and allows the owner to borrow and repay money at her leisure. Periodic payments of at least accumulated interest are required but the loan is fully open: may be paid out in whole or in part at any time and, if there is still money available under the loan ceiling, the borrower may take more money for her use.
HOME IMPROVEMENT LOAN:
A loan made for the purposes of making improvements to a property.
HOME INSPECTION (REPORT):
The written statement of the results of the inspection of a given property by a professional home inspector. Will show problems and potential problems with the property not always visible to an average purchaser (i.e. a deteriorating roof, an ancient furnace, termites, wood rot, basement seepage). Many purchasers make their offer to purchase conditional upon obtaining a satisfactory Home Inspection report.
A person who offers a service of making a physical inspection of homes. Qualifications may vary.
HOME OWNER ASSOCIATION:
A cooperative effort by property owners in a given neighbourhood aimed at improving quality of life, providing a unified political voice or combating identified ills.
HOME OWNER’S INSURANCE:
Liability coverage for property owners covering both loss/damage to property or dwelling and personal liability.
A description of the state of having very little disposable income after paying the financing and carrying costs of one’s home.
HOUSING EXPENSE RATIO:
A comparison of a family’s monthly gross income with the carrying costs of their home.
An economic indicator, the number of dwelling units (including apartments) on which construction is begun in a given period of time.
HUNDRED PERCENT LOCATION:
The benchmark for comparisons, the property location which provides the best rental income per square foot for a particular type of building.
A form of mortgage in which the compensation to the lender may include receiving income directly from the use of the property.
To pledge as security for a mortgage an asset of which the pledgor retains possession (i.e. the dwelling upon which a mortgage is registered).