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letter-#1-year Treasury BillOne of several indices referenced by lenders to adjust the rate of an adjustable rate mortgage. This index is one of the most volatile.
letter-#5/1 ARMA common type of adjustable rate mortgage with an introductory fixed rate period of five years followed by an annually-adjusted interest rate for the life of the mortgage.
letter-#10-year Treasury NoteA leading indicator of the direction of future fixed rate mortgage (FRM) rates. Influenced by worldwide demand for the dollar and anticipated future domestic consumer inflation.
letter-#20-day preliminary noticeNotification of a subcontractor's right to record and foreclose a mechanic's lien against property when they are not paid.
letter-#80-10-10 financingA first mortgage recorded concurrent with a seller carryback for 10% of the price on a 10% down payment by the buyer, a private piggyback financing arrangement.
letter-#91-Day Treasury BillThe rate used by sellers to impute and report interest when a seller is not paid interest on their §1031 monies.
letter-§1031 transactionA sales transaction in which sales proceeds are reinvested by the acquisition of a replacement like-kind property, the profits on the sale deferred until the investment is cashed out. [See RPI Form 354 and 355]
letter-#§1031 cooperation provisionA statement in purchase agreements putting the seller and buyer on notice they are able to avoid profit reporting on the transaction and provides cooperation when a §1031 exemption is intended on the sale or purchase of a property.
letter-AabandonmentThe termination of an easement when the easement holder's actions demonstrate a clear intent to permanently abandon all future use of the easement. [See RPI Form 581]
letter-Aabatement of nuisanceExtinction or termination of a nuisance.
letter-AAbenomicsAn economic plan introduced by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to revive their 20 years of stagnant economy through aggressive fiscal stimulus, monetary easing from the central bank and employment reforms.
letter-Aability-to-repay (ATR) rulesA federal standard for determining an applicant’s ability to repay a consumer mortgage.
letter-Aabsentee buyersA group composed of speculators, buy-to-let investors and renovation contractors.
letter-Aabsolute assignment of rentsA present transfer of all the owner’s rights, title and interest in the rents generated by the real estate. Compare with conditional assignment of rents.
letter-Aabsolutely privileged publicationAny statement made as part of a legislative, judicial or other official proceeding authorized by law, barring a slander of title action.
letter-Aabsorption rateThe estimated time required to sell or lease property within a designated area at its fair market value.
letter-Aabstract of judgmentA condensed written summary of the essential holdings of a court judgment.
letter-Aabstract of titleA representation issued by a title company as a guarantee to the named person, not an insurance policy, listing all recorded conveyances and encumbrances affecting title to the described real estate.
letter-AabstractionA method of valuing land. The indicated value of the improvement is deducted from the sale price.
letter-Aaccelerated cost recovery system (ACRS)The system for figuring depreciation (cost recovery) for depreciable real property acquired and placed into service after January 1, 1981.
letter-Aaccelerated depreciationA method of cost write-off in which depreciation allowances are greater in the first few years of ownership than in subsequent years. This permits an earlier recovery of capital and a faster tax write-off of an asset.
letter-AaccelerationA demand for immediate payment of all amounts remaining unpaid on a mortgage or extension of credit by a lender or carryback seller.
letter-Aacceleration clauseA condition in a real estate financing instrument giving the lender the power to declare all sums owing lender immediately due and payable upon the happening of an event, such as sale of the property, or a delinquency in the repayment of the note.
letter-AacceptanceThe act of agreeing or consenting to the terms of an offer thereby establishing the meeting of the minds that is an essential element of a contract.
letter-Aaccess rightThe right of an owner to have ingress and egress to and from the owner's property over adjoining property.
letter-AaccessionAn addition to property through the efforts of man or by natural forces.
letter-Aaccommodation partyAn individual who signs a note to include liability for a debt evidenced by the note and receives no direct benefit from the debt.
letter-AaccretionAccession by natural forces, e.g., alluvium.
letter-Aaccrual noteAn installment note calling for payments to be credited first to accrued interest with the remainder to principal. [See RPI Form 420]
letter-Aaccrued depreciationThe difference between the cost of replacement new as of the date of the appraisal and the present appraised value.
letter-Aaccrued items of expenseThose incurred expenses which are not yet payable. The seller's accrued expenses are credited to the purchaser in a closing statement.
letter-AacknowledgmentA formal declaration made before an authorized person, e.g., a notary public, by a person who has executed an instrument stating that the execution was his or her free act. In this state an acknowledgment is the statement by an officer such as a notary that the signatory to the instrument is the person represented to be.
letter-Aacoustical tileBlocks of fiber, mineral or metal, with small holes or rough-textured surface to absorb sound, used as covering for interior walls and ceilings.
letter-AacquisitionThe act or process by which a person procures property.
letter-AacreA measure of land equaling 160 square rods, or 4,840 square yards, or 43,560 square feet, or a tract about 208.71 feet square.
letter-Aactive licenseA license status which allows an individual California Bureau of Real Estate (CalBRE) licensee to perform mortgage loan originator (MLO) services as an employee of a Department of Business Oversight (DBO) MLO.
letter-Aactivity sheetA control sheet documenting all the activity within the broker's office due to the existence of a property listing or buyer listing to locate property. [See RPI Form 520]
letter-Aactual authorityAuthority expressly given by the principal or given by the law and not denied by the principal.
letter-Aactual fraudAn act intended to deceive another, e.g., making a false statement, making a promise without intending to perform it, suppressing the truth.
letter-Aactual money lossesMonetary losses recovered for injury to the real estate, lost use of the property, personal injury or injury to the occupant's personal property, also called damages.
letter-Aactual noticeExpress or implied knowledge of conditions which exist on a property.
letter-Aad valoremReal estate taxes imposed on property based on its assessed value. [See RPI Form 552-2 §5.1]
letter-Aadd-on noteA note in which interest is charged on the original loan amount for the entire term of the loan, then added to the original loan amount to set the total amount of principal and interest to be paid over the life of the note, payable in equal monthly installments.
letter-AaddendumAn attachment to a contract, rental or lease agreement for incorporating any provision agreed to but not included in the boilerplate provisions of the agreement. [See RPI Form 250]
letter-Aadditional contributions provisionA provision in the limited liability company (LLC) operating agreement authorizing the member manager to request additional capital contributions from the contributing members when operating conditions produce a cash operating deficit. [See RPI Form 372-2 §2.1b]
letter-Aadhesion contractAn agreement in which one party has dramatically superior bargaining strength, forcing the weaker party to either accept or reject all the agreement’s stated terms, a dynamic present to some degree in all lender/borrower relationships.
letter-Aadjustable rate mortgage (ARM)A note with an interest rate that varies based on a chosen index figure plus a set margin, the rate usually adjusting on an annual basis subject to annual and lifetime ceiling and floor rate limitations. [See RPI Form 320-1]
letter-Aadjusted basisThe cost basis of a property after the application of additions for further improvements and deductions for destruction of improvements and depreciation.
letter-Aadjusted gross income (AGI)The total of the taxpayer's reportable income and losses from all three income categories.
letter-Aadjustment intervalThe predetermined period of time after which the interest rate and payment amount on an adjustable rate mortgage (ARM) or other variable rate mortgage is recast.
letter-AadjustmentsIn appraising, a means by which characteristics of a residential property are regulated by dollar amount or percentage to conform to similar characteristics of another residential property.
letter-Aadministrative agenciesA government entity created by the state or federal legislature and local governing bodies to oversee specialized matters. Most have legislative, executive and judicial authority.
letter-AadministratorA person appointed by the probate court to administer the estate of a deceased person who died intestate. (Administratrix, the feminine form.)
letter-AadobeAlso known as clay, adobe soil is a naturally occurring heavy material which readily cracks and is composed primarily of fine-grained minerals.
letter-AadvanceTransfer of funds from a lender to a borrower in advance on a loan.
letter-Aadvance commitmentThe institutional investor's prior agreement to provide long-term financing upon completion of construction; also known as a take-out loan commitment.
letter-Aadvance cost sheetAn itemization of the costs incurred to properly market a property for sale which are to be paid by the owner. [See RPI Form 107]
letter-Aadvance costsDeposits handed to a broker to cover out-of-pocket costs incurred on behalf of the depositor while performing brokerage services.
letter-Aadvance feeA fee paid in advance of any services rendered.
letter-Aadverse action noticeA disclosure notifying the applicant a negative action has been taken on their consumer mortgage application due to an unfavorable credit history, as required by the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).
letter-Aadverse possessionA method of acquiring title to real estate owned by another by openly maintaining exclusive possession of the property for a period of five years and paying all property taxes.
letter-AadvertisingCommunication of marketing materials by licensees, such as property fliers, classified ads or first-contact brochures.
letter-AaffiantOne who makes an affidavit or gives evidence.
letter-AaffidavitA statement or declaration reduced to writing sworn to or affirmed before some officer who has authority to administer an oath or affirmation.
letter-Aaffidavit of titleA statement, in writing, made under oath by seller or grantor, acknowledged before a Notary Public in which the affiant identifies himself or herself and affiant's marital status certifying that since the examination of title on the contract date there are no judgments, bankruptcies or divorces, no unrecorded deeds, contracts, unpaid repairs or improvements or defects of title known to affiant and that affiant is in possession of the property.
letter-Aaffiliated business arrangement (ABA)Referral of a client to a financially controlled business whose earnings are shared with the referring broker, requiring a prior written disclosure. [See RPI Form 205 and 519]
letter-AaffirmTo confirm, to aver, to ratify, to verify. To make a declaration.
letter-Aaffirmative covenantA recorded restriction limiting the use of a property to a specific purpose.
letter-Aaffirmative dutyAn agent’s obligation to voluntarily undertake an advisory activity when in a fiduciary relationship.
letter-Aaffirmative fraudIntentionally and knowingly misrepresenting information to someone.
letter-AagencyThe relationship between principal and the principal's agent which arises out of a contract, either expressed or implied, written or oral, wherein the agent is employed by the principal to do certain acts dealing with third parties. [See RPI Form 305]
letter-Aagency confirmation provisionA provision in all purchase agreements and counteroffers disclosing the agency of each broker in the transaction.
letter-Aagency disputesDisputes between an agent and their client which arise during the marketing period, in escrow or after closing.
letter-Aagency dutyThe fiduciary duty a broker owes a client to use diligence in attaining the client's real estate goals. [See RPI Form 305]
letter-AAgency Law DisclosureRestatement of agency codes and cases which establish the conduct of real estate licensees. It is delivered to all parties in targeted sales and leasing transactions. [See RPI Form 305]
letter-Aagency relationshipThe scope of activities imposed on the broker by law as arising out of the representation authorized by the employment. [See RPI Form 102 and 103]
letter-AagentOne who is authorized to represent another, such as a broker and client or sales agent and their broker.
letter-Aagent turnover rateThe rate at which a broker loses and replaces agents.
letter-Aagent-for-service clauseA section in the property management agreement which appoints the owner's agent-for-service. [See RPI Form 590 §11.3]
letter-Aagent-for-service processAn individual who acts on behalf of the owner, accepting service of legal documents and notices initiated by tenants.
letter-Aaggrieved personAny person who claims to have been injured by a discriminatory housing practice.
letter-Aagreed-boundary doctrineWhen owners of adjacent properties uncertain over the true boundary agree to establish the location of their common lot line and acquiesce to the boundary line for at least five years.
letter-AagreementAn exchange of promises, a mutual understanding or arrangement; a contract.
letter-Aagreement of saleA written agreement or contract between seller and purchaser in which they reach a meeting of minds on the terms and conditions of the sale. The parties concur; are in harmonious opinion.
letter-Aair rightsThe rights in real property to the reasonable use of the air space above the surface of the land.
letter-AalienationThe sale, further encumbrance or lease (for a period exceeding one year) of a property.
letter-Aalienation clauseA trust deed clause limiting the rights of the owner of the mortgaged property to freely transfer their interest in the property by sale, lease or further encumbrance.
letter-AalkalineA soil with a pH level above 7.
letter-Aall-inclusive trust deed (AITD)A note entered into by a buyer in favor of the seller to evidence the amount remaining due on the purchase price after deducting the down payment, an amount inclusive of any specified mortgage debts remaining of record with the seller retaining responsibility for their payment. Also referred to as a wraparound mortgage or overriding mortgage. [See RPI Form 421]
letter-Aallodial tenureA real property ownership system where ownership may be complete except for those rights held by government. Allodial is in contrast to feudal tenure.
letter-AallongeAn attachment to a note occurring between preparation of the note and closing the transaction providing information necessary to update entries on the note at the time it becomes effective. [See RPI Form 250]
letter-AalluviumThe gradual increase of the earth on a shore of an ocean or bank of a stream resulting from the action of the water.
letter-AAlquist-Priolo MapsMaps which identify earthquake fault areas available from the State Mining and Geology Board and the city or county planning department.
letter-AALTA owner's policyAn owner's extended coverage policy that provides buyers and owners the same protection the ALTA policy gives to lenders.
letter-AALTA title policy (American Land Title Association)A type of title insurance policy issued by title insurance companies which expands the risks normally insured against under the standard type policy to include unrecorded mechanic's liens; unrecorded physical easements; facts a physical survey would show; water and mineral rights; and rights of parties in possession, such as tenants and buyers under unrecorded instruments.
letter-AamanuensisAn individual who has the oral authority of the grantor to sign a grant deed by their own hand on behalf of the grantor.
letter-Aamendment clauseA clause contained in covenants, conditions and restrictions (CC&Rs) establishing a procedure for modifying the CC&Rs.
letter-AamenitiesHedonistic benefits derived from a property whose existence increase the property's value or desirability. Amenities are both tangible, such as property fixtures, or intangible, such as proximity to schools or desirable businesses.
letter-AAmerican Dream policyThe government's push to increase the homeownership rate from the historical 64% to 70%.
letter-AAmericans with Disabilities Act (ADA)Federal regulations prohibiting an employer from discriminating against a qualified person based on a disability.
letter-AamortizationThe reduction in principal-liquidation-of a mortgage obligation on an installment basis.
letter-Aamortization tableA tabular schedule detailing the apportionment of principal and interest on each periodic payment due on an amortizing loan.
letter-Aamortized loanA loan to be repaid, interest and principal, by a series of regular payments that are equal or nearly equal, without any special balloon payment prior to maturity. Also called a Level Payments Loan.
letter-Aanchor tenantA large, well-branded retailer strategically situated in a multi-unit shopping complex to draw foot-traffic and consumers for the general benefit of all tenant occupants in the complex.
letter-Aannual percentage rate (APR)The relative cost of credit as determined in accordance with Regulation Z of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System for implementing the Federal Truth in Lending Act.
letter-AAnnual Property Operating Data sheet (APOD)A worksheet used when gathering income and expenses on the operation of an income producing property, to analyze its suitability for investment. [See RPI Form 352]
letter-AannuityA sum of money received at fixed intervals, such as a series of assured equal or nearly equal payments to be made over a period of time, or it may be a lump sum payment to be made in the future. The installment payments due to the landlord under a lease is an annuity. So are the installment payments due to a lender.
letter-Aanti-competition clauseA provision in the nonresidential lease agreement stating the landlord will not lease space in a commercial complex to competitors of the tenant.
letter-Aanti-deficiencyA limitation placed on a mortgage lender’s ability to recover losses on default when the secured property’s value is insufficient to satisfy the mortgage debt.
letter-Aanti-deficiency lawCalifornia legislation limiting a mortgage holder’s ability to recover losses on a default when the mortgaged property’s value is insufficient to satisfy the mortgage debt.
letter-Aanti-trustState and federal regulations that are designed to promote fair competition in the marketplace.
letter-Aanticipation, principle ofAffirms that value is created by anticipated benefits to be derived in the future.
letter-Aanticipatory breachWhen a buyer or seller repudiates the purchase agreement by their words or conduct before closing.
letter-AappellantA party appealing a court decision or ruling.
letter-Aappellate courtsCourts which review trial court decisions to determine whether the proper rules of law were correctly applied.
letter-AApplicable Federal Rate (AFR)A rate set by the Internal Revenue Service and used by carryback sellers to impute and report as minimum interest income when the note rate on the carryback debt is a lesser rate.
letter-Aapplicant screening feeA nonrefundable fee charged to the tenant to reimburse the landlord for the cost to obtain the tenant's credit report.
letter-AappraisalAn opinion estimating a property’s value on a specific date resulting from an analysis of facts about the property.
letter-Aappraisal management company (AMC)A government mandated intermediary positioned between lenders and appraisers with the intent to ensure evaluations are not unduly influenced by lenders to hit a target dollar amount for valuing the subject property needed to ensure the origination of a government-insured mortgage.
letter-Aappraisal reportDocumentation of an appraiser’s findings, including the purpose and scope of the appraisal.
letter-Aappraised valueThe fair market value (FMV) arrived at by an appraiser.
letter-Aappreciable assetA collectible, such as real estate. The value of this asset may increase with time beyond the rate of consumer inflation.
letter-AappreciationAn increase in property value at an annual rate greater than the rate of inflation as the result of favorable economic conditions, such as increased demand for a location or increased wealth of the local population.
letter-Aappreciation-adjusted rent provisionA rent provision found in a nonresidential lease agreement which adjusts rent every several years to reflect an increase in the rental value of a property exceeding the rate of inflation brought about by local demographics. [See RPI Form 552 §4.5e]
letter-AappriserOne qualified by education, training and experience who is hired to estimate the value of real and personal property based on experience, judgment, facts, and use of formal appraisal processes.
letter-AappropriationThe action of taking something for one's own use, such as water from a stream.
letter-Aappropriation of waterThe taking, impounding or diversion of water flowing on the public domain from its natural course and the application of the water to some beneficial use personal and exclusive to the appropriator.
letter-Aappropriation rightThe right to divert water from a river or watercourse to real estate for reasonable use.
letter-AappurtenanceA right belonging to a property, affect title to other property; all those rights, privileges, and improvements which belong to and pass with the transfer of the property, but which are not a part of the property. Appurtenances to real property pass with the real property to which they are appurtenant, unless a contrary intention is manifested. Typical appurtenances are rights-of-way, eaements, water rights, and use of improvements located on other property.
letter-AappurtenantThe right of an owner of one parcel to use an adjacent parcel of real estate belonging to another. For example, a shared driveway located on one parcel is appurtenant to the other parcel. Also, the co-ownership interest in the common areas of a CID subdivision is appurtenant to each CID unit. Appurtenant rights pass with the parcel when it is transferred.
letter-Aappurtenant easementAn easement located on one parcel is incidental and belongs to the ownership of another parcel which benefits from its use.
letter-Aappurtenant rightsIncidental property rights which are not located on a parcel of real estate nor reflected on its title, including the right of ingress and egress across adjoining properties.
letter-AarbitrationA form of dispute resolution voluntarily agreed to in contracts authorizing a third-party arbitrator to issue a binding award which cannot be reviewed and corrected by a court of law.
letter-AarbitratorA neutral third-party appointed to hear a dispute who is authorized to make a final decision awarding judgment in favor of one of the parties.
letter-Aarchitectural styleGenerally the appearance and character of a building's design and construction.
letter-AareaThe amount of space within the boundaries of a parcel of real estate.
letter-Aarms' length transactionA transaction in which both parties act only in their own self-interest and are not subject to any pressure from the other party due to a pre-existing relationship.
letter-AArticles of IncorporationAn instrument setting forth the basic rules and purposes under which a private corporation is formed.
letter-Aartificial marketIllusive housing market activity dominated primarily by speculators buying up homes to flip; few end-users are present in this kind of market.
letter-Aas-is clauseAn unenforceable provision stating the buyer accepts the property without a full disclosure of known conditions. Properties are sold "as-disclosed," never "as-is."
letter-AassemblageThe combining of land parcels to create a value higher than the sum of their parts.
letter-Aassessed valuationA valuation placed upon a piece of property by a public authority as a basis for levying taxes on the property.
letter-AassessmentThe valuation of property for the purpose of levying a tax. Also, payments made to a common interest subdivision homeowners' association for maintenance and reserves.
letter-AassessorThe official who has the responsibility of determining assessed values.
letter-AassetA valuable item which can be converted to cash by its owner.
letter-Aasset deflationThe increase of the purchasing power of money in relation to asset prices, such as real estate and stocks.
letter-Aasset price inflationA rise in the price of assets, such as stocks, bonds and real estate.
letter-AassignmentA transfer of rights held under a mortgage or other agreement from one person to another.
letter-Aassignment (landlord/tenant)A tenant’s sublease of a portion of the leased premises. [See RPI Form 550 §5.5 and 552 §9.2]
letter-Aassignment of rents provisionA trust deed clause which creates a lien on unpaid rents as additional security to the real estate described in the trust deed.
letter-AassignorOne who assigns or transfers the rights or interests they hold in personal or real property.
letter-Aassigns/assigneesThose to whom property or interests therein shall have been transferred.
letter-Aassociate licenseeA sales agent employed by a broker.
letter-AassumptionA promise to pay the debt of another, typically a mortgage, given by a buyer of property.
letter-Aassumption agreementA promise given by a buyer to the seller or an existing mortgage holder to perform all the terms of the mortgage taken over by the buyer on the sale. [See RPI Form 431 and 432]
letter-Aassumption feeA lender's charge for changing over and processing new records for a new owner who is assuming an existing loan.
letter-Aassumption of mortgageAn agreement by a buyer of a property and the holder of an existing mortgage on the property by which the buyer acquiring title to the property agrees to be responsible for the mortgage obligations in addition to the original borrower, unless a release of liability provision is included. This typically includes a modification of the interest rate, principal balance and mortgage payments and a processing fee in exchange for waiving the lender’s right to call the mortgage due under a due-on-sale provision.
letter-AattachmentThe process by which real or personal property of a party to a lawsuit is seized and retained in the custody of the court for the purpose of acquiring jurisdiction over the property, to compel an appearance before the court, or to furnish security for a debt or costs arising out of the litigation.
letter-AattestTo affirm to be true or genuine; an official act establishing authenticity.
letter-Aattorney fee provisionA provision in an agreement permitting the prevailing party to a dispute to receive attorney fees when litigation arises due to the agreement. [See RPI Form 552 §23.2]
letter-Aattorney in factOne who is authorized by another to perform certain acts for another under a power of attorney; power of attorney may be limited to a specific act or acts or be general. [See RPI Form 447]
letter-Aattornment clauseA lease agreement provision which allows an owner-by-foreclosure to unilaterally avoid the automatic elimination of a junior leasehold interest by a foreclosure sale and become a substitute landlord under the tenant's lease agreement. [See RPI Form 552-8 §3]
letter-Aauthorization-to-extend provisionA purchase agreement provision granting authority to extend performance dates before the transaction may be cancelled.
letter-Aautomatic homesteadThe dollar amount of equity in a homeowner's principal dwelling the homeowner is automatically qualified to exempt from creditor seizure. Also known as a statutory homestead exemption.
letter-Aaverage prime offer rateAn annual percentage mortgage interest rate derived from average interest rates, points and other pricing terms offered by lenders on consumer mortgages which have low-risk pricing characteristics and are used to fund a higher-priced mortgage loan. These rates are published weekly by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).
letter-AavulsionA sudden and perceptible loss of land by the action of water, such as by a rapid change in the course of a river.
letter-Bb.t.u.British thermal unit. The quantity of heat required to raise the temperature of one pound of water one degree Fahrenheit.
letter-BBaby BoomersThe post-WWII generation responsible for a sharp increase in the U.S. population. Their collective activities have a sizeable effect on the market.
letter-Bback-end debt-to-income ratio (DTI)The percentage of monthly gross income that goes towards paying non-mortgage debt.
letter-BbackfillEvacuated material used to fill in trenches around a property, such as against its foundation.
letter-Bbad faith wasteReckless or malicious injury to property causing a drop in its fair market value.
letter-Bbalance sheetAn itemized, dollar-value presentation for setting an individual’s net worth by subtracting debt obligations (liabilities) from asset values. [See RPI Form 209-3]
letter-Bbalancing hardshipsThe awarding of money to an owner to compensate for lost use of their property burdened with an encroachment.
letter-Bbalancing of the rightsA determination of whether a nuisance exists when an activity is not classified as a nuisance per se.
letter-Bballoon paymentAny final payment on a note which is greater than twice the amount of any one of the six regularly scheduled payments immediately preceding the date of the final/balloon payment. [See RPI Form 418-3 and 419]
letter-Bballoon-payment qualified mortgageA type of qualified mortgage which allows small lenders to include a balloon feature.
letter-Bbankruptcy, Chapter 7A proceeding in federal court liquidating the homeowner's assets by sale to pay off their debts.
letter-Bbankruptcy, Chapter 13A proceeding in which the homeowner's financial obligations are restructured, allowing them to repay their debts over a three-to-five period.
letter-Bbargain and sale deedAny deed that recites a consideration and purports to convey the real estate; a bargain and sale deed with a covenant against the grantor's act is one in which the grantor warrants that grantor has done nothing to harm or cloud the title.
letter-Bbase and meridianImaginary lines used by surveyors to find and describe the location of private or public lands. In government surveys, a base line runs due east and west, meridians run due north and south, and are used to establish township boundaries.
letter-Bbase rentThe minimum monthly rent due under a nonresidential lease agreement. [See RPI Form 552 §4.3]
letter-Bbasis1) Cost Basis. 2) The cost basis after the application of certain additions for improvements, etc., and deductions for depreciation, etc.
letter-Bbearing wallA wall or partition which supports a part of a building, usually a roof or floor above.
letter-Bbeige bookWritten reports compiled by the Manager of the System Open Market Account detailing the current and prospective economic environment each bank district is encountering.
letter-Bbench markA monument used to establish the elevation of the point, usually relative to Mean Sea Level, but often to some local datum.
letter-BbeneficiaryThe individual entitled to the benefits of property held in a trust or estate, with title vested in a trustee or executor.
letter-Bbeneficiary statementA written disclosure made by a mortgage holder regarding the condition of a debt owed to them, usually evidenced by a trust deed note. [See RPI Form 415]
letter-BbequeathTo give or hand down by will; to leave by will.
letter-BbequestPersonal property given by the terms of a will.
letter-Bbest effort obligationObligations under an open listing requiring the agent to take reasonable steps to achieve the objective of the client but requiring no affirmative action until a match is located at which point due diligence is required.
letter-BbettermentAn improvement upon property which increases the property value and is considered as a capital asset as distinguished from repairs or replacements where the original character or cost is unchanged.
letter-Bbi-lateral contractA promise for a promise, such as a purchase agreement or a listing agreement.
letter-Bbilateral employment agreementA written exclusive employment agreement obligating the broker to exercise due diligence to fulfill the client's real estate objectives in exchange for the promise to pay a fee under various circumstances.
letter-Bbilateral rescissionAn agreement by a buyer and a seller mutually agreeing to terminate their purchase agreement.
letter-Bbill of saleA written instrument given to pass title of personal property from vendor to the vendee. Compare with a grant deed. [See RPI Form 408]
letter-BbinderA written commitment of a title insurer to issue a title insurance policy in the future, usually acquired by a buyer intending to resell the described property.
letter-Bblanket mortgageA single trust deed which describes more than one parcel of real estate as security for the referenced debt. [See RPI Form 450]
letter-Bblighted areaA district affected by detrimental influences of such extent or quantity that real property values have seriously declined as a result of adverse land use and/or destructive economic forces; characterized by rapidly depreciating buildings, retrogression and no recognizable prospects for improvement. However, renewal programs and changes in use may lead to resurgence of such areas.
letter-Bblind pool investment programAn investment which involves receipt of investor contributions in a group investment program before the syndicator identifies and discloses the real estate interest the investors’ funds will be used to acquire, an activity controlled by securities law.
letter-BblockbustingThe prohibited practice of a real estate licensee inducing a property owner to list their property for sale in response to a change taking place in the neighborhood demographics.
letter-Bbona fideIn good faith; without fraud or deceit; authentic.
letter-Bbona fide lease agreementA lease agreement with a fair market rent held by a residential tenant when ownership of the property is transferred by a foreclosure sale. [See RPI Form 550 and Form 552]
letter-Bbona fide purchaser (BFP)A buyer other than the mortgage holder who purchases a property for value at a trustee’s sale without notice of title or trustee’s sale defects.
letter-BbondWritten evidence issued by an insurer or guarantor of its obligation to pay the debt of another on a default in a promised performance.
letter-Bbook valueThe current value for accounting purposes of an asset expressed as original cost plus capital additions minus accumulated depreciation.
letter-BbootReceipt of an item not of like-kind property, such as cash or mortgage relief, in a tax deferred exchange.
letter-Bboundary disputeWhen owners of neighboring property cannot agree on the location of the dividing property line.
letter-BbreachThe failure to perform when required on an agreement, or failure of a duty owed another, either by omission or an act.
letter-Bbridge loanA short-term mortgage arranged for a buyer to fund the purchase of a property but encumbering other real estate owned by the buyer, pending the arrangement of long-term financing or the sale of the other real estate as the source of funds for its repayment.
letter-BbrokerA person employed for a fee by another to carry on any of the activities listed in the license law definition of a broker.
letter-Bbroker cooperation provisionA clause in employment agreements entered into by brokers and their clients enabling brokers, when acting on behalf of their clients in a transaction, to share fees between themselves at the brokers' discretion.
letter-Bbroker fee provisionA provision contained in a listing agreement in which an owner agrees to pay the broker a fee if their property is sold, exchanged or optioned during the listing period.
letter-Bbroker price opinion (BPO)An agent's opinion of a property's fair market value based on comparable sales.
letter-Bbroker price opinion (BPO) reportDocumentation by a broker of their findings and opinion of a property’s fair market value, including the purpose and scope of the evaluation.
letter-Bbroker-associateA California Bureau of Real Estate (CalBRE)-licensed broker who works in the employment of another CalBRE broker.
letter-Bbroker-salesperson relationship agreementA written agreement required by the regulations of the Real Estate Commissioner setting forth the material aspects of the relationship between a real estate broker and each salesperson and broker performing licensed activities in the name of the supervising broker. [See RPI Form 505]
letter-Bbrokered loanA private lender loan made or arranged by a real estate broker.
letter-Bbubble recoveryA post-recessionary period resembling a recovery, but artificially manufactured by unstable speculation and financial deregulation. Often leads to a vicious market cycle, causing yet another bubble that is bound to burst.
letter-Bbuilding codeA series of regulations for construction of buildings within a municipality established by ordinance or law.
letter-Bbuilding envelopeThe doors, windows, foundation, roof and walls of a property. Sealing these areas can dramatically reduce the cost of cooling and heating the property.
letter-Bbuilding inspectorsIndividuals employed by municipalities to ensure properties comply with local building codes,ordinances, zoning regulations and contract specifications.
letter-Bbuilding lineA line set by law a certain distance from a street line in front of which an owner cannot build on owner's lot. A setback line.
letter-Bbuilding permitPermits issued by a city or county building department authorizing commencement of construction in accordance with building codes and safety standards.
letter-Bbuilding restrictionsZoning, regulatory requirements or provisions in a deed limiting the type, size and use of a building.
letter-Bbuilding, market value ofThe sum of money which the presence of that structure adds to or subtracts from the value of the land it occupies. Land valued on the basis of highest and best use.
letter-Bbulk saleThe transfer of more than one-half the inventory of a business' materials or goods to a person other than the business' customers.
letter-Bbumpy plateau recoveryA recovery characterized by a prolonged pattern of short-term increases followed by short-term decreases in home sales volume and pricing, resulting in little or no long-term recovery trend, called secular stagnation.
letter-Bbundle of rightsAll of the legal rights incident to ownership of property including rights of use, possession, encumbering and disposition.
letter-Bbureau of land managementA federal bureau within the Department of the Interior which manages and controls certain lands owned by the United States.
letter-Bbusiness activity reportA report notifying the California Bureau of Real Estate (CalBRE) of an employing broker’s mortgage activities during the fiscal year.
letter-Bbusiness goodwillThe earning power of a business.
letter-Bbusiness modelA plan establishing the means and manner by which listings are produced and serviced, and how purchase agreements are negotiated and closed by a broker's agents.
letter-Bbusiness mortgageA debt incurred for other than personal, family or household (consumer) purposes and secured by any type of real estate.
letter-Bbusiness opportunityThe assets for a business enterprise including its goodwill. The term includes the sale or lease of the business and goodwill of an existing business enterprise or opportunity.
letter-Bbusiness trustA type of business entity which is not recognized in California; out-of-state business trusts are required to first qualify as a corporate entity with the Department of Business Oversight (DBO) before doing business in California.
letter-Bbuy phaseThe ideal moment to buy property, characterized by low prices, low interest rates and few willing buyers.
letter-Bbuy-back/put-backThe process of requiring originating lenders to re-purchase non-eligible mortgages sold to Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac.
letter-Bbuy-to-let investmentLong-term income property investment.
letter-Bbuyer mortgage capacityA buyer’s ability to make mortgage payments based on their debt-to-income ratios (DTI).
letter-Bbuyer occupantA buyer who purchases property for use as shelter for their family or business, and retains the property as a store of their wealth for as long as it serves the purposes of their occupancy.
letter-Bbuyer purchasing powerA homebuyer’s ability to purchase property funded by a purchase-assist mortgage based on 31% of their gross income for the buyer’s mortgage payment at current interest rates.
letter-Bbuyer's agentAn agent representing the buyer. Also known as a selling agent. [See RPI Form 103]
letter-Bbuyer's cost sheetA worksheet used when estimating the total expenditures for acquiring a property and the amount of funds needed to close, including the source of the funds. [See RPI Form 311]
letter-Bbuyer's marketA real estate market characterized by low homebuyer demand and high housing inventory.
letter-Bbuyer-seller assumption agreementA promise given by the buyer to the seller to perform all the terms of a mortgage taken over by the buyer on the property purchased.
letter-Bbuyout provisionA provision in a limited liability company (LLC) operating agreement which, on termination of a member's interest, grants the remaining members the right to buy out the terminated member's interest in the LLC or dissolve the LLC. [See RPI Form 372 §7]
letter-BbylawsRules for the conduct of the internal affairs of corporations and other organizations.
letter-CCalifornia Bureau of Real Estate (CalBRE)A government agency which oversees, regulates, administers and enforces California real estate law as practiced by licensees.
letter-CCalifornia Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA)Legislation which prohibits landlords from using discriminatory rental policies to avoid renting to a tenant based on familial status.
letter-CCalifornia Home Energy Rating System (HERS)California state system used to create a standard rating for energy efficiency and certify professional raters.
letter-CCalifornia Housing Finance Agency (CalHFA)An independent California state agency that makes low-rate housing loans through the sale of taxable and tax exempt bonds.
letter-CCalifornia Land Title Association (CLTA) title policyThe standard title insurance policy.
letter-CcallA mortgage holder’s demand for the balance of the loan to be immediately paid in full. [See RPI From 418-3]
letter-Ccall optionAn agreement giving a buyer the right to buy property within a specified time or upon an event at a specified price with terms for payment. [See RPI Form 161]
letter-Ccall provisionA provision in a note giving the mortgage holder the right to demand full payment at any time or after a specified time or event, also called an acceleration clause. [See RPI From 418-3]
letter-CCalVetA program administered by the State Department of Veterans Affairs for the direct financing of farm and home purchases by eligible California veterans of the armed forces.
letter-CCanadian rolloverGenerally refers to an adjustable rate mortgage. Named for the standard Canadian home loan which adjusts every few years, with no cap on the rate adjustment.
letter-Ccancellation provisionA lease agreement provision permitting the tenant to terminate their occupancy and rent obligation by paying a set sum of money.
Letter-Ccapable partiesParties who can be held responsible for the performance of their obligations under a contract. One of the essential elements needed to form a contract.
letter-Ccapital assetsAssets of a permanent nature used in the production of an income, such as land, buildings, machinery and equipment, etc. Under income tax law, it is usually distinguishable from inventory which comprises assets held for sale to customers in ordinary course of the taxpayer's trade or business.
letter-Ccapital gainTaxable profits from the sale of an asset.
letter-CcapitalizationIn appraising, determining value of property by considering net income and percentage of reasonable return on the investment. The value of an income property is determined by dividing annual net income by the Capitalization Rate.
letter-Ccapitalization (cap) rateThe annual rate of return on invested capital applied to the net operating income (NOI) produced by the operations of an income property to evaluate the property. The cap rate is calculated for an owner by dividing the property’s NOI by the owner’s asking price, or, for a buyer by adding to the current 10-year Treasury note rate a risk premium rate and recovery rate appropriate for the classification of the subject income property.
letter-Ccapitalization approachAn evaluation method used to arrive at a property’s value based on the present worth of the property’s future net operating income (NOI).
letter-CcarcinogenA substance which causes cancer in human beings.
letter-Ccarryback financingA note and trust deed executed by a buyer of real estate in favor of the seller for the unpaid portion of the sales price on closing, also known as an installment sale, credit sale or seller financing.
letter-Ccarryback mortgageA note and trust deed executed by a buyer of real estate in favor of the seller for the unpaid portion of the sales price on closing, also known as an installment sale, credit sale or seller financing.
letter-Ccarrying costThe cost of holding and maintaining inventory.
letter-Ccarryover provisionAn adjustable rate note provision allowing the lender to apply any margin exceeding a periodic rate cap on a given adjustment to the next scheduled rate adjustment.
letter-Ccasement windowsFrames of wood or metal which swing outward.
letter-Ccash collateralIn Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, cash or cash equivalents from the sale of property in which the lender has an interest.
letter-Ccash flowThe net income generated by a property before depreciation and other noncash expenses.
letter-Ccash is kingAn expression referring to the importance of cash flow during recessionary periods.
letter-Ccash-on-cash returnSpendable income stated as a percentage of total member contributions to equity capital, represented by operating income remaining after all expenses and mortgage payments have been paid and before depreciation deductions or income taxes.
letter-Ccasitas/granny flatAttached, freestanding, or over-the-garage apartments that have no direct access to the main house.
letter-Ccause of actionFacts which are the basis for a claim in a court action.
letter-Ccaveat emptorA Latin expression meaning, "Let the buyer beware."
letter-Ccertificate of clearanceA document certifying a property has been cleared of all infestations and all repairs necessary to prevent infestations have been completed.
letter-Ccertificate of eligibilityIssued by Department of Veterans Affairs - evidence of individual's eligibility to obtain VA loan.
letter-Ccertificate of reasonable value (CRV)The Federal VA appraisal commitment of property value.
letter-Ccertificate of saleA certificate issued to the successful bidder on the completion of a judicial foreclosure sale.
letter-Ccertificate of taxes dueA written statement or guaranty of the condition of the taxes on a certain property made by the County Treasurer of the county wherein the property is located. Any loss resulting to any person from an error in a tax certificate shall be paid by the county which such treasurer represents.
letter-Ccertificate of titleA written opinion by an attorney that ownership of the particular parcel of land is as stated in the certificate.
letter-Ccertified CID managerA non-required professional designation certifying an individual has met legislated educational
requirements specific to managing common interest developments.
letter-CchainA unit of measurement used by surveyors. A chain consists of 100 links equal to 66 feet.
letter-Cchain of titleA history of conveyances and encumbrances affecting the title from the time the original patent was granted, or as far back as records are available, used to determine how title came to be vested in the current owner.
letter-Cchange, principle ofHolds that it is the future, not the past, which is of prime importance in estimating value. Change is largely result of cause and effect.
letter-Cchanged circumstancesExtraordinary events defined by federal mortgage law which may be the basis for the costs provided in the Loan Estimate.
letter-CcharacteristicsDistinguishing features of a (residential) property.
letter-Ccharging orderAn attachment device used by a creditor to place a lien on the ownership interest in a limited liability company (LLC) held by the individual member for the payment of a money judgment, and either appoint a receiver to hold the debtor member's share or foreclose on the member's interest in the LLC.
letter-Cchattel mortgageA claim on personal property (instead of real property) used to secure or guarantee a promissory note. (See definition of Security Agreement and Security Interest.)
letter-Cchattel realAn estate related to real estate, such as a lease on real property.
letter-CchattelsGoods and every variety of personal property, movable or immovable, which are not real property. Personal property.
letter-Cchoice-of-law provisionA clause which sets the state law applicable in the event of a dispute. [See RPI Form 552 §23.4]
letter-Cchose in actionA personal right to something not presently in the owner's possession, but recoverable by a legal action for possession.
letter-Ccircuit breaker1) An electrical device which automatically interrupts an electric circuit when an overload occurs; may be used instead of a fuse to protect each circuit and can be reset. 2) In property taxation, a method for granting property tax relief to the elderly and disadvantaged qualified taxpayers by rebate, tax credits or cash payments. Usually limited to homeowners and renters.
letter-Ccivil lawA Spanish legal system in which an elaborate system of statutes address permissible conduct of the people in advance of disputes.
letter-CCivil Rights ActA federal law which provides broad protections to numerous classes of individuals in the United States against discriminatory activities.
letter-Cclaim of rightA claim of ownership made without any documentation, except possession and payment of taxes.
letter-Cclass actionAn action against a person brought by or on behalf of all similarly situated claimants.
letter-Cclassified riskImproper activity or activity leading to a lack of proper performance which may impose liability for losses the activity may cause to others.
letter-Cclient fileA physical file established at the beginning of a listing to house information and document all the activity which arises within the broker’s office due to the existence of the employment. 
letter-CclientsMembers of the public who retain brokers and agents to perform real estate related services.
letter-Cclosed-end mortgageA mortgage in which the funds are disbursed once and paid off over time.
letter-CclosingThe process by which all the parties to a real estate transaction perform their obligations in the sale or mortgage of the property, including the execution of documents and distributions of funds.
letter-Cclosing costsThe miscellaneous expenses buyers and sellers normally incur in the transfer of ownership of real property over and above the price paid and received for the property.
letter-CClosing DisclosureA disclosure of the buyer’s final settlement charges and mortgage terms handed to the buyer on a standard form within three business days before mortgage closing.
letter-Cclosing statementAn accounting of funds made to the buyer and seller separately, made at the completion of real estate sales and mortgage transactions. [See RPI Form 402]
letter-Ccloud on titleA claim, encumbrance or condition which impairs the title, not possession, to real estate until eliminated by a release of recorded document, quitclaim deed or a quiet title action.
letter-Cco-signerA second party who signs a promissory note together with the primary borrower.
letter-CcoercionThe act of persuading someone to do something against their will by the use of force or threat.
letter-CcollateralTangible assets securing a loan which are worth more than the principal balance of the loan.
letter-Ccollateral assignmentAn agreement providing additional, cumulative and concurrent security for a debt, in the form of personal property, to additionally secure the property owner’s performance under the debt. [See RPI Form 437 and 446]
letter-Ccollateral securityA separate obligation attached to contract to guarantee its performance; the transfer of property or of other contracts, or valuables, to insure the performance of a principal agreement.
letter-CcollusionAn agreement between two or more persons to defraud another of rights by the forms of law, or to obtain an object forbidden by law.
letter-Ccolor of titleTitle that has the appearance of validity but has a fatal defect and is ineffective.
letter-Ccommercial acreA term applied to the remainder of an acre of newly subdivided land after the area devoted to streets, sidewalks and curbs, etc., has been deducted from the acre.
letter-Ccommercial communicationAnything written or spoken used to attract homeowners to a service.
letter-Ccommercial facilityProperty owned, leased or operated by a private entity whose operation affects commerce.
letter-Ccommercial loanA personal loan from a commercial bank, usually unsecured and short term, for other than mortgage purposes.
letter-Ccommercial paperNegotiable instruments such as promissory notes, letters of credit and bills of lading. Instruments developed under the law of merchant.
letter-CcomminglingThe mixing of personal funds with client or third-party funds held in trust.
letter-CcommissionAn agent's compensation for performing the duties of the agency; in real estate practice, a percentage of the selling price of property, percentage of rentals, etc. A fee for services.
letter-CcommitmentA pledge or a promise or firm agreement to do something in the future, such as a loan company giving a written commitment with specific terms of mortgage loan it will make.
letter-CcommodityA marketable good or service.
letter-Ccommon areaAn entire common interest subdivision except the separate interests therein.
letter-Ccommon area maintenance chargeProperty operating expenses incurred by a commercial landlord and paid by the tenant as rent in additonal to the base rent, adjustments and percentages. [See RPI Form 552 §6]
letter-Ccommon boundary improvementAn improvement which acts as a demarcation of the property line.
letter-Ccommon boundary treesShrubbery or trees with trunks which stand partly on the land of two adjacent properties belonging to the adjacent owners.
letter-Ccommon descriptionDescription of real estate by its street address. Also known as a common address.
letter-Ccommon interest development (CID)Condominium projects, cooperatives or single family residences in a planned unit development. [See RPI Form 135]
letter-Ccommon lawAn English legal system in which disputes are decided on a case-by-case basis before a judge applying codes and prior cases.
letter-Ccommon stockThat class of corporate stock to which there is ordinarily attached no preference with respect to the receipt of dividends or the distribution of assets on corporate dissolution.
letter-Ccommunity banksSmall and local banks not tied to the "too big to fail" Wall Street banks.
letter-Ccommunity propertyAll property acquired by husband or wife during a marriage when not acquired as the separate property of either spouse.
letter-CcompactionWhenever extra soil is added to a lot to fill in low places or to raise the level of the lot, the added soil is often too loose and soft to sustain the weight of the buildings. Therefore, it is necessary to compact the added soil so that it will carry the weight of buildings without the danger of their tilting, settling or cracking.
letter-Ccomparable market analysisA worksheet used by an agent to prepare an estimate for review with an equity purchase (EP) investor of the value of property for sale based on the price recently paid for similar properties. [See RPI Form 200-1]
letter-Ccomparable propertyA recently sold property with characteristics similar to the subject property being evaluated. Or, a like-type rental property with operating characteristics similar to the subject property for establishing the subject property’s probable net operating income.
letter-Ccomparable salesSales of properties recently sold which have similar characteristics as the subject property being evaluated and are used for analysis in the appraisal of the subject property.
letter-Ccomparative advantageThe advantage a person who produces a product at a greater margin of profit has over a competitor.
letter-Ccomparative cost analysisA comparison of the costs a tenant will incur to occupy and operate in a particular space against the costs to operate in other available space. [See RPI Form 562]
letter-Ccomparative market analysis (CMA)An evaluation method used to arrive at a property’s value based on the current selling prices or net operating income of similar properties.
letter-Ccomparative negligenceAn injured person's share of the negligence causing their injury when the injured person's lack of care for themselves contributes to the injury.
letter-Ccomparison approachA method for comparing a given property with similar or comparable surrounding properties; also called market comparison.
letter-Ccompensating factorsPositive factors which compensate for a high debt load.
letter-CcompensationAny financial or economic incentive, including salaries, fees or commissions for rendering a service.
letter-CcompetentLegally qualified.
letter-Ccompetition, principle ofHolds that profits tend to breed competition and excess profits tend to breed ruinous completion.
letter-Ccompetitive advantageIncreasingly drastic lending measures motivated by the desire for ever greater earnings and strategic advantage over one's rivals.
letter-Ccompliance-with-laws clauseA provision in a nonresidential lease agreement controlling the conduct of tenant activities on the property to conform with public laws, building ordinances or tenant association rules. [See RPI Form 552 §7.3]
letter-Ccompound interestInterest paid on original principal and also on the accrued and unpaid interest which has accumulated as the debt matures.
letter-Ccompounded base rentRent that adjusts yearly by a certain percentage of the prior year's rent.
letter-CcompoundingThe adding of accrued and unpaid interest to principal which thereafter accrues interest as principal at the note rate.
letter-Ccompounding on defaultAn interest provision triggered by a delinquency in a payment causing interest to accrue on the amount of interest contained in the delinquent installment at the note rate until the delinquent payment is paid, a type of late charge. [See RPI Form 418-1]
letter-Ccomputation periodFor impound account analysis, the 12-month period beginning on the date of the initial impound deposit during which monthly deposits, disbursements and any applicable interest occur.
letter-CconclusionThe final estimate of value, realized from facts, data, experience and judgment, set out in an appraisal. Appraiser's certified conclusion.
letter-CcondemnationThe act of taking private property for public use by the government with payment to owner to compensate for the taking, or the government declaration that a structure is unfit for use.
letter-CconditionIn contracts, a future and uncertain event which must happen to create an obligation or which extinguishes an existent obligation. In conveyances of real property conditions in the conveyance may cause an interest to be vested or defeated.
letter-Ccondition concurrentA provision in an agreement calling for the performance of an activity by a buyer or seller without concern for the performance of the other person.
letter-Ccondition precedentA provision in an agreement calling for the occurrence of an event or performance of an act by another person before the buyer or seller is required to further perform.
letter-Ccondition subsequentA condition attached to an already-vested estate or to a contract whereby the estate is defeated or the contract extinguished through the failure or non-performance of the condition.
letter-Cconditional assignment of rentsA trust deed provision which creates a lien on all rents in favor of the lender. The rents become additional security to the real estate which is also liened by the trust deed. Compare with absolute assignment of rents.
letter-Cconditional commitmentA commitment of a definite loan amount for some future unknown purchaser of satisfactory credit standing.
letter-Cconditional estateUsually called, in California, Fee Simple Defeasible. An estate that is granted subject to a condition subsequent. The estate is terminable on happening of the condition.
letter-Cconditional sale contractA contract for the sale of property stating that delivery is to be made to the buyer, title to remain vested in the seller until the conditions of the contract have been fulfilled. (See definition of Security Interest.)
letter-Cconditionally privileged publicationA lawsuit or dispute over a right or interest in real estate made in good faith and without malice, barring a slander of title action.
letter-CcondominiumAn estate in real property wherein there is an undivided interest in common in a portion of real property coupled with a separate interest in space called a unit, the boundaries of which are described on a recorded final map, parcel map or condominium plan. The areas within the boundaries may be filled with air, earth, or water or any combination and need not be attached to land except by easements for access and support.
letter-Ccondominium declarationThe document which establishes a condominium and describes the property rights of the unit owners.
letter-Cconfession of judgmentAn entry of judgment upon the debtor's voluntary admission or confession.
letter-Cconfirmation of saleA court approval of the sale of property by an executor, administrator, guardian or conservator.
letter-CconfiscationThe seizing of property without compensation.
letter-Cconflict of interestAn interference with fulfillment of an agent’s duties owed to the client due to competing interests which might influence the agent’s opinion of value.
letter-Cconforming loanA conventional mortgage with terms, conditions and a maximum principal amount set by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
letter-Cconformity, principle ofHolds that the maximum of value is realized when a reasonable degree of homogeneity of improvements is present. Use conformity is desirable, creating and maintaining higher values.
letter-CconservationThe process of utilizing resources in such a manner which minimizes their depletion.
letter-Cconservation easementA voluntary conveyance of the right to keep land in its natural or historical condition to a conservation organization or government agency.
letter-CconsiderationAnything given or promised by a party to induce another to enter into a contract. It may be a benefit conferred upon one party or a detriment suffered by the other.
letter-CconstantThe percentage which, when applied directly to the face value of a debt, develops the annual amount of money necessary to pay a specified net rate of interest on the reducing balance and to liquidate the debt in a specified time period. For example, a 6% loan with a 20 year amortization has a constant of approximately 8 1/2%. Thus, a $10,000 loan amortized over 20 years requires an annual payment of approximately $850.00.
letter-Cconstruction lenderA lender that originates a mortgage which funds the construction or development of real estate.
letter-Cconstruction loanA loan made to finance the actual construction or improvement on land. Funds are usually dispersed in increments as the construction progresses.
letter-Cconstruction startsBuilding permits issued before builders may begin construction.
letter-Cconstructive deliveryDelivery of a deed occurring when the deed is understood by the grantor and grantee to be delivered by agreement, or when the deed is accepted by a third-party for the benefit of the grantee.
letter-Cconstructive evictionA termination of the tenant's right of possession and cancellation of the lease agreement on vacating due to the landlord's failure to maintain the premises as stated in the lease. [See RPI Form 552 §6]
letter-Cconstructive fraudA breach of duty, as by a person in a fiduciary capacity, without an actual fraudulent intent, which gains an advantage to the person at fault by misleading another to the other s prejudice. Any act of omission declared by law to be fraudulent, without respect to actual fraud.
letter-Cconstructive noticeTo be charged with the knowledge of conditions existing on the property by recorded documents or an occupancy of the property at the time of a transaction.
letter-Cconstructive trustAn involuntary, court-created trust imposed on the ownership of real estate held by an owner who acquired it through fraud or other wrongful action.
letter-Cconsultation feeA fee the broker charges for the time spent locating rental property if the tenant decides not to lease space during the exclusive authorization period. [See RPI Form 111 §4.2]
letter-Cconsumer confidenceAn economic indicator measuring the current level of optimism consumers feel about their personal financial situation and the present state of the broader economy.
letter-CConsumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)An independent federal agency fathered by the Dodd-Frank Act responsible for regulating consumer protection with regards to lending products and services.
letter-Cconsumer mortgageA debt incurred primarily for personal, family, or household purposes and secured by a parcel of real estate containing one-to-four residential units.
letter-Cconsumer mortgage applicationA consumer mortgage application is a request for an offer of consumer mortgage terms.
letter-CConsumer Price Index (CPI)The CPI measures and tracks the rate of consumer inflation. This is presented as an index of fluctuations in the general price of a wide selection of consumable products -- goods and services.
letter-Cconsumer price inflationAn increase in the general price level of all goods and services consumed in the economy.
letter-Cconsumer purposeA primarily personal, family or household use.
letter-Cconsumer reporting agencyCompanies that compile debt information from credit bureaus and other credit sources and sell credit reports to consumers or lenders.
letter-CcontiguousAdjoining lots which share a common border.
letter-CContinentalAn early form of currency issued by congress after the start of the Revolutionary War.
letter-CcontingencyA condition that needs to be met before escrow can proceed to closing.
letter-Ccontingency feeAn incentive bonus paid upon successfully completing or hitting certain benchmarks, or received as compensation on the occurrence of an event.
letter-Ccontingency fee clauseA provision in an offer-to-lease which states the broker's fee is payable on the transfer of possession to the tenant. [See RPI Form 556 §15]
letter-Ccontingency fee provisionA provision in purchase agreements and escrow instructions calling for a specific event to occur or act to be performed before the broker's fee is payable. [See RPI Form 150 §15.1]
letter-Ccontinuing nuisanceAn ongoing nuisance that can be entirely eliminated by those adversely affected by the activity or condition.
letter-CcontourThe surface configuration of land. Shown on maps as a line through points of equal elevation.
letter-CcontractAn agreement to do or not to do something. Four essential elements are needed to be valid: parties capable of contracting, consent of the parties, a lawful object, and consideration. A contract for sale of real property must also be in writing and signed by the parties to be charged with performance.
letter-Ccontract collectionThe collection and accounting for payments on a promissory note for a fee.
letter-Ccontractionary monetary policyAn effort to decrease the amount of money in circulation.
letter-CcontractorAnyone who constructs, alters, repairs, improves or demolishes any building, road, project,
development or improvement.
letter-Ccontribution, principle ofA component part of a property is valued in proportion to its contribution to the value of the whole. Holds that maximum values are achieved when the improvements on a site produce the highest (net) return, commensurate with the investment.
letter-Cconventional financingA mortgage securing a loan made by institutional lenders without governmental underwriting, i.e., which is not FHA insured or VA guaranteed.
letter-Cconventional mortgageA mortgage that is not made, insured or guaranteed by the federal government.
letter-CconversionThe unlawful appropriation of another’s property, as in the conversion of trust funds.
letter-Cconversion adjustable rate mortgage (ARM)An adjustable rate mortgage (ARM) which may be converted to a fixed rate mortgage (FRM) during the mortgage term.
letter-CconveyanceA transfer of an interest in title to property from one person to another, such as is effected by a deed or a trust deed.
letter-Ccooperating brokerA broker or their agent acting as a subagent of the seller's broker with specific affirmative duties of care owed the seller, but not the buyer.
letter-Ccooperative (apartment)An apartment building, owned by a corporation and in which tenancy in an apartment unit is obtained by purchase of shares of the stock of the corporation and where the owner of such shares is entitled to occupy a specific apartment in the building. In California, this type of ownership is called a stock cooperative.
letter-Ccorner influence tableA statistical table that may be used to estimate the added value of a corner lot.
letter-Ccorporate resolutionA document from a corporation's board of directors which gives the officers of a corporation the
authority to sign and bind the corporation to a lease.
letter-Ccorporate securities risksA risk of loss of investor funds that arises due to investment discretion when a syndicator acquires investor funds before identifying and disclosing an existing asset to be purchased.
letter-CcorporationAn entity established and treated by law as an individual or unit with rights and liabilities, or both, distinct and apart from those of the persons composing it. A corporation is a creature of law having certain powers and duties of a natural person. Being created by law it may continue for any length of time the law prescribes.
letter-Ccorporeal rightsPossessory rights in real property.
letter-Ccorrection linesA system for compensating inaccuracies in the Government Rectangular Survey System due to the curvature of the earth. Every fourth township line, 24 mile intervals, is used as a correction line on which the intervals between the north and south range lines are remeasured and corrected to a full 6 miles.
letter-CcorrelationA step in the appraisal process involving the interpretation of data derived from the three approaches to value (cost, market and income) leading to a single determination of value. Also frequently referred to as reconciliation.
letter-Ccorrelative rightsThe sharing of water between riparian land owners based on a tiered variety of priority and subordinate uses across the entire group of riparian owners.
letter-Ccost approachAn evaluation method used to arrive at a property’s value based on the present cost of acquiring the land and constructing the existing improvements.
letter-Ccost basisThe cost incurred to acquire and improve an asset subject to adjustments for destruction and depreciation, used primarily for tax reporting.
letter-Ccost of fundsThe interest rate a lender pays on money it uses to fund loans.
letter-CCost of Funds IndexOne of several indices referenced by lenders in adjustable rate mortgage notes to adjust the note's interest rate. This index is one of the steadiest.
letter-CcotenancyOwnership of an interest in a particular parcel of land by more than one person; e.g. tenancy in common, joint tenancy.
letter-CcounterofferAn alternative response to an offer received consisting of terms different from those of the offer rejected. [See RPI Form 180]
letter-CcovenantAn agreement or promise to do or not to do a particular act such as a promise to build a house of a particular architectural style or to use or not use property in a certain way.
letter-Ccovenant of quiet enjoymentAn implied lease provision which prohibits the landlord from interfering with the tenant's agreed use and possession of a property.
letter-Ccovenants, conditions and restrictions (CC&Rs)Recorded restrictions on the title to a parcel of real estate prohibiting or limiting specified uses by the owner of the parcel.
letter-CcpmCertified Property Manager, a designation of the Institute of Real Estate Management.
letter-CcramdownThe reduction of the principal balance of a mortgage debt to the value of the mortgaged real estate.
letter-Ccrawl holeExterior or interior opening permitting access underneath building, as required by building codes.
letter-CcreditA bookkeeping entry on the right side of an account, recording the reduction or elimination of an asset or an expense, or the creation of or addition to a liability or item of equity or revenue.
letter-Ccredit applicationA document prepared by a prospective tenant which includes a provision authorizing the investigation and receipt of information on the applicant's creditworthiness. [See RPI Form 302]
letter-Ccredit repairA service purporting to raise credit scores and remove bad credit.
letter-Ccredit repair organizationA person or company that offers to improve a buyer’s credit history, record or rating in exchange for a fee.
letter-CCredit Repair Organization Act (CROA)A federal law protecting credit repair consumers from fraud perpetrated by credit repair organizations.
letter-Ccredit reportA compilation of a buyer’s collected credit history.
letter-Ccredit reporting agencyA private agency which collects and reports information regarding an individual's credit history.
letter-Ccredit scoreA numerical representation of a borrower’s creditworthiness, based on credit information obtained by a credit bureau.
letter-Ccredit score disclosureA disclosure of a consumer’s credit score information as required by the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).
letter-Ccredit score exception noticeA risk-based pricing notice disclosure provided to the consumer to fulfill the credit score disclosure and the Notice to Home Loan Applicant under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).
letter-CcreditworthinessAn individual’s ability to borrow money, determined by their present income and previous debt payment history.
letter-Ccross-collateralizationThe use of one trust deed to describe multiple parcels of real estate or a UCC-1 financing statement encumbering personal property together with a trust deed as additional security for payment of a debt. [See RPI Form 436]
letter-Ccurable breachA breach of the lease agreement which can be remedied by action from the tenant.
letter-Ccurable depreciationItems of physical deterioration and functional obsolescence which are customarily repaired or replaced by a prudent property owner.
letter-Ccurrent indexWith regard to an adjustable rate mortgage, the current value of a recognized index as calculated and published nationally or regionally. The current index value changes periodically and is used in calculating the new note rate as of each rate adjustment date.
letter-Ccurtail scheduleA listing of the amounts by which the principal sum of an obligation is to be reduced by partial payments and of the dates when each payment will become payable.
letter-CcustodianAn individual whose primary duty is to administer and manage an individual retirement account (IRA) on the IRA owner's behalf.
letter-DdamagesThe indemnity recoverable by a person who has sustained an injury, either in his or her person, property, or relative rights, through the act or default of another. Loss sustained or harm done to a person or property.
letter-Ddata plantAn appraiser's file of information on real estate.
letter-Ddate-down searchA further search of the public records performed by a title insurer after preparing a preliminary title report and immediately prior to issuance of a policy of title insurance.
letter-Ddead cat bounceAn initial brief rebound in home prices following a crash in property pricing; not indicative of the beginning of a true recovery.
letter-Ddealer propertyReal estate held for sale to customers in the ordinary course of an owner’s trade or business, where the earnings on the sales of the properties are taxed as business inventory at ordinary income rates.
letter-DdebentureBonds issued without security, an obligation not secured by a specific lien on property.
letter-DdebitA bookkeeping entry on the left side of an account, recording the creation of or addition to an asset or an expense, or the reduction or elimination of a liability or item of equity or revenue.
letter-DdebtMoney due from one person or another; obligation, liability.
letter-Ddebt overhangExcess mortgage debt on a negative equity property.
letter-Ddebt serviceThe amount of principal and interest paid on a debt periodically, also referred to as the loan payment amount.
letter-Ddebt-to-income ratio (DTI)The percentage of monthly gross income that goes towards paying debt.
letter-DdebtorA person who owes money to another.
letter-DdeciduousA tree that loses its leaves each year.
letter-Ddeclaration of default and demand for saleA document delivered to the trustee under a power of sale provision by the mortgage holder instructing the trustee to initiate foreclosure on the secured real estate by recording a notice of default (NOD).
letter-Ddeclaration of forfeiture provisionA lease or rental agreement provision declaring a tenant's failure to cure a breach of the agreement constitutes a forfeiture of the tenant's right of possession. [See RPI Form 575 §5]
letter-Ddeclaration of homesteadA document signed by a homeowner and filed with the county recorder's office to shield the owner-occupant's homestead equity from seizure by creditors. [See RPI Form 465]
letter-Ddeclaratory reliefAn action seeking a judicial declaration of the rights and obligations of parties to a disputed situation.
letter-Ddeclining balance depreciationA method of accelerated depreciation allowed by the IRS in certain circumstances. Double Declining Balance Depreciation is its most common form and is computed by using double the rate used for straight line depreciation.
letter-Ddecree of foreclosureDecree by a court ordering the sale of mortgaged property and the payment of the debt owing to the lender out of the proceeds.
letter-DdedicationThe giving of land by its owner to a public use and the acceptance for such use by authorized officials on behalf of the public.
letter-DdeedWritten instrument which when signed and delivered (executed) conveys title to real property from one person (grantor) to another (grantee).
letter-Ddeed restrictionsLimitations in the deed to a property that dictate certain uses that may or may not be made of the property.
letter-Ddeed-in-lieu of foreclosureA grant deed conveying the mortgaged real estate to a mortgage holder which is accepted from the property owner in exchange for cancelling the mortgage debt to avoid foreclosure. [See RPI Form 406]
letter-DdefacingWhen a document is modified on its face, usually by striking copy and interlineation, after it is signed by one or both parties.
letter-DdefaultFailure to fulfill a duty or promise or to discharge an obligation; omission or failure to perform a promised act.
letter-Ddefault rate provisionA note provision increasing the note rate on the remaining principal when the final/balloon payment becomes delinquent.
letter-Ddefault remedies provisionA lease agreement provision authorizing the landlord on termination of the tenant's lease due to the tenant's default to collect rents for the remaining unexpired lease term. [See RPI Form 550 §3.1 and 552 §2.1]
letter-Ddefeasance clauseThe clause in a mortgage that gives the mortgagor the right to redeem mortgagor's property upon the payment of mortgagor's obligations to the mortgagee.
letter-Ddefeasible feeSometimes called a base fee or qualified fee; a fee simple absolute interest in land that is capable of being defeated or terminated upon the happening of a specified event.
letter-DdefendantA person against whom legal action is initiated for the purpose of obtaining criminal sanctions (criminal defendant) or damages or other appropriate judicial relief (civil defendant).
letter-Ddeferred maintenanceExisting but unfulfilled requirements for maintenance, repairs and replacements. Postponed or delayed maintenance causing decline in a building's physical condition.
letter-Ddeferred payment optionsThe privilege of deferring income payments to take advantage of statutes affording tax benefits.
letter-DdeficiencyLosses experienced by a mortgage holder at a foreclosure sale due to insufficient value of the mortgaged property to satisfy the mortgage debt.
letter-Ddeficiency judgmentA money award obtained by a mortgage holder to recover money losses experienced when the value of the mortgaged property is less than the remaining mortgage debt at the time of the judicial foreclosure sale.
letter-DdeflationA fall in the pricing of goods or property (the opposite of inflation).
letter-Ddelegation of powersThe conferring by an agent upon another of all or certain of the powers that have been conferred upon the agent by the principal.
letter-DdelinquencyA tenant or borrower's failure to pay the agreed amounts on or before the due date or expiration of any
grace period.
letter-Ddelinquent taxesProperty taxes not paid prior to becoming delinquent.
letter-DdemandThe amount of housing inventory desired by buyer occupants.
letter-DDepartment of Fair Employment and HousingThe state agency designated to protect Californians from discrimination in housing, employment and public
letter-DDepartment of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)The federal agency responsible for the administration of U.S. government housing and urban development programs.
letter-Ddeposit receiptA term used by the real estate industry to describe the written offer to purchase real property upon stated term and conditions, accompanied by a deposit toward the purchase price, which becomes the contract for the sale of the property upon acceptance by the owner.
letter-DdepreciationThe loss of property value due to its age, physical deterioration, or functional or economic obsolescence. The term is also used to account for the annual untaxed recovery of capital invested in real estate improvements over the remaining useful life of the improvements.
letter-Ddepth tableA statistical table that may be used to estimate the value of the added depth of a lot.
letter-Ddesignated officerThe individual who is the licensed officer qualifying a corporation for a corporate broker license.
letter-Ddesist and refrain orderAn order directing a person to stop from committing an act in violation of the Real Estate Law.
letter-Ddesk reviewA second appraiser’s review of an appraisal report to verify and evaluate the findings.
letter-DDesktop Underwriter (DU)Fannie Mae’s automated underwriting (AU) system.
letter-Ddestruction provisionA provision in a lease agreement in which a tenant agrees to pay for any destruction to the premises caused by the tenant, covered by the tenant's insurance or required by other lease provisions. [See RPI Form 552 §16]
letter-Ddeterminable feeAn estate which may end on the happening of an event that may or may not occur.
letter-DdeviseA gift or disposal of real property by last will and testament.
letter-DdeviseeOne who receives a gift of real property by will.
letter-DdevisorOne who disposes of real property by will.
letter-Ddirectional growthThe location or direction toward which the residential sections of a city are destined or determined to grow.
letter-Ddis-savingThe act of cashing in savings and liquidating assets to spend on goods and services.
letter-Ddisabled personAnyone who has a physical or mental impairment which significantly limits major life activities, has a record of disability, or is regarded as being disabled.
letter-Ddischarge-of-indebtedness incomeReportable income resulting from a mortgage holder’s discount on a payoff of a mortgage debt. Called a short pay.
letter-DdisclosureA fact that is made known, such as informing a buyer or tenant about a property's condition.
letter-DdiscountTo sell a promissory note before maturity at a price less than the outstanding principal balance of the note at the time of sale. Also an amount deducted in advance by the lender from the nominal principal of a loan as part of the cost to the borrower of obtaining the loan.
letter-Ddiscount pointsThe amount of money the borrower or seller must pay the lender to get a mortgage at a stated interest rate.
letter-Ddiscount rateThe interest rate the Federal Reserve charges banks and thrifts who borrow funds directly from the Fed to maintain reserve requirements.
letter-Ddiscretionary powers of agencyThose powers conferred upon an agent by the principal which empower the agent in certain circumstances to make decisions based on the agent's own judgment.
letter-Ddiscriminatory practicesUnequal treatment given to members of a protected class of individuals.
letter-DdisequilibriumAn extreme imbalance in supply and demand which prevents the market from reaching equilibrium in pricing.
letter-DdisintermediationThe relatively sudden withdrawal of substantial sums of money savers have deposited with savings and loan associations, commercial banks and mutual savings banks. This term can also be considered to include life insurance policy purchasers borrowing against the value of their policies. The essence of this phenomenon is financial intermediaries losing within a short period of time billions of dollars as owners of funds held by those institutional lenders exercise their prerogative of taking them out of the hands of these financial institutions.
letter-Ddisposable incomeThe after-tax income a household receives to spend on personal consumption.
letter-DdispossessTo deprive one of the use of real estate.
letter-Ddisregarded entityA sole proprietorship separate from its owner for liability purposes, such as a single member limited liability company (LLC) or limited partnership (LP), where the owner reports business income on their personal tax returns, also called a pass-through entity.
letter-Ddistribution in kindDistribution of a limited liability company's (LLC's) real estate on dissolution to members as a return of their capital contributions.
letter-DdiversificationVarying the types and areas of investment in a portfolio to mitigate risk.
letter-Ddocumentary transfer taxA tax imposed on a recorded document when real estate is transferred.
letter-DdocumentsLegal instruments such as mortgages, contracts, deeds, options, wills, bills of sale, etc.
letter-DDodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank)A federal consumer protection law which created minimum standards and oversight for consumer mortgage origination.
letter-Ddominant tenementThe property benefitting from an easement on a servient tenement.
letter-DdoneeA person who receives a gift.
letter-DdonorA person who makes a gift.
letter-Ddouble escrowAn EP investor resale arrangement used to flip a property prior to closing their purchase escrow and acquiring title, by which the investor opens a second escrow for the resale of the property to another buyer.
letter-Ddouble-dipA second decrease following closely after an initial decrease and a short recovery; indicative of market weakness. Usually refers to recessions.
letter-Ddouble-endWhen the seller's agent receives the entire fee in the real estate transaction, there being no buyer's agent for fee splitting.
letter-Ddragnet clauseA provision in a trust deed that purports to use the mortgaged real estate as security for all debts between the parties to the security agreement.
letter-DdrawUsually applies to construction loans when disbursement of a portion of the mortgage is made in advance, as improvements to the property are made.
letter-Ddraw periodThe time period during which the homeowner may draw on the funds in a home equity line of credit (HELOC).
letter-Ddual agencyThe agency relationship that results when a broker represents both the buyer and the seller in a real estate transaction. [See RPI Form 117]
letter-Ddual agentA broker who represents both parties in a real estate transaction. [See RPI Form 117]
letter-Ddue dateThe date provided in the rental or lease agreement on which rental payments are due. [See RPI Form 550 §4.1 and 552 §4.1]
letter-Ddue diligenceThe concerted and continuing efforts of an agent employed to meet the objectives of their client, the agent's promise given in exchange for the client's promise to pay a fee.
letter-Ddue processA constitutional guarantee of fair dealings between the government and property owners.
letter-Ddue-on clauseA trust deed provision used by lenders to call the loan immediately due and payable, a right triggered by the owner’s transfer of any interest in the real estate, with exceptions for intra-family transfers of their home.
letter-DduressAn unlawful constraint imposed by one on an individual which forces the indicidual to act against their will.
letter-DdwellingAA building or personal property occupied or designed to be occupied as a residence by one or more families.
letter-Eearly termination clauseA provision which assures payment of the broker's fee if the owner withdraws the property from
the market during the listing period. [See RPIForm 110 §3.1c and 102 §3.1c]
letter-Eearly-termination feeA fee paid to the landlord by the tenant to cancel the lease agreement in exchange for returning possession. [See RPI Form 587 §2.2]
letter-Eearned incomeWages received with respect to employment, including wages, salary, tips, commissions and bonuses.
letter-Eearnest moneyDown payment made by a purchaser of real estate as evidence of their good faith intent to buy. A deposit or partial payment.
letter-EeasementThe right of the owner of one parcel to use an adjacent parcel owned by another for a specific purpose.
letter-Eeasement by necessityAn easement providing access to a landlocked property.
letter-Eeasement for ingress and egressA type of easement granting one property owner the right to traverse a portion of another's land to access the property.
letter-Eeasement in grossAn easement which belongs to an individual and is not appurtenant to a property.
letter-Eeasy moneyWhen there is too much cash in circulation causing excessive inflation, rectified by the Federal Reserve increasing short-term interest rates.
letter-Eeconomic driverAn economic factor which has the power to determine, by its performance, the strength and direction of an economy.
letter-Eeconomic lifeThe period of time over which a property will yield a return on capital invested to own it.
letter-Eeconomic obsolescenceA loss in value of a property due to external factors and not the condition of the property itself.
letter-Eeconomic rentThe reasonable rental expectancy if the property were available for renting at the time of its valuation.
letter-Eeffective ageThe physical age of a property based on the condition of the structure, distinct from its chronological age.
letter-Eeffective date of valueThe specific day the conclusion of value applies.
letter-Eeffective interest rateThe percentage of interest that is actually being paid by the borrower for the use of the money, distinct from nominal interest.
letter-Eeffective yieldThe actual rate of interest received by the mortgage holder as a result of leveraging, discounts and bonuses, distinct from the interest rate charged on the mortgage, also known as the effective rate of return.
letter-EejectmentA civil action to recover possession or title to land from someone wrongfully in possession.
letter-Eelements of valueFactors that must be present for real estate to have value: demand, utility, scarcity and transferability.
letter-Eeligible non-borrowing spouseA non-borrowing spouse eligible to defer repayment of a home equity conversion mortgage (HECM) and remain on the property after the borrower’s death.
letter-EembezzlementThe dishonest act of converting a client's assets for personal use.
letter-EemigrationThe act of leaving a country or state for another.
letter-Eeminent domainThe right of the government to take private property for public use on payment to the owner of the property’s fair market value.
letter-Eemployer of last resortThe U.S. government as the employer of those who cannot find work in the private sector.
letter-Eemployment relationshipThe scope of activities the broker and the broker's agents are to undertake in the employment of a client.
letter-EencroachmentAn improvement on a parcel of real estate, such as a building, fence, driveway or tree, which extends into an adjacent parcel belonging to another person without their consent.
letter-EencumbranceA claim or lien on title to a parcel of real estate, such as property taxes, assessment bonds, trust deeds, easements and covenants, conditions and restrictions (CC&Rs).
letter-Eend of draw (EOD) periodThe time period following the draw period during which the home equity line of credit (HELOC) resets and the homeowner begins making monthly payments of principal and interest.
letter-Eend userA buyer who will occupy the property as their residence or own it as income property for long-term investment purposes.
letter-Eenergy auditAn inspection which pinpoints a home’s energy-efficient improvements and features in need of energy-efficient improvements.
letter-Eenergy efficiencyUsing building materials, appliances or other methods to reduce the amount of energy used by the homebuyer , thereby reducing their energy costs.
letter-EEnergy Efficient Mortgage (EEM)A Federal Housing Administration (FHA) mortgage which finances energy-efficient improvements.
letter-Eenforceable contractAn agreement which meets minimum elemts needed to be enforceable in court.
letter-Eentire agreement clauseA clause in a lease agreement which limits the tenant's ability to imply terms into the lease based on oral statements made before entering into the lease. [See RPI Form 552 §23.5]
letter-Eentitled personThe original borrower on a note and trust deed, their successor-in-interest or an authorized agent of either who may request, in writing, a beneficiary statement or payoff demand statement.
letter-Eentrepreneurial spiritIndividuals exhibiting creativity and ingenuity. Willing to adopt new, innovative techniques to succeed.
letter-Eenvironmental hazardsNoxious or annoying man-made conditions which are injurious to health or interfere with an individual's sensitivities.
letter-EEqual Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA)A federal law which prohibits discriminatory and unfair lending practices.
letter-Eequal protectionA constitutional guarantee that similarly-situated persons be treated similarly under the law.
letter-Eequitable easementAn easement granted to a neighbor allowing them to maintain an improvement encroaching on another owner's property.
letter-Eequitable indemnityWhen one party takes on the obligation to pay for a loss incurred by another party.
letter-Eequitable ownerA person who purchased a property and has not yet received legal ownership placing title in their name, such as occurs under a purchase agreement, land sales contract or lease-option sales agreement.
letter-Eequitable remediesNon-money remedies based on issues of fairness.
letter-Eequity1) The interest or value an owner has in real estate over and above the liens against it. 2) Branch of remedial justice providing relief to litigants in courts of equity.
letter-Eequity buildupThe process of mortgage reduction through amortized mortgage payments and any additional payoff of principal.
letter-Eequity financingDown payment funds solicited from cash investors by a syndicator for the purchase of an income-producing investment property to be co-owned by a group of investors. Contrast with mortgage financing.
letter-Eequity of redemptionThe right to redeem property during the foreclosure period, such as a mortgagor's right to redeem within either 3 months or 1 year as may be permitted after foreclosure sale.
letter-Eequity participationA mortgage transaction in which the lender, in addition to receiving a fixed rate of interest on the loan acquires an interest in the borrower's real property, and shares in the profits derived from the real property.
letter-Eequity purchase (EP)The acquisition of an owner-occupied, one-to-four unit residential property in foreclosure for rental, investment or dealer purposes.
letter-Eequity purchase (EP) agreementThe document used to negotiate the sale of an owner-occupied residence-in-foreclosure to an investor. [See RPI Form 156]
letter-Eequity purchase (EP) investorA person who acquires title to a seller-occupied, one-to-four unit residential property in foreclosure for dealer, investment or security purposes.
letter-Eequity purchase transactionA sales transaction in which a one-to-four unit residential property in foreclosure, occupied by the owner as their principal residence, is acquired for dealer, investment or security purposes by an investor. [See RPI Form 156]
letter-EerosionThe wearing away of land by the act of water, wind or glacial ice.
letter-Eerrors and omissions (E&O) insuranceAn insurance policy protecting brokers and agents from negligent conduct when acting as a licensee.
letter-EescalationThe right reserved by the lender to increase the amount of the payments and/or interest upon the happening of a certain event.
letter-Eescalator clauseA clause in a contract providing for the upward or downward adjustment of certain items to cover specified contingencies, usually tied to some index or event. Often used in long-term leases to provide for rent adjustments, to cover tax and maintenance increases.
letter-EescheatThe reverting of property to the state when the owner dies and there are no capable heirs to inherit it.
letter-EescrowThe depository process employed to facilitate the gathering of instruments and funds for use to transfer real estate interests between two persons.
letter-Eescrow agentThe neutral third party holding funds or something of value in trust for another or others.
letter-Eescrow instructionsDirectives an escrow officer undertakes, as given by buyer and seller, or lender and borrower to coordinate the closing on a purchase agreement or mortgage origination. [See RPI Form 401]
letter-Eescrow officerAn individual licensed and employed as an agent of an escrow company or other escrow service provider to perform escrow services.
letter-Eessential elements of a contractFour conditions required to form a legal contract: capable parties, acceptance, legal object and consideration.
letter-EestateThe ownership interest a person holds in a parcel of real estate.
letter-Eestate at sufferanceUnlawfully retaining possession to property when the tenant holds over and does not vacate on the expiration of the term of their tenancy. Also called a tenancy at sufferance.
letter-Eestate at willThe occupation of lands and tenements by a tenant for an indefinite period with the payment of rent, terminable by either the tenant or the landlord at will. The landlord's ongoing acceptance of rent creates a periodic tenancy.
letter-Eestate for lifeA freehold estate in land held by a person who is entitle to use of the property for the duratio of their life or the life of another. Also called a life estate, it terminates and is eliminated on death of the controlling life.
letter-Eestate for yearsAn interest in propety granting possesion for a limted period of time such as a periodic tenancy or a lease agreement for a fixed term.
letter-Eestate from period to periodAn interest in land where there is no definite termination date but the rental period is fixed at a certain sum per week, month, or year. Also called a periodic tenancy.
letter-Eestate of inheritanceAn estate which may descend to heirs. All freehold estates are estates of inheritance, except estates for life.
letter-EestimatePrediction of future amounts which have not yet actually occurred.
letter-Eestimated remaining lifeThe period of time (years) it takes for the improvements to become valueless.
letter-EestoppelA legal theory barring a person from later asserting or denying a condition based on the person's previous acts or statements.
letter-Eet uxAbbreviation for et uxor. Means and wife.
letter-EethicsThe branch of fiduciary science concerning the duties which a member of a profession or craft owes to the public, client or partner, and to professional brethren or members. Accepted standards of right and wrong.
letter-EevaluationA broker’s investigation and analysis of the market price for a property as its fair market value on a specific date, documented in a broker price opinion (BPO) report.
letter-Eevent-occurence contingency provisionA purchase agreement provision requiring an event or activity to take place which is not subject to the approval of the buyer or seller. [See RPI Form 150 §11.1]
letter-EevictionAn unlawful detainer action filed to physically remove a tenant from actual possession.
letter-EexceptionAny encumbrances affecting title and any observable on-site activities which are listed as risks assumed by the insured and not covered by a policy of title insurance under Schedule B.
letter-EexchangeA trading between two or more owners of their equities in different properties.
letter-Eexchange rateThe fluctuating rate at which one currency is converted to another, such as for the purpose of purchasing in a foreign market.
letter-Eexcluded debtExtensions of credit by sellers of real estate creating a debt obligation in sales transactions which avoid usury laws.
letter-EexclusionRisks of loss not covered under a policy of title insurance, comprised of encumbrances arising after the transfer or known to or brought about by the insured.
letter-Eexclusive agency listingAn agreement employing a broker as the sole agent for the seller of real property in which the seller promises to pay the broker a fee if the property is sold unless the sale is by the owner acting without the services of any agent. [See RPI Form 102]
letter-Eexclusive agentAn agent who is acting exclusively on behalf of only one party in a transaction.
letter-Eexclusive authorization to leaseA written agreement between a broker and client employing the broker to render services in exchange for a fee on the leasing the property to a tenant located by anyone. Also known as a listing. [See RPI Form 110]
letter-Eexclusive authorization to locate spaceAn employment agreement by a broker and a prospective tenant which authorizes the broker to act as the tenant's leasing agent to locate suitable space and negotiate a lease agreement. [See RPI Form 111]
letter-Eexclusive right-to-buy listing agreementA written employment agreement by a broker and a prospective buyer of real estate employing and entitling the broker to a fee when property is purchased during the listing period. [See RPI Form 103]
letter-Eexclusive right-to-collect clauseA provision which assures payment of the broker's fee if anyone procures a tenant on the terms in the listing, or on terms the landlord accepts. [See RPI Form 110 §3.1a]
letter-Eexclusive right-to-sell listingAn agreement employing a broker to act as agent for the seller of real property in which the seller promises to pay the broker a fee if the property is sold during the period of the employment, whether by the broker, through another broker or by the efforts of the owner. [See RPI Form 102]
letter-Eexculpatory clauseA provision in a note secured by a trust deed which converts a recourse debt into nonrecourse debt to bar recovery by a money judgment against the borrower. [See RPI Form 418-5]
letter-EexecuteTo complete, to make, to perform, to do, to follow out; to execute a deed, to make a deed, including especially signing, sealing and delivery; to execute a contract is to perform the contract, to follow out to the end, to complete.
letter-EexecutionThe signing and delivery of a document, as occurs on a seller's acceptance of an offer to buy real estate by signing and delivering the signed document to the buyer.
letter-Eexecutive branchThe branch of government which polices the law and establishes regulations to carry out the administration of government as established by the legislature.
letter-EexecutorA man named in a will to carry out its provisions as to the disposition of the estate of a deceased person. (A woman is executrix.)
letter-Eexecutory contractA contract in which something remains to be done by one or both of the parties.
letter-Eexempt debtsPrivate party transactions exempt from usury laws involving the origination of a loan secured by real estate and made or arranged by a real estate broker. See non-exempt lender.
letter-Eexisting rental propertyThe category of property most prudent for real estate investment groups to own consisting of existing residential and nonresidential income-producing properties.
letter-Eexpansionary monetary policyAn effort to increase the amount of money in circulation.
letter-EexpansiveSoils that expand when water is added then shrink when they dry out. Such continuous change in soil condition can cause property built on this soil to settle unevenly and crack.
letter-EexpensesCertain items which appear on a closing statement in connection with a real estate sale.
letter-EexpungementA court order removing from title to real estate the effect of a recorded lis pendens regarding litigation asserting a claim to title or possession of the property.
letter-Eextend-and-pretendThe lender practice of granting a short-term loan modification as a means of buying time while relying on market momentum to give the modified terms long-term sustainability.
letter-Eextraordinary expenseAn emergency situation lifting the limits placed on the amount an HOA may charge for regular and special assessments.
letter-FfacadeThe front of a building, often used to refer to a false front and as a metaphor.
letter-FfactAn existing condition which is presently known or readily knowable by the agent.
letter-FFair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA)A federal law controlling the collection and use of consumer credit reports, including the delivery of disclosures to credit consumers.
letter-Ffair housing lawsA collection of laws designed to prevent discrimination in the access to housing based on an occupant's inclusion in a protected class. Title VIII of the 1968 Civil Rights Act.
letter-Ffair market value (FMV)The price agreed to by a buyer and seller, who are knowledgeable of relevant facts, for the purchase of a parcel of real estate for sale on the open market.
letter-Ffair value hearingThe court proceeding at which a money judgment is awarded for any deficiency in the secured property’s fair market value (FMV) at the time of the judicial foreclosure sale to fully satisfy all debt obligations owed the mortgage holder.
letter-Ffamilial statusA status which indicates a household includes individuals under the age of 18.
letter-FFannie MaeA government-sponsored entity operating in the secondary mortgage market.
letter-FFARMA real estate marketing campaign designed to build awareness of a licensee’s real estate services that are offered within a targeted neighborhood or community. 
letter-Ffarmers home administrationAn agency of the Department of Agriculture. Primary responsibility is to provide financial assistance for farmers and others living in rural areas where financing is not available on reasonable terms from private sources.
letter-FFederal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)Agency of the federal government which insures deposits at commercial banks, savings banks and savings and loans.
letter-FFederal Fair Housing Act (FFHA)A collection of policies designed to prevent discrimination in the access to housing based on an occupant's inclusion in a protected class.
letter-Ffederal fundsOvernight funds lent to banks with insufficient reserves by the Federal Reserve and other banks with excess reserves.
letter-FFederal Home Loan Bank Board (FHLBB)The Depression-era regulatory body established to fund savings and loan associations (S&Ls) and provide mortgage market liquidity. The FHLBB became the Office of Thrift Supervision in 1989, and then dissolved in 2011 shifting its duties to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and other federal agencies.
letter-Ffederal home loan mortgage corporationAn independent stock company which creates a secondary market in conventional residential loans and in FHA and VA loans by purchasing mortgages.
letter-FFederal Housing Administration (FHA)An agency of the federal government that insures private mortgage loans for financing of new and existing homes and home repairs.
letter-FFederal Housing Administration (FHA)-insured mortgageA mortgage originated by a lender and insured by the FHA, characterized by a small down payment requirement, high loan-to-value (LTV) ratio and high mortgage insurance premiums (MIPs), typically made to first-time homebuyers.
letter-Ffederal land bank systemFederal government agency making long-term loans to farmers.
letter-FFederal National Mortgage Association (FNMA)Called Fannie Mae, is a quasi-public agency whose primary function is to buy, own and sell mortgages in the secondary market.
letter-FFederal Open Market Committee (FOMC)Consists of five rotating Federal Reserve District Bank presidents and the seven members of the Board of Governors. The FOMC discusses future monetary policy and establishes goals to meet those policies.
letter-FFederal Reserve (the Fed)The central bank in control of regulating the U.S. monetary system and charged with maintaining proper employment levels and managing inflation.
letter-FFederal Reserve Board of GovernorsThe governmental aspect of the Federal Reserve which decides future monetary policy, consisting of seven members who each serve one fourteen year term.
letter-FFederal Reserve District BankThe 12 branches of the "central" bank.
letter-Ffederal tax lienA lien recorded attaching to the title of real estate owned by a taxpayer who owes the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) unpaid taxes.
letter-FfederalismA form of government in which individual states share powers with a national or central government.
letter-Ffederally registered mortgage loan originator (MLO)A mortgage loan originator (MLO) employed by a federally regulated bank, credit union or financial company.
letter-Ffederally related mortgageA consumer mortgage made, insured, guaranteed, assisted or otherwise connected to the federal government, controlled by the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA).
letter-FfeeAn estate of inheritance in real property.
letter-Ffee estateAn indefinite, exclusive and absolute legal ownership interest in a parcel of real estate.
letter-Ffee simpleThe absolute ownership of possessory rights in real estate for an indefinite duration.
letter-Ffee simple defeasibleAn estate in fee subject to the occurrence of a condition subsequent whereby the estate may be terminated.
letter-Ffee simple estateThe greatest interest that one can have in real property. An estate that is unqualified, of indefinite duration, freely transferable and inheritable.
letter-Ffee-sharing agreementAn agreement, written or oral, between different brokerage operations to share fees earned on a transaction which are typically paid by the property owner.
letter-Ffee-splittingWhen fees made to a broker are split vertically with employed agents or split horizontally among other brokers.
letter-Ffeudal tenureA real property ownership system in which ownership rests with a sovereign who may grant lesser interests in return for service or loyalty. This is in contrast to allodial tenure.
letter-Ffiat moneyA form of currency controlled by a central bank and backed by the national government. It has no direct tie to an underlying commodity or other store of wealth.
letter-Ffictitious business nameThe name under which a business or operation is conducted, also known as a d.b.a. (“doing business as...”).
letter-Ffidelity bondA security posted for the discharge of an obligation of personal services.
letter-FfiduciaryA person in a position of trust and confidence, as between principal and broker; broker as fiduciary owes certain loyalty which cannot be breached under the rules of agency.
letter-Ffiduciary dutyThe special duty owed by an agent to act in the highest good faith toward their principal and not to obtain any advantage over their principal by the slightest misrepresentation, concealment, duress or undue influence.
letter-Ffield reviewA second appraiser’s independent visual inspection of the property to verify and evaluate the findings of the original appraisal report.
letter-FfilteringThe process whereby higher-priced properties become available to lower income buyers.
letter-Ffinal inspectionAn inspection of the premises conducted by the landlord within 21 days after a residential tenant vacates the property. [See RPI Form 585]
letter-Ffinal paymentAny final payment on a note which is greater than twice the amount of any one of the six regularly scheduled payments immediately preceding the date of the final/balloon payment. [See RPI Form 418-3 and 419]
letter-Ffinancial acceleratorThe cyclical phenomenon of increasingly larger loan amounts based on increasingly inflated prices of the same collateral.
letter-Ffinancial analysisThe consideration of the durability, quantity and quality of income and expenses generated and incurred by an income-producing property.
letter-Ffinancial atrophyThe continuing inability to qualify for purchase-assist financing due to outstanding consumer debt.
letter-Ffinancial calculatorAn electronic calculator preprogrammed to perform advanced financial functions needed in real estate transactions.
letter-Ffinancial capacityAn investor's general financial strength based on their assets and liabilities and their ability to absorb losses of their own funds or borrowed funds without major personal disruption. [See RPI Form 350]
letter-Ffinancial crisisAn economic downturn resulting from the failure of banking and government agencies to regulate and adjust to developing market conditions.
letter-FFinancial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act (FIRREA)Federal legislation enacted in 1989 in the wake of the savings and loan (S&L) crisis to strengthen regulations on lenders and appraisers and improve the availability of mortgage funds.
letter-Ffinancial intermediaryFinancial institutions such as commercial banks, savings and loan associations, mutual savings banks and life insurance companies which receive relatively small sums of money from the public and invest them in the form of large sums. A considerable portion of these funds are loaned on real estate.
letter-Ffinancial services representatives (FSRs)Bona fide employees of brokers who generate business for their employing broker.
letter-Ffinancing processThe systematic 5 step procedure followed by major institutional lenders in analyzing a proposed loan, which includes filing of application by a borrower; lender's analysis of borrower and property; processing of loan documentation; closing (paying) the loan; and servicing (collection and record keeping).
letter-Ffinancing statementThe instrument which is filed in order to give public notice of the security interest and thereby protect the interest of the secured parties in the collateral. (See definition of Security Interest and Secured Party.) [SeeRPI Form 436-1]
letter-FfinderAn unlicensed individual who solicits, identifies and refers potential clients to brokers, agents or principals in exchange for the promise of a fee. [See RPI Form 115]
letter-Ffinder's feeThe fee paid to an individual who solicited, identified or referred a client to a broker, agent or principal. [See RPI Form 115]
letter-Ffirst mortgageA legal document pledging collateral for a loan (See mortgage) that has first priority over all other claims against the property except taxes and bonded indebtedness. That mortgage superior to any other.
letter-Ffirst trust deedA legal document pledging collateral for a loan (See trust deed) that has first priority over all other claims against the property except taxes and bonded indebtedness. That trust deed superior to any other.
letter-Ffirst-point-of-contact materialsMaterials used to solicit or create a client relationship with prospective mortgage borrowers.
letter-Ffirst-time homebuyerA buyer of a home who has not previously owned their shelter. Typically aged 25-34.
letter-Ffiscal controlsFederal tax revenue and expenditure policies used to control the level of economic activity.
letter-Ffiscal yearA business or accounting year as distinguished from a calendar year.
letter-Ffive-business-day right to cancelAn owner-occupant seller of a one-to-four unit residential property in foreclosure on entering into a purchase agreement with an investor is entitled to cancel the agreement during a five-business-day period commencing on receipt of notice of the right to cancel. [See RPI Form 156, page 6]
letter-Ffixed payment ratioA debt-to-income ratio (DTI) used to determine eligibility for an FHA-insured mortgage limiting the buyer’s total fixed payment on all debts to 43% of the buyer’s gross income, also called the DTI back-end ratio.
letter-Ffixed-rent leaseA lease agreement with monthly rent payments set at a specific dollar amount for the life of the lease. [See RPI Form 550 and 552]
letter-Ffixed-term tenancyA leasehold interest which lasts for the specific lease period set forth in a lease agreement. A fixed term tenancy automatically terminates at the end of the lease period. [See RPI Form 550 and 552]
letter-Ffixity of locationThe physical characteristic of real estate that subjects it to the influence of its surroundings.
letter-FfixturePersonal property permanently attached to real estate and conveyed with it.
letter-FflashingThin pieces of impervious material such as sheet metal installed to prevent water seepage into a structure from a joint.
letter-FflipperA speculator who purchases real estate at perceived below-market prices and depends on market momentum to sell at a profit.
letter-FflippingBuying and quickly reselling a property to obtain a large profit, the basis of speculation.
letter-Ffloor rentA minimum rent rate the landlord receives throughout the lease term. [See RPI Form 552 §4.4]
letter-Ffor-sale-by-ownerA property owner's method of marketing property for sale without the use of a CalBRE-licensed broker or agent to locate a buyer.
letter-Fforbearance agreementAn agreement by a mortgage holder to temporarily forego exercise of their rights on a default while the property owner takes steps to bring the mortgage payments current.
letter-Fforcible entryThe unlawful entry of any individual into a rented property without permission, prior notice or justification.
letter-FforecastAnalysis of anticipated changes in circumstances influencing the future income, expenses and use of a property.
letter-FforeclosureA mortgage holder's remedy on a default in their mortage by initiaing a procedue noticing the sale of the mortgaeg property to pay the debt.
letter-Fforeclosure consultantAn individual offering services which claim to aid homeowners with mortgage-related issues, for a fee.
letter-Fforeclosure decreeDecree by a court ordering the sale of mortgaged property and the payment of the debt owing to the lender out of the proceeds.
letter-Fforeign investorAn overseas investor who purchases dollar-denominated assets in the United States.
letter-Fforfeiture1) The termination of an easement when the easement holder exceeds their authorized use of the easement by placing an excessive burden on the property encumbered by the easement. 2) Loss of money, rights or anything of value due to failure to perform, a remedy abhorred by the courts.
letter-Fforfeiture of possessionThe termination of the tenant's right of possession triggered by a declaration of forfeiture in a notice to quit. [See RPI Form 575 §5]
letter-Fformal assumptionA buyer’s promise to perform all the terms of the mortgage, given to the mortgage holder on the buyer’s takeover of an existing mortgage, typically involving a modification of the interest rate and payments and an assessment of points and fees. Compare with a subject-to transaction.
letter-FfractionalizingSelling a share of interest in one note to multiple investors.
letter-FfranchiseA license granted by a franchise company to an individual or corporate broker to market their services in a specific territory under the anme and oversight of the franchise company.
letter-FFrannieA collective term for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
letter-FfraudThe intentional use of deception to induce another person to act against their best interests resulting in the loss of property or money.
letter-Ffraudulent conveyanceA property transfer made for the purpose of avoiding creditors without receiving fair value on the transfer which is voidable.
letter-FFree Banking Era1837-1862. No central banking system existed during this time. States chartered their own banks and held their own reserves.
letter-Ffreehold estateAn estate of indeterminable duration, e.g., fee simple or life estate.
letter-FfreezeA prohibition against additional extensions of credit under a home equity line of credit (HELOC).
letter-Ffront footProperty measurement for sale or valuation purposes; the property measured by the front linear foot on its street line - each front foot extending the depth of the lot.
letter-Ffront moneyThe minimum amount of money necessary to initiate a real estate venture, to get the transaction underway.
letter-Ffront-end debt-to-income ratio (DTI)The percentage of monthly gross income that goes towards paying mortgage debt.
letter-FfrontageA term used to describe or identify that part of a parcel of land or an improvement on the land which faces a street. The term is also used to refer to the lineal extent of the land or improvement that is parallel to and facing the street, e.g., a 75-foot frontage.
letter-FfrostlineThe depth of frost penetration in the soil. Varies in different parts of the country. Footings should be placed below this depth to prevent movement.
letter-Ffull credit bidThe maximum amount the foreclosing mortgage holder may bid at a trustee’s sale without adding cash, equal to the debt secured by the property being sold, plus trustee’s fees and foreclosure expenses.
letter-Ffull employmentWhen employees receive income for full, 40-hour work weeks.
letter-Ffull listing offerA buyer's or tenant's offer to buy or lease on terms substantially identical to the employment terms in the owner's listing agreement with the broker. [See RPI Form 556]
letter-Ffull-service gross leaseA commercial lease specifying that the landlord retains the responsibility for payment of all costs of care and maintenance, unless modified, including the tenant's utilities and janitorial services. [See RPI Form 552 and 552-1]
letter-Ffully indexed rateThe highest rate possible on the adjustable rate mortgage (ARM) during the first five years of its term.
letter-Ffully stepped-up cost basisThe tax basis of community property a surviving spouse receives on the death of a spouse is stepped up to the property's fair market value (FMV) on the date of death.
letter-Ffunctional obsolescenceA loss of value due to adverse factors within the structure which affect the utility of the structure, and thus its value and marketability.
letter-Ffurther encumbranceA claim or lien on a parcel of real estate, such as junior trust deeds, CC&Rs, easements, taxes or assessments.
letter-Ffurther-approval contingency provisionA provision in an agreement calling for the further approval of an event or activity as a condition precedent to the further performance or cancellation of the transaction by the persons benefiting from the provision. [See RPI Form 185 §9 and 279 §2]
letter-Ffurther-improvements provisionA commercial lease provision which allows a landlord to retain tenant improvements or require the restoration of the property to its original condition upon expiration of the lease. [See RPI Form 552 §11.3]
letter-Ffuture advances clauseA trust deed provision authorizing a mortgage holder to advance funds for payment of conditions impairing the mortgage holder’s security interest in the mortgaged property, such as delinquent property taxes, assessments, improvement bonds, mortgage insurance premiums or elimination of waste. [See RPI Form 450 §2.5]
letter-Ffuture benefitsThe anticipated benefits the present owner will receive from the property in the future.
letter-Ffuture subordination clauseA lease agreement provision in which the tenant agrees to subordinate their leasehold interest in property to a trust deed to be recorded in the future. [See RPI Form 552 §17]
letter-Ggable roofA pitched roof with sloping sides.
letter-GgainA profit, benefit or value increase.
letter-Ggambrel roofA curb roof, having a steep lower slope with a flatter upper slope above.
letter-GGarn-St. Germain Federal Depository Institutions Act of 1982A federal law which preempts state-level limitations on a mortgage holder’s enforcement of the due-on clause contained in mortgages.
letter-Ggeneral ability-to-repay (ATR) rulesA consumer mortgage conforming to the federal ability-to-repay (ATR) rules, without a qualified mortgage (QM) safe harbor or rebuttable presumption status.
letter-Ggeneral accountA broker or agent's personal or business account, not to be commingled with trust funds.
letter-Ggeneral adjustmentA type of rent adjustment under rent control which uniformly adjusts rents for all rental units. [See RPIForm 552 §4.4 and 4.5]
letter-Ggeneral agency dutiesThe duty of a licensee acting as an agent in a real estate transaction owed to all parties in the transaction to be honest and avoid deceitful conduct. [See RPI Form 305]
letter-Ggeneral damagesMoney losses by a buyer or seller due to their expenditures and loss of value directly related to a failed property sales transaction.
letter-Ggeneral dutyThe duty a licensee owes to non-client individuals to act honestly and in good faith with up-front disclosures of known conditions which adversely affect the value of the property in the transaction. [See RPI Form 305]
letter-Ggeneral ledgerBookkeeping records of funds in an overall trust account.
letter-Ggeneral lienA lien on all the property of a debtor.
letter-Ggeneral planDevelopment policies for acceptable land uses within a jurisdiction.
letter-Ggeneral qualified mortgageA type of qualified mortgage (QM) which meets the definition of a qualified mortgage under Regulation Z (Reg Z) and has a debt-to-income ratio (DTI) of 43% or less, other than a balloon-payment QM, small lender QM and temporary QM.
letter-GGeneration JonesThe younger half of the Baby Boomers, named for their desire to "keep up with the Joneses." Also called the Joneses for short.
letter-GGeneration YThe forthcoming generation of first-time homebuyers, consisting of individuals born in the 1980s and 1990s.
letter-Ggift deedA deed for which there is no consideration.
letter-GGlass-Steagall ActA section of the Banking Act of 1933 regulating the ability of commercial banks to speculate in financial markets with their depositors' money for their own profit. Repealed by the 1999 Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act and re-enacted in part by the Dodd-Frank Act.
letter-Ggoing negativeThe Federal Reserve's charging of interest on the excess reserves of lenders, stimulating lending activity.
letter-Ggood faithActing innocently and without knowledge of negative effects to someone else.
letter-Ggood faith depositA money deposit made by a buyer to evidence their good faith intent to buy when making an offer to acquire property. Also known as earnest money. [See RPI Form 401 §1.1]
letter-Ggood faith estimate of costs (GFE)An estimate of a buyer's settlement charges and mortgage terms handed to the buyer on a standard form within three business days following the lender's receipt of the mortgage application. [See RPI Form 204-5]
letter-Ggood faith interferenceA mortgage holder's interference in the transfer of property ownership based on a genuine concern for the impairment of their security interest or increased risk of default.
letter-GgoodwillThe intangible image or opinion held about a property which affects its earning power.
letter-Ggovernment loan programsState and federal programs designed to facilitate homeownership, such as Federal Housing Administration (FHA)-insured loans, U.S. Department of Veterans' Affairs (VA)-guaranteed loans, and the California Housing Finance Agency (CalHFA).
letter-Ggovernment monitoring information (GMI)Demographic information collected from mortgage applications used to monitor lenders’ compliance with anti-discrimination laws.
letter-Ggovernment national mortgage associationAn agency of HUD, which functions in the secondary mortgage market, primarily in social housing programs. Commonly called by the acronymic nickname Ginnie Mae (GNMA).
letter-Ggovernment surveyA method of specifying the location of parcel of land using prime meridians, base lines, standard parallels, guide meridians, townships and sections.
letter-Ggovernment-related mortgageA mortgage that is made, insured or guaranteed by the federal government.
letter-Ggovernment-sponsored enterprise (GSE)Privately held corporations chartered by the federal government with the purpose of stimulating lending and borrowing in a given sector of the economy by insuring or guaranteeing financial arrangements with the implicit backing of the U.S. government. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are GSEs.
letter-Ggrace periodThe time period for the mortgage holder’s receipt of a payment following its due date after which the missed payment is delinquent and subject to a late charge. [See RPI Form 550 §4.3 and 552 §4.7]
letter-GgradeGround level at the foundation.
letter-Ggraduated leaseLease which provides for a varying rental rate, often based upon future determination; sometimes rent is based upon result of periodical appraisals; used largely in long-term leases.
letter-Ggraduated payment mortgage (GPM)A mortgage providing for installment payments to be periodically increased by predetermined amounts to accelerate the payoff of principal.
letter-Ggraduated rent provisionA rent provision in a nonresidential lease agreement which periodically increases the initial monthly rent in pre-set increments over the term of the lease. [See RPI Form 552 §4.4]
letter-Ggranny flatA separate, self-contained additional dwelling on a property zoned to accommodate only one unit.
letter-GgrantThe transfer of an interest in title to real estate.
letter-Ggrant deedA document used to pass a fee simple or lesser interest in real estate from one owner to another, except for leasehold interests, which are conveyed by provisions in a lease agreement.
letter-GgranteeAn individual acquiring an interest in title to real estate.
letter-GgrantorAn individual capable of conveying ownership of an interest they hold in real estate.
letter-Ggratuitous agentA person not paid by the principal for services on behalf of the principal, who cannot be forced to act as an agent, but who becomes bound to act in good faith and obey a principal's instructions once he or she undertakes to act as an agent.
letter-GGreat ConfluenceThe convergence of retiring Baby Boomers and Generation Y on the same urban real estate.
letter-GGreat RecessionA period of global economic decline lasting roughly, in the U.S., from early 2008 through 2009, attributed chiefly to imprudent lending practices and the proliferation of unstable financial instruments in the mortgage-backed bond market.
letter-Ggreater fool theoryThe erroneous belief that an ever-increasing number of buyers will always be willing to pay ever-increasing prices for real estate.
letter-GGreenspan PutThe practice of lowering the Federal Funds Rate to encourage investing during recessionary periods, with an implicit guarantee of continuing interest rate stimulus to keep profits up. Implemented by Fed Chairman Greenspan from 1987 to 2000.
letter-GgridA chart used in rating the borrower risk, property and the neighborhood.
letter-Ggross domestic product (GDP)The market value of all goods and services produced within a county calculated over a set period of time.
letter-Ggross incomeTotal income from property before any expenses are deducted.
letter-Ggross leaseA nonresidential lease specifying that the tenant pays for their utilities and janitorial fees, but unless modified is not responsible for any other care, maintenance or carrying costs of the property. [See RPI Form 552 and 552-1]
letter-Ggross marginWith regard to an adjustable rate mortgage, an amount expressed as percentage points, stated in the note which is added to the current index value on the rate adjustment date to establish the new note rate.
letter-GGross National Product (GNP)The total value of all goods and services produced in an economy during a given period of time.
letter-Ggross operating income (GOI)The actual income received from all sources that property operations is expected to generate over a 12-month period, from which expenses are paid, mortgage payments made and reserves set aside, any remaining cash being spendable income.
letter-Ggross rateA method of collecting interest by adding total interest to the principal of the loan at the outset of the term.
letter-Ggross rent multiplierA factor which, when multiplied by the gross income of a property, produces an estimate of the property's value.
letter-Ggross revenue multiplier (GRM)A rule of thumb used to initially calculate a rough value for pricing a property, determined for a buyer by multiplying the property’s annual gross rents by an appropriate GRM for the classification of the property, and for an owner by dividing their asking price by the annual gross rents the property commands.
letter-Gground leaseA leasehold interest for which rent is based on the rental value of the land, whether the parcel is improved or unimproved.
letter-Gground rentEarnings of improved property credited to earnings of the ground itself after allowance is made for earnings of improvements; often termed economic rent.
letter-GguaranteeAn assurance that events and conditions will occur as presented by the agent.
letter-Gguarantee agreementAn agreement to be obligated to pay the debt or perform on a contract of another person if that person defaults or does not perform. [See RPI Form 439]
letter-Gguaranteed sale listingA variation of the exclusive right-to-sell listing in which the broker agrees to buy the property if the property does not sell during the listing period.
letter-GguarantorA person who agrees to pay a money obligation owed by another to a mortgage holder or a landlord under a lease agreement on a default in the obligation and demand for the sums remaining unpaid. [See RPI From 439 and 553-1]
letter-Gguaranty entitlementThe portion of a veteran’s mortgage guaranteed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
letter-Gguest occupying agreementThe written document which sets the terms of a transient occupancy. [See RPI Form 593 ]
letter-Hhabendum clauseThe "to have and to hold" clause in a deed.
letter-Hhabitability defenseA residential tenant's pursuit of a legal remedy due to a landlord's failure to maintain habitable conditions on the rented premises.
letter-Hhabitable conditionThe minimum acceptable level of safety, utility and sanitation permitted in a residential rental.
letter-Hhard money mortgageReal estate mortgages made by private lenders.
letter-Hhardship letterA statement detailing a distressed homeowner's financial situation, delivered to the lender to determine if the homeowner qualifies for a short sale. [See RPI Form 217-1]
letter-Hhazard insurance provisionA trust deed provision granting the mortgage holder the option to retain and apply any insurance proceeds to the loan balance or release the proceeds to the owner of the building to reconstruct the damaged structure. [See ft Form 450 §2.2]
letter-Hhazardous wasteAny products, materials or substances which are toxic, corrosive, ignitable or reactive.
letter-HheirOne who inherits property on the death of the owner.
letter-Hheirs, assigns and successors clauseA clause in a lease agreement which binds those who later take the position of landlord or tenant
to the existing agreement. [See RPI Form 552 §23.3]
letter-Hhigh-cost consumer mortgage (Section 32 mortgage)A class of Regulation Z (Reg Z) consumer mortgage characterized by an annual percentage rate (APR) charge which exceeds the average prime offer rate for a comparable mortgage by various percentage spreads set by the mortgage’s priority on title and principal balance, and subject to consumer protection rules.
letter-Hhighest and best useAn appraisal phrase addressing the use of a property which is most likely to produce the greatest net return on the land and/or buildings over a given period of time.
letter-Hhip roofThe roof of a property that slopes on all four sides.
letter-Hhit-and-run buyersFlippers who purchase real estate with the intent to quickly resell it at a profit produced by market momentum, not fundamentals.
letter-Hhold harmless clauseA provision in an agreement that shifts liability between parties.
letter-Hhold periodA period in which investors hold onto their cash and property, which occurs twice during a real estate cycle: after a purchase in the buy phase and after a sale in the sell phase.
letter-Hhold phaseA period in which investors hold onto their cash and property, which usually occurs twice during a real estate cycle: after a purchase in the buy phase and after a sale in the sell phase.
letter-Hholder in due courseOne who has taken a note, check or bill of exchange in due course.
letter-Hholdover rentRent owed by a holdover tenant for the tenant's unlawful detainer of the rented premises as a tenant-at-sufferance. [See RPI Form 550 §3.3]
letter-Hholdover rent provisionA rental or lease agreement provision which sets the rent rate during a tenant holdover period. [See RPI Form 550 §3.3 and 552 §2.3]
letter-Hholdover tenantA tenant who retains possession of the rented premises after their right of possession has been terminated, called a tenant-at-sufferance.
letter-HHome Affordable Foreclosure AlternativesA government program aimed at assisting homeowners to avoid foreclosures by offering incentives for homeowners and lenders to complete short sales.
letter-HHome Affordable Modification ProgramA government program aimed at assisting homeowners to receive a loan modification in lieu of foreclosure.
letter-Hhome energy scoreA rating system established by the Department of Energy quantifying the energy performance of a home.
letter-Hhome equity conversion mortgage (HECM) programThe Federal Housing Administration (FHA)’s reverse mortgage program.
letter-Hhome equity line of credit (HELOC)A mortgage loan enabling a homeowner to borrow against their home’s wealth, as an ATM.
letter-Hhome equity mortgageA junior mortgage encumbering the value in a home remaining after deducting the principal on the senior mortgage from the market value of the home.
letter-HHome Equity Sales Contract ActAn equity purchase scheme established to protect homeowners whose residence is in foreclosure from deception and unfair dealing by investors.
letter-Hhome inspectionA non-invasive examination of the mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems of a dwelling, as well as the components of the structure, such as the roof, ceiling, walls, floors and foundations.
letter-Hhome inspection report (HIR)A report prepared by a home inspector disclosing defects in improvements on a property and used by the seller's agent to complete a TDS and assure prospective buyers about a property's condition.
letter-Hhome inspectorA professional employed by a home inspection company to inspect and advise on the physical condition of property improvements in a home inspection report for reliance by the seller, the seller's agents and the buyer as a warranty of the condition of improvements.
letter-HHome Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA)A federal law mandating data collection on mortgage originations and applications of lenders who meet Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) threshold requirements.
letter-Hhomeowner vacancy rateThe percentage of unoccupied homeowner housing units.
letter-Hhomeowners' association (HOA)An organization made up of owners of units within a common interest development (CID) which manages and operates the project through enforcement of conditions, covenants and restrictions (CC&Rs).
letter-Hhomeownership gapThe portion of homeowners with a negative equity whose status is economically that of a tenant in possession due to the principal on their mortgage exceeding the property's value.
letter-HhomesteadThe dollar amount of equity in a homeowner's principal dwelling the homeowner qualifies to shield as exempt from creditor seizure. [See RPI Form 465]
letter-Hhomestead (exemption)A statutory protection of real property used as a home from the claims of certain creditors and judgments up to a specified amount.
letter-Hhousehold formationIndividuals who acquire their own property, such as adult children leaving parents' households or singles leaving shared housing.
letter-Hhousing financial discrimination act of 1977 (holden act)California Health and Safety Code Section 35800, et seq., designed primarily to eliminate discrimination in lending practices based upon the character of the neighborhood in which real property is located. (See Redlining.)
letter-Hhousing wageThe hourly wage needed for a worker to qualify for an average-priced residence.
letter-Hhundred percent locationA city retail business location which is considered the best available for attracting business.
letter-Hhybrid adjustable rate mortgage (ARM)A type of adjustable rate mortgage (ARM) which features a fixed rate for an introductory period and thereafter a periodically adjusted interest rate based on a predetermined formula.
letter-HhypothecationThe pledging of something as security without the necessity of giving up possession to it. [See RPI Form 242]
letter-Iilliquid assetAn asset that cannot be converted into cash quickly without a loss.
letter-IimpairmentThe act of injuring or diminishing the value of an interest held by another in real estate.
letter-Iimpasse noticeA notice advising the tenant the lease will expire and no modification of the lease will be entered into.
letter-Iimperative necessityCircumstances under which an agent has expanded authority in an emergency, including the power to disobey instructions where it is clearly in the interests of the principal and where there is no time to obtain instructions from the principal.
letter-Iimplicit discriminationActions which are not openly discriminatory but yield discriminatory results.
letter-Iimplicit rentThe value of an owner’s use of their property to house themselves or their business.
letter-Iimplied covenantAn implied warrant the grantor has not previously conveyed or encumbered their interest in the real estate.
letter-Iimplied covenant of good faith and fair dealingA legal presumption that parties to an agreement will deal equitably with one another by abiding by the terms of the agreement and timely performing their obligations.
letter-Iimplied easementAn easement created by the conduct of parties without prior agreement.
letter-Iimplied promiseThe presumption that a buyer or seller entering into an agreement will in good faith fulfill their obligation to close the transaction.
letter-Iimplied warranty of habitabilityAn unwritten provision, included by statute, in all residential lease agreements requiring the landlord to provide safe and sanitary conditions in the rental unit.
letter-Iimpound accountA money reserve funded monthly by the property owner and maintained by the mortgage holder to pay annual recurring ownership obligations.
letter-Iimpound account provisionA trust deed provision establishing a reserve of the owner’s funds for the payment of annually recurring ownership expenses.
letter-IimpoundsA trust type account established by lenders for the accumulation of borrowers funds to meet periodic payment of taxes, FHA mortgage insurance premiums, and/or future insurance policy premiums, required to protect their security. Impounds are usually collected with the note payment. The combined principal, interest, taxes and insurance payment is commonly termed a PITI payment.
letter-Iimprovement bondsObligations of the seller which may be assumed by the buyer in lieu of their payoff by the seller.
letter-Iimputed interest rateThe applicable federal rate (AFR) set by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for carryback sellers to impute and report as minimum interest income a portion of principal when the note rate on a carryback debt is a lesser rate.
letter-Iinaccessible areasAreas of a structure which cannot be inspected without opening the structure or removing the objects blocking the opening, such as attics or areas without adequate crawl space.
letter-Iincome approachThe use of a property’s rental income to set its value.
letter-Iincome inequalityThe uneven distribution of wealth across the population.
letter-Iincome producing propertyResidential or commercial income property held by the ownership for the long-term to earn income through leasing operations and price appreciation.
letter-IincompetentOne who is mentally incompetent, incapable; any person who, though not insane, is, by reason of old age, disease, weakness of mind, or any other cause, unable, unassisted, to properly manage and take care of self or property and by reason thereof would be likely to be deceived or imposed upon by artful or designing persons.
letter-Iincorporeal rightsNonpossessory rights in real estate arising its ownership, such as rents.
letter-IincrementAn increase. Most frequently used to refer to the increase of value of land that accompanies population growth and increasing wealth in the community. The term unearned increment is used in this connection since values are supposed to have increased without effort on the part of the owner.
letter-Iincurable breachNonmonetary defaults in leases or mortgages that cannot be cured or undone. [See RPI Form 577]
letter-Iindemnity agreementAn agreement by the maker of the document to repay the addressee of the agreement up to the limit stated for any loss due to the contingency stated on the agreement.
letter-IindentureA formal written instrument made between two or more persons in different interests, such as a lease.
letter-Iindependent contractorA salesperson employed by a broker under an employment arrangement which avoids income tax withholding and unemployment benefit payments by the broker.
letter-IindexA regularly issued composite market interest rate for an investment such as Treasury Securities or inter-bank loans used to set the basis for periodic interest rate adjustments.
letter-Iindividual adjustmentA type of rent adjustment sought by a landlord when the general adjustment established by local rent control ordinances fails to provide a fair return on their residential property.
letter-Iindividual mortgage loan originator (MLO)A natural person who meets the definition of a mortgage loan originator (MLO) .
letter-Iindividual taxpayer identification number (ITIN)A nine digit, tax processing number issued by the Internal Revenue Service to individuals who don't have a social security number.
letter-IindorsementThe act of signing one's name on the back of a check or note, with or without further qualification.
letter-Iinfill developmentThe development of vacant land located within existing urban areas to add value by making improvements.
letter-IinflationThe price changes over time in consumer goods and services, quantified in the consumer price index.
letter-Iinflation-adjusted rent provisionA rent provision in a nonresidential lease which calls for periodic rent increases based on changes in inflation index figures during the period. [See RPI Form 552 §4.5]
letter-Iinfluences on valueAn aspect of the principle of change, recognizing the effect of physical, economic, government and social changes on real estate value.
letter-Iingress and egressAccess to a property by its owner directly from publicly dedicated streets or by using their right to traverse a portion of another's land using an easement.
letter-Iinitial conferenceThe first meeting between a licensee and prospective attorney conducted prior to entering into a retainer agreement where the licensee discusses their real estate dispute and interviews the attorney to determine their professional background, qualifications and compatibility.
letter-Iinitial interest rate capA limit on the amount the interest rate may change on the first adjustment of an adjustable rate mortgage (ARM).
letter-Iinitial note rateWith regard to an adjustable rate mortgage, the note rate upon origination. This rate may differ from the fully indexed note rate.
letter-Iinitial rate discountAs applies to an adjustable rate mortgage, the index value at the time of loan application plus the margin less the initial note rate.
letter-IinjunctionA writ or order issued under the seal of a court to restrain one or more parties to a suit or proceeding from doing an act which is deemed to be inequitable or unjust in regard to the rights of some other party or parties in the suit or proceeding.
letter-Iinstallment noteA note calling for periodic payments of principal and interest, or interest only, until the principal is paid in full by amortization or a balloon payment. [See RPI Form 420, 421 and 422]
letter-Iinstallment reportingA method of reporting capital gains by installments for successive tax years to minimize the impact of the totality of the capital gains tax in the year of the sale.
letter-Iinstallment saleFinancing provided by a seller when extending a buyer credit for deferred payment, typically payable monthly with accrued interest, of a portion of the price paid for real estate, also known as carryback financing.
letter-Iinstallment sales contractCommonly called contract of sale or land contract. Purchase of real estate wherein the purchase price is paid in installments over a long period of time, title is retained by seller, and upon default by buyer (vendee) the payments may be forfeited.
letter-Iinstitutional lenderA lender which pools deposits and invests them by making mortgages, e.g. a bank, credit union or insurance company.
letter-IinstrumentA document which formally express the rights of the parties, for the purpose of creating, modifying or terminating a right. A mortgage lender's basic instruments are promissory notes, deeds of trust, with some sellers using installment sales contracts; landlord instruments include lease agreements.
letter-Iinter vivos (living) trustA title holding arrangement used as a vesting by a property owner for probate avoidance on death. Also known as a living trust. [See RPI Form 463]
letter-IinterestA portion, share or right in something. Partial, not complete ownership. The charge in dollars for the use of money for a period of time. In a sense, the rent paid for the use of money.
letter-Iinterest extra loanA loan in which a fixed amount of principal is repaid in installments along with interest accrued each period on the amount of the then outstanding principal only.
letter-Iinterest only loanA straight, non-amortizing loan in which the lender receives only interest during the term of the loan and principal is repaid in a lump sum at maturity.
letter-Iinterest rateThe percentage rate charged for the use or the delay in payment of money. Rent or charge paid for use of money, expressed as an annual percentage of the sum borrowed.
letter-IInterest Rate Reduction Refinance Loan (IRRRL)A U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)-guaranteed refinance that lowers the interest rate of an existing VA-guaranteed mortgage.
letter-Iinterest-only adjustable rate mortgage (ARM)A type of adjustable rate mortgage (ARM) which features an initial period of interest-only payments.
letter-Iinterim loanA short-term, temporary loan used until permanent financing is available, e.g., a construction loan.
letter-IinterlineationThe process of modifying an instrument or document by inserting additional language between the lines to clarify a particular provision, usually adding something that was omitted.
letter-IintermediationThe process of pooling and supplying funds for investment by financial institutions called intermediaries. The process is dependent on individual savers placing their funds with these institutions and foregoing opportunities to directly invest in the investments selected.
letter-IinterpleaderA court proceeding initiated by the holder of money or other property, often an escrow company, who claims no proprietary interest in it, for the purpose of deciding who among claimants is legally entitled to the property.
letter-Iinterstate commerceThe flow of goods and services between and within states.
letter-Iinterval ownershipA form of timeshare ownership. (See Timeshare Ownership.)
letter-IintestateA person who dies having made no will, or whose will is defective in form, is said to have died intestate, in which case the estate descends to the heirs.
letter-Iintroductory interest rateThe initial rate of interest on an adjustable rate mortgage (ARM), typically lower than the fully-indexed note rate and lasting for a set introductory period, allowing for a greater loan amount to be borrowed. Also nown as a teaser rate.
letter-IinventoryProperties available on the market for sale or lease published through the multiple listing service (MLS).
letter-Iinverse condemnationA government activity which interferes with the use of a property, damaging its value, for which the property owner seeks compensation.
letter-Iinvested capitalThe total amount of cash and mortgage principal an owner has used to acquire and improve a property.
letter-Iinvestment circular (IC)A disclosure prepared by a syndicator and presented to potential investors explaining the nature of the investment program, significant features of the property selected for acquisition and the risks and financial consequences of the group investment, also known as a prospectus or memorandum. [See RPI Form 371 ]
letter-IinvestorA purchaser who holds a property long-term on a buy-to-let basis as an income producing investment. Contrast with a speculator who buys a property to flip it for profit on a sale, rather than earn annual income from continued ownership.
letter-Iinvoluntary lienA lien imposed against property without consent of an owner; example taxes, special assessments, federal income tax liens, etc.
letter-Iirrational exuberanceThe tendency to disregard clear warning signs of economic danger during boom times (such as the real estate pricing bubble). Coined by Alan Greenspan.
letter-IirrevocableIncapable of being recalled or revoked, unchangeable.
letter-Iirrevocable licenseThe right to enter and use property when the specific activity granted by the license is maintained by the licensee's on-going expenditure of money or equivalent labor, and remains feasible.
letter-Iirrigation districtsQuasi-political districts created under special laws to provide for water services to property owners in the district; an operation governed to a great extent by law.
letter-Iitemized deductionsDeductions taken by a taxpayer for allowable personal expenditures which, to the extent allowed, are subtracted from adjusted gross income (AGI) to set the taxable income for determining the income tax due, called Schedule A.
letter-Iitemized statement of deductionA document accounting for the tenant's security deposit, delivered by the landlord to a residential tenant after the tenant vacates. [See RPI Form 585 §4.3]
letter-JJohn Maynard KeynesAn economist well-known for his stance that governments should smooth out the effects of expansion and contraction in the business cycle through fiscal and monetary policy.
letter-Jjoint noteA note signed by two or more persons who have equal liability for payment.
letter-Jjoint pre-expiration inspectionAn inspection conducted by a residential landlord or the property manager to advise a tenant of the repairs the tenant needs to perform to avoid deductions from their security deposit. [See RPI Form 567-1]
letter-Jjoint protection (JP) policyA title insurance policy which enables one or more individuals or entities to be named as insured, usually the buyer and the new mortgage holder.
letter-Jjoint tenancyAn ownership interest in property concurrently received by two or more individuals who share equally and have the right of survivorship.
letter-Jjoint ventureTwo or more individuals or firms joining together on a single project as partners.
letter-JjoistA horizontal support running between a property's foundations, walls, or beams to support its ceiling or floor.
letter-JjudgmentThe final determination of a court on a matter presented to it; money judgments provide for the payment of claims presented to the court.
letter-Jjudgment lienA money judgment against a person recorded as an abstract and attaching to the title of real estate they own.
letter-Jjudicial branchThe branch of government which settles disputes and issues case opinions regarding the application of the codes, cases and regulations.
letter-Jjudicial foreclosureThe court-ordered sale by public auction of the secured property. Also known as a sheriff’s sale.
letter-Jjumbo mortgageA conventional mortgage with a principal amount exceeding the conforming or super-conforming loan limits set by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
letter-Jjunior mortgageA mortgage recorded second in time to another mortgage encumbering the same property or made subordinate by agreement to a later recorded mortgage.
letter-JjurisdictionThe power of a court to hear a dispute and rule on a legal issue.
letter-KkickbackA fee improperly paid to a transaction agent (TA) who renders no service beyond the act of referring when the TA is already providing another service in the transaction for a fee.
letter-LlachesAn unreasonable delay which bars pursuit of a claim.
letter-LlandThe material of the earth, whatever may be the ingredients of which it is composed, whether soil, rock, or other substance, and includes free or unoccupied space for an indefinite distance upwards as well as downwards.
letter-Lland and improvement loanA loan obtained by the builderdeveloper for the purchase of land and to cover expenses for subdividing.
letter-Lland sales contractA contract used in a sale of real estate when the seller retains title to the property until all or a prescribed part of the purchase price has been paid.
letter-LlandlordOne who rents their property to another. The lessor under a lease.
letter-Llandlord-initiated disposition procedureThe process of a landlord mailing a notice of the right to reclaim personal property to a tenant who vacated and left personal property on the premises. [See RPI Form 581 and 584]
letter-Llate chargeA fee imposed as an additional charge under a provision in a promissory note, lease or rental agreement when payments are not received by their due date or during a grace period.
letter-Llate charge noticeA landlord's written notice demanding payment of a late charge on a delinquent rent payment. [See RPI Form 568]
letter-Llate charge provisionA provision in a promissory note which calls for an additional charge if payments are not received when due or during a grace period.
letter-Llate payment clauseA provision in a rental or lease agreement establishing the landlord's right to demand and receive a late charge when a rent payment becomes delinquent. [See RPI Form 550 §4.3 and 552 §4.7]
letter-Llater date orderThe commitment for an owner's title insurance policy issued by a title insurance company which covers the seller's title as of the date of the contract. When the sale closes the purchaser orders the title company to record the deed to purchaser and bring down their examination to cover this later date so as to show purchaser as owner of the property.
letter-Llateral supportThe support which the soil of an adjoining owner gives to a neighbor's land.
letter-Llead-based paintAny surface coating containing at least 1.0 milligram per square centimeter of lead, or 0.5% lead by weight. [See RPI Form 313]
letter-Llead-based paint hazardAny condition that causes exposure to lead from lead-contaminated dust, soil or paint which has deteriorated to the point of causing adverse human health effects. [See RPI Form 313]
letter-LleaseA contract between owner and tenant, setting forth conditions upon which tenant may occupy and use the property and the term of the occupancy. Sometimes used as an alternative to purchasing property outright, as a method of financing right to occupy and use real property.
letter-Llease agreementThe written document which sets the terms of a fixed-term tenancy. [See RPI Form 550 and 552 -- 552-4]
letter-Llease guaranteeAn agreement committing a person other than the tenant to pay all monies due the landlord under the lease agreement. [See RPI Form 553-1]
letter-Llease-purchase saleA sales transaction characterized by a purchase agreement containing a provision for the present transfer of possession on a lease and buildup of equity in ownership by the tenant over the term of the lease before closing the sale by crediting the purchase price with a portion of the buyer's lease payments.
letter-Lleasehold estateThe right to possess a parcel of land, conveyed by a fee owner (landlord) to a tenant.
letter-Lleasing agentA broker who markets the availability of space to rent and locates and negotiates the terms of a lease with suitable tenants.
letter-Lleft expentancy set-asideA lender-mandated portion of a home equity conversion mortgage (HECM) set aside for the payment of property charges.
letter-Llegal descriptionThe description used to locate and set boundaries for a parcel of real estate.
letter-Llegislative branchThe branch of government which enacts the codes and statutes which regulate most aspects of real estate interests.
letter-Llender overlayLender-imposed standards on consumer mortgages to be met by applicants in addition to standards set by mortgage insurers and investors.
letter-Llender subordination clauseA lease agreement provision which gives a lender with a trust deed interest senior to the tenant's leasehold interest the right to unilaterally subordinate the lender's trust deed to the tenant's leasehold by written notice to the tenant. [See RPI Form 552-8 §2]
letter-Llender-paid mortgage insurance (LPMI)Default mortgage insurance provided by private insurers in which the lender pays the mortgage insurance premium and recovers the cost through a higher interest rate.
letter-LlesseeOne who contracts to rent, occupy, and use property for the payment of rent under a lease agreement; a tenant.
letter-LLesser DepressionThe period from 2009-2016 following the Great Recession and financial crisis of 2008, characterized by persistent slow job growth and a low, flat annual home sales volume.
letter-LlessorAn owner who enters into a lease agreement with a tenant; a landlord.
letter-Lletter of creditA commitment made by a bank to a mortgage holder assuring payment of a stated amount on presentation to the bank, used by mortgage holders as a supplemental security device to avoid anti-deficiency laws.
letter-Lletter of intentA non-binding proposal signed and submitted to a property owner to start negotiations to rent or buy a property. [See RPI Form 185]
letter-Llevel-payment mortgageA loan on real estate that is paid off by making a series of equal (or nearly equal) regular payments. Part of the payment is usually interest on the loan and part of it reduces the amount of the unpaid principal balance of the loan. Also sometimes called an amortized mortgage or installment mortgage.
letter-LleverageThe use of debt financing to aquire property to maximize the return on cash invested, the loan-to-value ratio.
letter-LleveragingThe concept in real estate finance that a mortgage either increases the return on their investment or increases the owner’s risk they will lose the property (and their investment) to foreclosure.
letter-Llevying officerA court-appointed receiver or sheriff who conducts a judicial foreclosure sale.
letter-LliabilityA financial debt or obligation owed to others.
letter-Lliability limitation provisionA purchase agreement provision limiting the dollar amount of seller losses the syndicator is liable for in the event the syndicator breaches the agreement. [See RPI Form 159 §10.8]
letter-LlicenseThe personal, unassignable right held by an individual to the non-exclusive use of property owned by another.
letter-Llicensed activitiesDealing with members of the public to offer, contract for and render brokerage services for compensation.
letter-LlienAn interest held in real estate which secures payment or performance of a debt or other monetary obligation.
letter-Llife estateAn interest in a parcel of real estate lasting the lifetime of the life tenant.
letter-Llife of loan cap (cap rate)With regard to an adjustable rate mortgage, a ceiling the note rate cannot exceed over the life of the loan.
letter-Llifetime interest rate capA limit on the amount the interest rate can increase over the life of an adjustable rate mortgage (ARM).
letter-Llimitations, statute ofThe commonly used identifying term for various statutes which require that a legal action be commenced within a prescribed time after the accrual of the right to seek legal relief.
letter-Llimited liability companyAn entity formed for the purpose of holding title and operating real estate for a group of investors. The members of an LLC are not liable for the LLC's debts and obligations.
letter-Llimited partnershipA partnership consisting of a general partner or partners and limited partners in which the general partners manage and control the business affairs of the partnership while limited partners are essentially investors taking no part in the management of the partnership and having no liability for the debts of the partnership in excess of their invested capital.
letter-Lline of credit paymentA home equity conversion mortgage (HECM) payment option in which the homeowner may choose when and how much money to withdraw from their line of credit until they reach their principal limit.
letter-LlintelA horizontal board that supports the load over an opening such as a door or window.
letter-Lliquidated damages provisionA provision stating the maximum money losses a buyer owes a seller in the event the seller incurs losses on a buyer’s breach.
letter-LliquidityHoldings in or the ability to convert assets to cash or its equivalent. The ease with which a person is able to pay maturing obligations.
letter-Lliquidity trapA condition in which injections of cash into the banking system by the Federal Reserve (the Fed) fail to stimulate lending and economic growth. In the instance of California’s current crisis, cheap cash is sitting in lenders’ reserves and not being lent to prospective buyers.
letter-Llis pendensA notice recorded for the purpose of warning all persons that the title or right to possession of the described real property is in litigation.
letter-LlistingAn employment contract between principal (owner) and agent authorizing the agent to perform services for the principal involving the sale of property; listing contracts are entered into for the purpose of locating persons to buy, lease, or mortgage property. Employment of an agent by a prospective purchaser or lessee to locate property for purchase or lease is also considered a listing.
letter-Llisting agreementAn employment agreement used by brokers and agents when a client retains a broker to render real estate transactional services as the agent of the client. [See RPI Form 102 and 103]
letter-Llitigation guaranteeA title insurance policy which lists all parties with a recorded interest in a property and their addresses of record, ensuring that all persons with a recorded interest in a property are named and served in litigation.
letter-Llittoral rightsRights to shorefront land held by landowners whose property borders large, navigable lakes and oceans.
letter-Llivery of seisin (seizin)The appropriate ceremony at common law for transferring the possession of lands by a grantor to a grantee.
letter-Lloan administrationAlso called loan servicing Mortgage bankers not only originate loans, but also service them from origination to maturity of the loan through handling of loan payments, delinquencies, impounds, payoffs and releases.
letter-Lloan applicationThe loan application is a source of information on which the lender bases a decision to make the loan; sets out the amount and repayment terms of the mortgage sought, identifies the borrower, place of employment, salary, bank accounts, assets, personal debts and expenses and credit references, and describes the real estate that is to be mortgaged. [See RPI Form 202]
letter-Lloan assumptionWhen a buyer takes over an existing mortgage and becomes primarily responsible for payment on the debt.
letter-Lloan brokerageThe business of originating mortgages for lenders or selling existing mortgages to investors.
letter-Lloan closingWhen all conditions have been met, the loan officer authorizes the recording of the trust deed or mortgage. The disbursal procedure of funds is similar to the closing of a real estate sales escrow. The borrower can expect to receive less than the amount of the loan, as title, recording, service, and other fees may be withheld, or can expect to deposit the cost of these items into the loan escrow. This process is sometimes called funding the loan.
letter-Lloan commitmentLender's contractual commitment to make a loan based on the appraisal and underwriting.
letter-LLoan EstimateAn estimate of a buyer’s settlement charges and mortgage terms handed to the buyer on a standard form within three business days following the lender’s receipt of the mortgage application. [See RPI Form 204-5]
letter-Lloan level price adjustmentAdjusted interest rates or fees based on the risk of default a mortgage poses.
letter-LLoan Prospector (LP)Freddie Mac’s automated underwriting (AU) system.
letter-Lloan-to-value ratio (LTV)A ratio stating the outstanding mortgage balance as a percentage of the mortgaged property’s appraised value.
letter-LLoan/Application Register (LAR)The electronic form used to collect Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) data.
letter-Llock-in clauseA promissory note provision limiting repayment to no more than the regularly scheduled installment amount, in contrast to an “or more” clause.
letter-Llong-term investorA buyer who purchases a property with the intent of renting it to tenants to produce a steady income flow.
letter-Llong-term rateAn interest rate fixed for the duration of the mortgage.
letter-Lloss mitigationA lender strategy to lessen the amount of their loss due to a default on a mortgage.
letter-Llot line adjustmentWhen adjacent property owners move an existing property line.
letter-Llump sum optionA home equity conversion mortgage (HECM) payment option in which the homeowner receives one payment after closing.
letter-Lluxury vs. necessityHousing as a consumer good that enhances one's social status versus housing as a solution to one's basic need for shelter.
letter-Mmanaging agentA broker who manages membership, common areas and accounting for a common interest development.
letter-Mmandatory improvementAn improvement required to be made by the tenant under the terms of the rental or lease agreement.
letter-Mmandatory obligationThe costs associated with originating and closing a home equity conversion mortgage (HECM).
letter-MmarginThe interest points added to an index by a lender as profit on the adjustment of an adjustable rate mortgage (ARM).
letter-Mmargin of securityThe difference between the amount of the mortgage loan(s) and the appraised value of the property.
letter-Mmarginal landLand which barely pays the cost of working or using.
letter-Mmark-to-managementA method of valuing loans set by bank management.
letter-Mmark-to-marketA method of valuing loans based on the market price of the properties securing the mortgages.
letter-Mmarket comparison approachAn evaluation method used to arrive at a property's value by a comparison of recent sales prices or rental operations of similar properties, adjusted for differences in the properties. See comparative market analysis (CMA)
letter-Mmarket priceThe price paid regardless of pressures, motives or intelligence.
letter-Mmarket valueThe highest price in terms of money which a property will bring in a competitive and open market and under all conditions required for a fair sale, i.e., the buyer and seller acting prudently, knowledgeably and neither affected by undue pressures.
letter-Mmarketable titleTitle which a reasonable purchaser, informed as to the facts and their legal importance and acting with reasonable care, would be willing and ought to accept.
letter-Mmarketing packageA property information package handed to prospective buyers containing disclosures compiled on the listed property by the seller's agent.
letter-Mmasked security deviceAlternative documentation for a carryback sale, substituted for a note and trust deed in a deceptive attempt to avoid due-on enforcement, Regulation Z (Reg Z), reassessment for property taxes, profit reporting and the buyer’s right of reinstatement or redemption on default. [See RPI Form 300-1 and 300-2]
letter-Mmaster leaseA leasehold interest granted to a master tenant with the right to sublease the property in exchange for rent paid to the fee owner.
letter-Mmaterial breachFailure to perform significant obligations called for in an agreement, such as a promissory note.
letter-Mmaterial defectInformation about a property which might affect the price and terms a prudent buyer is willing to pay for a property.
letter-Mmaterial factInformation about a property offered for sale which might adversely affect a prospective buyer’s decision to purchase the property or the price they will pay and is disclosed to prospective buyers as soon as possible.
letter-Mmaterial participantA rental property owner who participates in real estate rental operations or a real estate profession on a regular, continuous and substantial basis.
letter-Mmaximum claim amountThe ceiling amount for how much the homeowner is responsible for repaying once a home equity conversion mortgage (HECM) becomes due.
letter-Mmean price trendlineA reflection of consumer inflation, to which property prices cyclically return.
letter-Mmechanic's lienA lien entitling a contractor or subcontractor to foreclose on a job site property to recover the amount due and unpaid for labor and materials they used.
letter-Mmedian ageThe midway point between the older half of a population and the younger half.
letter-MmediationAn informal, non-binding dispute resolution voluntarily agreed to in which a third-party mediator works to bring the disputing parties to their own decision to resolve their dispute.
letter-Mmedicare taxUnder the 2013 health care law, this is an additional tax on earned income exceeding a threshold amount.
letter-MMello-RoosThe Mello-Roos Community Facilities Act of 1982 authorizes the formation of community facilities districts; the issuance of bonds, and the levying of special taxes thereunder to finance designated public facilities and services.
letter-MmergerThe termination of an easement when one owner acquires fee title to both the property benefitting from and the property burdened by an easement.
letter-MmeridiansImaginary north-south lines which intersect base lines to form a starting point for the measurement of land.
letter-Mmesne profitsProfit from land use accruing between two periods as for example moneys owed to the owner of land by a person who has illegally occupied the land after the owner takes title, but before taking possession.
letter-Mmetes and boundsA term used in describing the boundary lines of land, setting forth all the boundary lines together with their terminal points and angles. Metes (length or measurements) and Bounds (boundaries) description are used when accuracy as to the exact location of the line is required.
letter-Mmetropolitan statistical area (MSA)A large region connected by common economic ties, considered as a unit for statistical purposes.
letter-Mmile5,280 feet.
letter-MMillennium BoomThe years 2000-2007 leading up to the 2008 economic recession, characterized by loose lending practices and unsustainably high real estate sales volume and prices.
letter-MminorA person under 18 years of age.
letter-Mminor breachFailure to pay late charges, interest penalties, bad check charges or security deposits.
letter-MmisdemeanorA lesser crime punishable by a fine and/or county jail sentence.
letter-Mmisplaced improvementsImprovements on land which do not conform to the most profitable use of the site.
letter-MmisrepresentationA false or misleading statement or assertion given to another to induce them to do something.
letter-Mmixed collateral transactionA transaction which is evidenced by one note and secured by both real estate (using a trust deed) and personal property (using a UCC-1 Form).
letter-Mmixed-use propertyAn urban real estate development which combines residential and commercial uses.
letter-MMLO organizationAn entity performing mortgage loan origination services.
letter-MmobilehomeProperty designed to be used as a dwelling, classified as either personal or real property depending on the method of attachment to a parcel of real estate. Also known as a manufactured home.
letter-MmodificationA mutual agreement between a mortgage holder and a property owner to alter, add or rescind one or more of the terms of a mortgage.
letter-MmodularA system for the construction of dwellings and other improvements to real property through the on-site assembly of component parts (modules) that have been mass produced away from the building site.
letter-MmoldingsUsually patterned strips used to provide ornamental variation of outline or contour, such as cornices, bases, window and door jambs.
letter-Mmomentum tradersBuyers relying on the emotion of frenzied market participants, rather than property price inflation, to profit from buying and reselling property.
letter-Mmonetarist economic viewAn economic view which holds it is the role of the government to control the amount of money in circulation, not a commodity or other currency. In the U.S., this is performed by the Federal Reserve (the Fed) and the U.S. Treasury.
letter-Mmonetary breachA tenant's failure to timely pay rent or other money obligation due.
letter-Mmonetary controlsFederal Reserve tools for regulating the availability of money and credit to influence the level of economic activity, such as adjusting discount rates, reserve requirements, etc.
letter-Mmonetary policyThe Federal Reserve's use of short-term interest rates and other infusions and withdrawals of dollars in circulation to control pricing and employment in the economy.
letter-Mmoney actionLitigation which seeks to recover future rents and any previously unpaid rent earned but not included in an unlawful detainer judgment.
letter-Mmoney illusionThe illusion that a property's past dollar value and the amount a current homebuyer will pay are the same.
letter-Mmoney judgmentAn award for money issued by a court resulting from a lawsuit for payment of a claim.
letter-Mmoney judgment (on foreclosure)An award for any unpaid balance remaining after a judicial foreclosure sale due to the secured property’s insufficient fair market value (FMV) on the date of the sale to satisfy the debt owed, also called a deficiency.
letter-Mmoney multiplier effectThe rapid expansion of the money supply dictated by lenders' ability to lend. It is calculated by dividing the total deposits held by lenders by the reserve requirement.
letter-MmonumentA fixed object and point established by surveyors to establish land locations.
letter-Mmoral hazardAn investment situation in which the risk of loss is borne primarily by a group of investors, not the syndicator, strutured to discourage the syndicator from working for results that exceed minimum performance standards and motivate the syndicator to take unacceptable risks.
letter-Mmoral riskThe existence of an overly permissive attitude towards debt which leads to a greater risk of default by other debtors.
letter-MmoratoriumThe temporary suspension, usually by statute, of the enforcement of liability of debt. Temporary suspension of development or utilities connections imposed by local government.
letter-MmortgageA security device by which real estate is hypothecated to secure the payment of a debt; in the event of a default on the mortgage, a notice procedure for foreclosure is established by statute.
letter-MMortgage Acts and Practices — AdvertisingA federal law governing consumer mortgage advertisements.
letter-MMortgage Assistance Relief Services (MARS) ruleA federal regulation protecting homeowners by controlling the activities of mortgage assistance relief providers.
letter-Mmortgage bankerA person whose principal business is the originating, financing, closing, selling and servicing of loans secured by real property for institutional lenders on a contractual basis.
letter-Mmortgage call reportA quarterly report on consumer mortgage data provided to the Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System (NMLS), used to enhance regulatory oversight.
letter-Mmortgage commitmentA lender’s commitment to make a mortgage, enforceable only when written, unconditional and signed by the lender for consideration.
letter-Mmortgage contracts with warrantsWarrants make the mortgage more attractive to the lender by providing both the greater security that goes with a mortgage, and the opportunity of a greater return through the right to buy either stock in the borrower's company or a portion of the income property itself.
letter-Mmortgage guaranty insuranceInsurance against financial loss available to mortgage lenders from private mortgage insurance companies (PMICs).
letter-Mmortgage insurance premium (MIP)Default insurance premiums required on a Federal Housing Administration (FHA)-insured mortgage, paid both up-front and annually.
letter-Mmortgage interest deduction (MID)An itemized deduction for income tax reporting allowing homeowners to deduct interest and related charges they pay on a mortgage encumbering their primary or second homes.
letter-Mmortgage investment companyA company or group of private investors that buys mortgages for investment purposes.
letter-Mmortgage loan activity notificationA report notifying the California Bureau of Real Estate (CalBRE) when a licensee commences offering mortgage loan originator (MLO) services.
letter-MMortgage Loan Disclosure Statement (MLDS)A California disclosure provided to a borrower by a mortgage broker who negotiates a mortgage on the borrower’s behalf. [See RPI Form 204]
letter-Mmortgage loan originator (MLO)An individual who receives fees to arrange a consumer mortgage.
letter-Mmortgage loan originator (MLO) brokerA mortgage loan originator (MLO) who is other than a natural person, such as a corporate broker.
letter-Mmortgage packageA collection of documents required to process a mortgage application and sent to a mortgage
underwriting officer for review after receipt of the appraisal on the property offered as security.
letter-Mmortgage payment ratioA debt-to-income ratio (DTI) used to determine eligibility for an FHAinsured mortgage limiting the buyer’s mortgage payment to 31% of the buyer’s gross effective income.
letter-Mmortgage processingThe receipt of a mortgage application and the organization, preparation and confirmation of supporting documentation by the lender’s mortgage processor for submission to the lender.
letter-Mmortgage shopping worksheetA worksheet designed for use by buyers when submitting applications for a consumer mortgage to compare mortgages offered by different lenders based on a list of all the variables commonly occurring as costs at the time of origination and over the life of the mortgage. [See RPI Form 312]
letter-Mmortgage steeringA mortgage loan originator (MLO) practice of directing a homebuyer to a consumer mortgage with less favorable terms in order to obtain greater compensation.
letter-Mmortgage-backed bond (MBB)An asset-backed security representing a claim on the cash flows from payments received on a mortgage.
letter-Mmortgage-backed loan (MBL)A loan secured by the assignment of an existing note and trust deed.
letter-Mmortgage-in-factA grant deed given by an owner for the sole purpose of securing the performance of an obligation owed a creditor, such as payment of a debt.
letter-MmortgageeAn investor who originates a mortgage with a borrower (mortgagor) to secure a loan th elender funds; a lender or creditor.
letter-Mmortgagee-in-possessionA lender who possesses a property, receiving any income it produces, and is obligated to operate or manage the property.
letter-MmortgagorOne who encumbers their property with a mortgage to secure a loan; a borrower.
letter-Mmultiple listingA listing, usually an exclusive right to sell, taken by a member of an organization composed of real estate brokers, with the provisions that all members will have the opportunity to find an interested buyer; a cooperative listing insuring owner property will receive a wider market exposure.
letter-Mmultiple listing service (MLS)An association of real estate agents pooling and publishing the availability of their listing properties.
letter-Mmutual consentA meeting of the minds between the parties to a transaction. One of the four essential elements of a contract.
letter-Mmutual savings banksFinancial institutions owned by depositors each of whom has rights to net earnings of the bank in proportion to his or her deposits.
letter-Mmutual water companyA water company organized by or for water users in a given district with the object of securing an ample water supply at a reasonable rate; stock is issued to users.
letter-Nnarrative reportA summary of all factual materials, techniques and appraisal methods used by the appraiser in establishing the value of a property. This is the most thorough type of appraisal report.
letter-NNationwide Mortgage Licensing System (NMLS)The national registry of consumer mortgage loan originators (MLOs).
letter-NNationwide Mortgage Licensing System (NMLS) identification number (ID)A unique number identifying a consumer mortgage loan originator (MLO) in the Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System (NMLS).
letter-NNatural Hazard Disclosure Statement (NHD)A report provided by a local agency or NHD vendor and used by sellers and seller's agents to disclose natural hazards which exist on a property held out for sale. [See RPI Form 314]
letter-Nnatural hazardsRisks to life and property which exist in nature due to a property’s location.
letter-Nnegative amortizationThe addition of unpaid interest to the principal balance of a mortgage due to insufficient monthly interest payments.
letter-Nnegative covenantA recorded restriction prohibiting identified uses of a property.
letter-Nnegative equityThe condition of a mortgaged property owner owing a principal balance on the mortgage in an amount greater than the current fair market value of the property. Cryptically, the property has no equity.
letter-Nnegative fraudDeceitfully withholding or failing to disclose information to someone.
letter-NnegligenceThe failure to behave with the level of care that someone of ordinary prudence would have exercised under the same conditions.
letter-NnegotiableCapable of being negotiated, assignable or transferable in the ordinary course of business.
letter-Nnet incomeThe money remaining after expenses are deducted from income; the profit.
letter-Nnet income multiplier (NIM)The property's price as a multiple of the net operating income (NOI).
letter-Nnet investment incomePre-tax income received from investment assets. For real estate investors, this includes income, profits and losses from the operations and sales of rental property, interest income and profits on land held for resale.
letter-Nnet leaseA commercial lease which transfers to the tenant the obligation, unless modified, to pay all of the costs of ownership in addition to utilities and janitorial services. [See RPI Form 552-2 and 552-3]
letter-Nnet listingA type of listing in which the agent's fee is set as all sums received exceeding a net price established by the owner.
letter-Nnet operating income (NOI)1) The net revenue generated by an investment property before mortgage payments. It is calculated as the sum of a property’s gross operating income less the property’s total operating expenses. [See RPI Form 352 §4] 2) The net revenue generated by an agent's employment, calculated by subtracting business operating costs from the expected income from fees generated from sales, leasing or financing transactions.
letter-Nnet sales proceedsThe seller's receipts on closing a sale of their property after all costs of the sale and mortgage payoffs have been deducted from the gross proceeds.
letter-Nno-investor policyHUD policy which restricts a defaulting seller from selling their FHA-insured single family residence (SFR) to an investor.
letter-Nnominal demandA measure of demand which includes the illusory demand created by speculator activity artificially driving up sales volume and prices.
letter-Nnominal interest rateThe interest rate agreed to between the homebuyer and the lender as stated on the promissory note.
letter-Nnominal money lossesMonetary recovery when no injury has occurred.
letter-Nnominal rate of returnThe interest rate agreed to between the buyer and the mortgage holder as stated on the promissory note, also called the note rate.
letter-Nnon-conforming loanA conventional loan with a loan amount greater than the loan amount limits set by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Non-conforming loans are also known as jumbo loans.
letter-Nnon-exempt lenderA lender subject to usury limitations when making a loan.
letter-Nnon-exempt private lenderA lender subject to usury limitations when making a loan.
letter-Nnon-targeted transactionA transaction type excluded from a particular legal code or regulation and not subject to its rules.
letter-Nnondelegable dutyA duty which cannot be transferred or assumed by another person. In the case of a landlord, a nondelegable duty cannot be assumed by a property manager or contractor.
letter-Nnondisturbance agreementAn agreement with mortgage lender providing for the tenant's lease agreement to remain in effect for its full term after the leasehold is subordinated to a new mortgage.
letter-Nnondisturbance clauseA lease agreement provision which is coupled with the future subordination clause to allow a tenant's junior leasehold interest to remain unaffected by a lender's foreclosure under a senior trust deed. [See RPI Form 552-8]
letter-Nnonjudicial foreclosureWhen property is sold at a public auction by a trustee as authorized under the power-ofsale provision in a trust deed.
letter-Nnonmonetary breachA tenant's breach of any obligation other than an obligation to pay money.
letter-Nnonrecourse debtA debt recoverable on default solely through the value of the security interest in the secured property.
letter-Nnonrecourse mortgageA mortgage subject to anti-deficiency laws which do not permit the mortgage holder (lender or carryback seller) to pursue a borrower to collect any loss due to a deficiency in the value of the secured property on foreclosure or a short payoff.
letter-Nnonrecurring deposits or chargesOne-time costs for which the tenant is responsible. [See RPI Form 550 §2]
letter-Nnontraditional creditAccounts other than traditional mortgage, loan, credit card and bank accounts, used to analyze a consumer’s ability to repay debt.
letter-Nnonwaiver of rights provisionA nonresidential rental or lease agreement provision containing the landlord's reservation of rights. [See RPI Form 552 §20]
letter-Nnonwaiver provisionA provision in the lease agreement that states a landlord's waiver of a tenant's breach is not a waiver of similar or future breach. [See RPI Form 550 §7.4 and 552 §20.1]
letter-Nnotary publicAn appointed officer with authority to take the acknowledgment of persons executing documents, sign the certificate and affix official seal.
letter-NnoteA document given as evidence of a debt owed by one person to another, sometimes called a promissory note. [See RPI Form 421 and 424]
letter-Nnote rateThe interest rate agreed to between the homebuyer and the lender on the promissory note. Contrast with real interest rate.
letter-Nnotice1) Actual Notice - Express or implied knowledge of a fact. 2) Constructive notice - A fact, imputed to a person by law, which should have been discovered because of the person's actual notice of circumstances and the inquiry that a prudent person would have been expected to make. 3) Legal Notice - Information required to be given by law.
letter-Nnotice of action takenA notice disclosing to the applicant the specific reasons for a denial of credit, as required by the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA).
letter-NNotice of CancellationA notice from either the buyer or seller given to the other party cancelling the transaction. [See RPI Form 181]
letter-Nnotice of change in rental termsWritten notice served on the tenant noting changes in the terms or conditions of a month-to-month rental agreement. [See RPIForm 570 and 574]
letter-NNotice of Default (NOD)The notice recorded to begin the nonjudicial foreclosure process.
letter-NNotice of Delinquency (NODq)The notice sent by a mortgage holder to a person who requested the notice within 15 calendar days after four consecutive months of unpaid and delinquent monthly installments on their mortgage.
letter-Nnotice of entryA document served on a tenant giving them advance notice of a landlord's intent to enter a tenant's unit to perform maintenance, make repairs or inspect. [See RPI Form 567]
letter-Nnotice of incompletenessA notice requesting additional information to complete a mortgage application, as required by the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA).
letter-Nnotice of intent to vacateA tenant's notice to the landlord signifying their intent to vacate the leased property. [See RPI Form 571 and 572]
letter-Nnotice of nonresponsibilityA notice used by an owner to declare they are not responsible for any claim arising out of the improvements their tenant is constructing on their property. [See RPI Form 597]
letter-Nnotice of rescissionNotice given by a seller-in-foreclosure to an equity purchase (EP) investor to exercise the seller's two-year right to rescind the sale and be restored to title of the property sold.
letter-Nnotice of right to reclaim personal propertyA landlord's notice mailed to a former tenant informing the tenant of their right to reclaim or abandon personal property remaining on the premises. [See RPI Form 583 and 584]
letter-Nnotice of right to rescindA disclosure notifying a homeowner of their right to cancel a non-purchase money consumer mortgage secured by their principal residence, the circumstances allowing the homeowner to cancel and the effects of the rescission.
letter-Nnotice of trustee's sale (NOTS)The notice recorded, posted and mailed to evidence an impending trustee’s sale to the property owner and potential bidders.
letter-NNotice to Home Loan ApplicantA disclosure of the consumer’s right to credit score disclosures and how consumer credit scores are used, as required by the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).
letter-Nnotice to landlord to surrender personal propertyA written request submitted by a former tenant to a landlord for the return of personal property left in the vacated unit. [See RPI Form 582]
letter-Nnotice to pay rent or quitA notice served on a tenant by the landlord which states the amount of delinquent rent and any other delinquent amounts owed the landlord under a rental or lease agreement. [See RPI Form 575 and 575-1]
letter-Nnotice to perform or quitA notice requiring a tenant to perform an action to remedy a curable nonmonetary breach of the lease agreement. [See RPI Form 576]
letter-Nnotice to quitA notice to vacate served on a tenant for an incurable breach of a rental or lease agreement or due to a statutory breach of the tenancy. [See RPI Form 577]
letter-Nnotice to vacateA written document used by a tenant or a landlord to terminate a periodic tenancy. [See RPI Form 569 and 569-1]
letter-NnovationAn agreement entered into by a mortgage holder, buyer and seller to shift responsibility for a mortgage obligation to the buyer by an assumption and release the seller of liability.
letter-Nnovation agreementAn agreement entered into by a mortgage holder, buyer and seller to shift responsibility for a mortgage obligation to the buyer by an assumption and release the seller of liability.
letter-NnuisanceAn action which is injurious to health, offensive to the senses, or obstructs the use and enjoyment of surrounding parcels. [See RPI Form 550 §6.7 and Form 552 §7.3 ]
letter-Nnuisance per seAny activity specifically declared by statute to be a nuisance, such as construction of fences of excessive height or the illegal sale of controlled substances.
letter-Nnull and voidOf no legal validity or effect.
letter-OobsolescenceLoss in value due to reduced desirability and usefulness of a structure because its design and construction become obsolete; loss because of becoming old-fashioned and not in keeping with modern needs, with consequent loss of income. May be functional or economic.
letter-Ooff-site improvementsImprovements not located on the lots being sold which add value to the development, such as access roads, street lighting and sidewalks.
letter-Ooffer to leaseA document which sets forth all crucial elements typically negotiated to bring the landlord and tenant together in final leasing arrangements. [See RPI Form 556]
letter-Ooffer to purchaseA proposal made by a potential buyer to acquire property on the stated terms, which the property owner may accept or reject. [See RPI Form 185]
letter-Ooffice managerA licensee hired by a broker to fulfill the supervisory responsibility of reviewing documents and maintaining office files. [See RPI Form 510]
letter-Ooffset statementStatement by owner of property or owner of lien against property setting forth the present status of liens against said property. [See RPI Form 414]
letter-Oone-action ruleThe prohibition of more than one action to recover a mortgage debt, requiring the mortgage holder to first resort to foreclosure on the real estate before pursuing other collection remedies. The enforcement of the assignment of rents provision by collecting rents does not bar a mortgage holder from later foreclosing on the real estate and, if a recourse mortgage, seeking a deficiency judgment.
letter-Oopen housing lawCongress passed a law in April 1968 which prohibits discrimination in the sale of real estate because of race, color, or religion of buyers.
letter-Oopen listingAn employment entered into by a broker to render real estate services on a best-efforts basis under which a fee is due to the broker if they achieve the client's objective of the employment before the client or another broker separately first meet the objective, such as the sale or locating of a property.
letter-Oopen-end mortgageA mortgage which gives the borrower the ability to withdraw funds in a line of credit.
letter-Ooperating agreementA form used by syndicators when setting up a limited liability company (LLC) to establish the procedures for operating the LLC and the rights and duties of its members. [See RPI Form 372]
letter-Ooperating expensesThe total annual cost incurred to maintain and operate a property for one year. [See RPI Form 352 §3.21]
letter-OopinionA statement by an agent concerning an event or condition which has not yet occurred based on readily available facts.
letter-Oopinion of titleAn attorney's written evaluation of the condition of the title to a parcel of land after examination of the abstract of title.
letter-Oopportunity costThe cost of forgoing the benefits of one investment by choosing to enter into an alternative investment.
letter-OoppressionWhen no real negotiations occur between an equity purchase investor and a seller-in-foreclosure and are not realistic due to a take it or leave it environment created by the EP investor's abuse of the inequality in bargaining power.
letter-OoptionA right given for a consideration to another by a property owner, to purchase or lease a property as agreed within a specified time without obligating the person who receives the right to exercise the right.
letter-Ooption adjustable rate mortgage (ARM)An adjustable rate mortgage (ARM) giving the borrower the choice of a full monthly payment, an interest-only payment, and a minimum payment typically less than the interest due.
letter-Ooption listingA variation of the exclusive right-to-sell listing in which the seller grants the broker an option to buy the property at a predetermined price, if the property does not sell during the listing period. [See RPI Form 102 §10]
letter-Ooption moneyConsideration given by a buyer to a seller for granting the buyer an option to purchase the property.
letter-Ooption periodThe time period during which an optionee/buyer may exercise their right to buy under an option agreement. [See RPI Form 161 §4]
letter-Ooption to buyAn agreement granting an irrevocable right to buy property within a specific time period. [See RPI Form 161]
letter-Ooption to extendAn agreement granting a tenant the right to extend possession under their lease agreement on terms set out in the option to extend. [See RPI Form 565]
letter-Ooption to renewAn agreement granting a tenant the right to continue in possession upon expiration of the existing lease under a new lease agreement on the same conditions as the expiring lease agreement on terms for payment of rent set out in the option to renew. [See RPI Form 565]
letter-Ooral contractA verbal agreement; one which is not reduced to writing.
letter-OorientationPlacing a structure on its lot with regard to its exposure to the rays of the sun, prevailing winds, privacy from the street and protection from outside noises.
letter-Oorigination chargeA charge for lender-performed services integral to the administrative process of originating a mortgage.
letter-Oostensible authorityThat authority which a third person reasonably believes an agent possesses because of the acts or omissions of the principal.
letter-OoverageA surplus amount in a trust account exceeding the amount of trust funds held in all the subaccounts for individuals.
letter-OoverimprovementAn improvement which is not the highest and best use for the site on which it is placed by reason of excess size or cost.
letter-Ooverlying rightThe right of a real estate owner to take the ground water below the surface of their land.
letter-Ooverriding rentThe amount the current market rent rates exceed the rents set in the lease agreement, attainable by the tenant on a sublease to a successor tenant.
letter-Oowner's statementAn accounting on the status, expenditure and location of negotiable trust funds provided to the owner of those funds.
letter-Oowner-by-foreclosureThe winning bidder at a trustee's sale who takes title to the property sold by a trustee's deed.
letter-OownershipThe right of one or more persons to possess and use property to the exclusion of all others. A collection of rights to the use and enjoyment of property.
letter-Ppackage mortgageA type of mortgage used in home financing covering real property, improvements, and movable equipment/appliances.
letter-Ppanic sellingAs with blockbusting, the prohibited discriminatory practice of a real estate licensee inducing a property owner to list a property for sale by suggesting that a change in neighborhood demographics will cause a loss in property values.
letter-Ppar interest rateThe interest rate for a mortgage in the secondary mortgage market without the addition of a yield spread premium or discount points.
letter-Ppar rateThe lender's base interest rate without any positive or negative adjustments for profit.
letter-Ppar valueMarket value, nominal value.
letter-Pparamount titleTitle which is superior or foremost to all others.
letter-PparcelA three-dimensional portion of real estate identified by a metes and bounds description.
letter-Pparity distributionAn equal sharing between all members in a limited liability company (LLC) of earnings in the form of spendable income and proceeds of a sale or refinance.
letter-Pparol evidenceA rule that prevents a party to a written contract from presenting outside evidence that clarifies the written terms of a contract that appears to be whole.
letter-Ppartial payment agreementAn agreement for receipt of partial rent, specifying the amount of deferred rent remaining unpaid and the date for its payment. [See RPI Form 558 and 559]
letter-PparticipationSharing of an interest in a property by a lender. In addition to base interest on mortgage loans on income properties, a percentage of gross income is required, sometimes predicated on certain conditions being fulfilled, such as a minimum occupancy or percentage of net income after expenses, debt service and taxes. Also called equity participation or revenue sharing.
letter-Pparties (party)Those persons taking part in a transaction as principals, e.g., seller, buyer, or lender in a real estate transaction.
letter-PpartitionA division of real or personal property or the proceeds therefrom among co-owners.
letter-Ppartition actionCourt proceedings by which co-owners seek to sever their joint ownership and parcel or sell a property.
letter-PpartnershipA voluntary association of two or more persons to carry on a business or venture on terms of mutual participation in profits and losses.
letter-Pparty wallA common boundary improvement located on a property line between adjacent properties, such as a wall, fence or building co-owned by the adjacent property owners.
letter-Ppass-through provisionsAn all-inclusive trust deed (AITD) provision used by a carryback seller which provides for the payment of any demands made by the underlying mortgage holder, other than regular principal and interest payments, to be passed through to the buyer when triggered by the buyer’s conduct. [See RPI Form 442 and 443]
letter-Ppassive category incomeProfits and losses from rental real estate, operations and sales, and from non-owner-operated businesses.
letter-PpatentConveyance of title to government land.
letter-Ppayment adjustment dateWith regard to an adjustable rate mortgage, the date the borrower's monthly principal and interest payment may change.
letter-Ppayment capA limit on the amount of increase in the borrower’s monthly principal and interest at the payment adjustment date on an adjustable rate mortgage (ARM).
letter-Ppayment rateWith respect to an adjustable rate mortgage, the rate at which the borrower repays the loan - reflects buydowns or payment caps.
letter-Ppayoff demandA written demand, prepared by a mortgage holder, for the total dollar amount required on the date of preparation to pay off the mortgage as a requisite for recording a reconveyance of their trust deed lien on a property.
letter-PpenaltyAn extra payment or charge required of the borrower for deviating from the terms of the original loan agreement. Usually levied for being late in making regular payment or for paying off the loan before it is due, known as late charges and prepayment penalties.
letter-Pper capita incomeA measure of average income per person in a population center.
letter-Ppercentage leaseA commercial lease agreement for a retail operation that sets the total amount of rent the tenant will pay as a percentage of the tenant's gross sales. [See RPI Form 552-4]
letter-Pperfecting the lienThe preparation and filing of a UCC-1 Financing Statement (UCC-1) to put the public on notice of the lien created by a security agreement.
letter-Pperimeter heatingBaseboard heating, or any system in which the heat registers are located along the outside walls of a room, especially under the windows.
letter-Pperiodic interest rate capA limit on the amount the interest rate can increase with each future adjustment of an adjustable rate mortgage (ARM).
letter-Pperiodic tenancyA leasehold interest which lasts for automatic successive rental periods of the same length of time, terminating upon notice from either party. [See RPI 551 and 552-5]
letter-Ppermanent nuisanceA nuisance which cannot be abated at a reasonable cost and by reasonable means.
letter-Ppermissive improvementA nonmandatory improvement the tenant is authorized to complete without further landlord consent.
letter-Ppersonal propertyAll property not classified as real estate, such as trade fixtures.
letter-Ppersonal use loanA mortgage origination which funds a personal use, such as a loan that funds the purchase or improvement of an owner’s principal residence or second home.
letter-Ppersonal-satisfaction contingency provisionA provision in an agreement requiring the personal approval of an aspect of a transaction by the seller or buyer, not a third party, as a condition for further performance or cancellation of the transaction. [See RPI Form 150 §11.10(b)]
letter-PPest Control CertificationA certificate of clearance by the Structural Pest Control company indicating the property is free of pest infestation or infection in the visible and accessible areas, commonly called a termite clearance.
letter-Pphysical deteriorationImpairment of condition. Loss in value brought about by wear and tear, disintegration, use and actions of the elements; termed curable and incurable.
letter-Pphysical fileA file to store all the information and documents regarding a transaction, such as agreements and disclosures. [See RPI Form 520]
letter-Pphysical lifeThe total number of years a building is presumed to potentially exist in a productive capacity.
letter-PPITI (principal, interest, taxes and insurance)The sum of the components of a monthly payment to a mortgage holder applied in part on the debt and in part as an impound account deposit for payment of annually recurring ownership expenses such as property taxes and insurance premiums.
letter-PplaintiffIn a court action, the one who sues; the complainant.
letter-Pplanned developmentA subdivision consisting of separately owned parcels of land together with membership in an association which owns common area. Sometimes the owners of separate interests also have an undivided interest in the common area.
letter-Pplanned unit development (PUD)A term sometimes used to describe a planned development. A planning and zoning term describing land not subject to conventional zoning to permit clustering of residences or other characteristics of the project which differ from normal zoning.
letter-Pplanning commissionAn agency of local government charged with planning the development, redevelopment or preservation of an area.
letter-Pplat (of survey)A map of land made by a surveyor showing the boundaries, buildings and other improvements.
letter-PpledgeTo offer an asset (such as an existing carryback note) as collateral or security for another, unrelated debt. Also known as hypothecation. [See RPI Form 242]
letter-PpledgeeOne who is given a pledge or a security. (See definition of Secured Party.)
letter-PpledgorOne who offers a pledge or gives security. (See definition of debtor.)
letter-PplottageA term used in appraising to designate the increased value of two or more contiguous lots when they are joined under single ownership and available for use as a larger single lot. Also called assemblage.
letter-Pplottage incrementThe appreciation in unit value created by joining smaller ownerships into one large single ownership.
letter-PpointsA fee charged by a lender as prepaid interest which in turn reduces the note rate on the mortgage, with a point equaling 1% of the amount of the mortgage.
letter-Ppolice powerThe constitutional source of the state or local government’s authority to act.
letter-Pportfolio income categoryUnearned income from interest on investments in bonds, savings, stocks and mortgage notes, and income, profits and losses from management-free income property.
letter-Pportfolio investorAn investor who seeks income from interest earned on bonds, savings and trust deed notes and earnings on stocks, land held for profit and management-free long-term property leases.
letter-Pportfolio lenderA lender who both funds and holds a mortgage to collect the interest income.
letter-Pportfolio yieldAny lender earnings from fees or interest on a mortgage.
letter-Ppost-closing surpriseThe post-closing discovery of detrimental conditions hidden in the wording of an equity purchase (EP) agreement or escrow instructions.
letter-Ppower of attorneyA temporary authority granted to an individual to perform activities during a period of the owner's incapacity or travel. [See RPI Form 447]
letter-Ppower-of-sale provisionA trust deed provision authorizing the trustee to initiate a non-judicial foreclosure sale of the described property on instructions from the beneficiary.
letter-Ppre-foreclosure workoutNegotiations between a mortgage holder and defaulting property owner with the purpose of exploring options to avoid foreclosure.
letter-Pprefabricated houseA house manufactured and sometimes partly assembled before delivery to building site.
letter-Ppreferred stockA class of corporate stock entitled to preferential treatment such as priority in distribution of dividends.
letter-Ppreliminary title report (prelim)A report constituting a revocable offer by a title insurer to issue a policy of title insurance, used by a buyer and escrow for an initial review of the vesting and encumbrances recorded and affecting title to a property.
letter-Pprepaid items of expenseProrations of prepaid items of expense which are credited to the seller in the closing escrow statement.
letter-PprepaymentProvision made for loan payments to be larger than those specified in the note.
letter-Pprepayment penaltyA levy charged by a mortgage holder to a borrower who pays off the outstanding principal balance on a mortgage prior to its maturity. [See RPI Form 418-2]
letter-PprescriptionA process for acquiring property rights to use another's property, such as an easement, through adverse use hostile to the rights of the owner.
letter-Pprescriptive easementThe right to use another's property established by the adverse use of the property for a period in excess of five years without a claim of ownership.
letter-Pprescriptive rightThe right to use water established by appropriating nonsurplus water openly and adversely for an uninterrupted period of five years without documentation of a legal right.
letter-Ppresent valueFuture rental net operating income discounted at a given rate of return minus the effects of inflation.
letter-PpresumptionAn assumption of fact that the law requires to be made from another fact or group of facts found or otherwise established in the section.
letter-Pprice adjustment provisionA provision contained in a purchase agreement calling for an adjustment in the price paid for a property to cover the costs necessary to bring the property into the condition as disclosed at the time of acceptance.
letter-Pprice appreciationAny increase beyond the rate of consumer inflation above the price paid for property experienced by the owner on its resale.
letter-Pprice fixingAn arrangement among providers of the same service to sell their services only at a predetermined price.
letter-Pprice tierA segment of the housing market, either low- mid- or high-tier, with low and upper price limits that change based on market factors. As opposed to the median price figure, the movement of the market is best understood through an analysis of individual price tiers.
letter-Pprice-to-earnings (P/E) ratioThe market value per share divided by earnings per share. This is a quick way to measure the price level of the stock market or an individual stock.
letter-Pprice-to-value differenceThe difference between the price agreed to in a purchase agreement and the value of the property on the date the agreement is breached.
letter-Pprima facieLatin meaning first sight, a fact presumed to be true until disproved.
letter-Pprime offer rateA base rate used by banks to price short-term business loans and home equity lines of credit, set 3% above the federal funds rate.
letter-Pprime rateA base rate used by banks to price short-term business loans, set 3% above the federal funds rate.
letter-PprincipalA person, an individual or an entity, acting as a buyer or seller, represented by a broker and their agents.
letter-Pprincipal disputesDisputes between a buyer and seller.
letter-Pprincipal limitThe maximum mortgage amount available to the homeowner on a home equity conversion mortgage (HECM).
letter-Pprincipal noteThe promissory note which is secured by the mortgage or trust deed.
letter-Pprincipal residenceThe residential property where the homeowner resides a majority of the year.
letter-Pprincipal residence profit exclusionA tax exclusion on profit from a home sale up to a set dollar amount.
letter-Pprincipal, interest, taxes and insurance (PITI)The four components of monthly mortgage debt.
letter-Pprinciples of valueThe application of several appraisal principles to arrive at a final value. The basic principle is substitution.
letter-Pprior lienA lien which is senior or superior to others.
letter-PpriorityThe order in which trust deed liens on title to real estate hold their security interest in the property in the event of foreclosure.
letter-Ppriority of lienThe order in which liens are given legal precedence or preference.
letter-Pprivate lenderAn individual or non-government organization that lends money.
letter-Pprivate mortgage insurance (PMI)Default mortgage insurance coverage provided to a mortgage holder by private insurers on conventional mortgages with loan-to-value (LTV) ratios higher than 80%.
letter-PprivityMutual relationship to the same rights of property, contractual relationship.
letter-Pprivity of contractThe relationship which exists between the persons who are parties to a contract.
letter-Pprivity of estateA mutual or successive relationship to the same rights in property; a connection between persons to the same estate in property.
letter-Ppro forma operating budgetA budget which discloses the amount of assessments collected by an HOA, its cash reserves and whether special assessments are anticipated to occur.
letter-Ppro rataIn proportion; according to a percentage or proportion of a whole, such as annual property taxes, based on part of a month or year.
letter-Ppro rata rentRental payment amount due for the portion of the rental period remaining after a change in the rent amount due. [See RPI Form 552 §4.1]
letter-Pprobate referee (on foreclosure)An appraiser appointed by the court in a judicial foreclosure action to advise the court on a property’s fair market value (FMV) on the date of the judicial foreclosure sale.
letter-Pprobate saleA court managed sale of a property during the probate process.
letter-Pprocuring causeThat cause originating from a series of events that, without break in continuity, results in an agent producing a final buyer under an agency employment; the real estate agent who first procures a ready, willing, and able buyer for the agreed upon price and terms entitling them to a fee.
letter-Pprofit a prendreThe right to remove minerals from another's real estate.
letter-Pprofit and loss statementA type of financial statement which discloses the tenant's business income, expenses and net operating income. [See RPI Form 209-2]
letter-Pprogress paymentsScheduled, periodic, and partial payment of construction loan funds to a builder as each construction stage is completed.
letter-Pprogression, principle ofThe worth of a lesser valued residence tends to be enhanced by association with higher valued residences in the same area.
letter-Pprohibited transactionsImproper investment of individual retirement account (IRA) funds by the IRA owner resulting in self-dealing, defined as transactions between the IRA and disqualified persons.
letter-PprojectionAn opinion about an income property's future performance based on its performance during the preceding 12-month period, adjusted for presently known trends.
letter-Ppromissory noteA document given as evidence of a debt owed by one person to another. [See RPI Form 421 and 424]
letter-Pproof-of-loss statementA statement submitted to the title insurance company by the insured referencing the encumbrance discovered after they were issued the policy, the amount of the loss and the basis for calculating the loss.
letter-PpropertyEverything capable of being owned and acquired lawfully. The rights of ownership. The right to use, possess, enjoy, and dispose of a thing in every legal way and to exclude everyone else from interfering with these rights. Property is classified into two groups, personal property and real property.
letter-Pproperty appreciationThe portion of the increase in property prices beyond the rate of inflation.
letter-Pproperty chargesOn a home equity conversion mortgage (HECM), a collective term for property taxes, insurance, ground rents, fees and special assessments.
letter-Pproperty expense profileAn itemized analysis of the costs a tenant or landlord will incur to operate and maintain a particular property. [See RPI Form 562]
letter-Pproperty managementA service offered by a licensed real estate broker in their real estate business involving the marketing, operation, maintenance and day-to-day accounting for rental properties.
letter-Pproperty management agreementAn employment agreement setting the rights, responsibilities and expectations of both the property manager and the landlord. [See RPI Form 590]
letter-Pproperty operating dataThe actual costs of operating a property for its intended use. [See RPI Form 306, 352 and 562]
letter-Pproperty profileA report from a title company providing information about a property’s ownership, encumbrances, use restrictions and comparable sales data.
letter-PProposition 13A 1979 California state constitutional amendment restricting property tax increases in years following acquisition by limiting annual increases in assessed value of real estate to no more than 2%, or the rate of consumer inflation if less.
letter-PprorationProvisions entitling the seller to a credit for the portion of prepaid sums which have not accrued on obligations a buyer assumes on the day escrow closes, or entitling the buyer to a credit for amounts assumed which accrued unpaid through the day prior to the close of escrow. [See RPI Form 401 §10]
letter-Pproration of taxesTo divide or prorate the taxes equally or proportionately to time of use, usually between seller and buyer.
letter-Pprotected groupA class of people who receive special protections against discrimination due to their distinguishing factors.
letter-Pproximate causeThat cause of an event which, in a natural and continuous sequence unbroken by any new cause, produced that event, and without which the event would not have happened. Also, the procuring cause.
letter-Pprudent investor standardA property management standard reflecting the expectations of a well-informed investor for efficient and effective management of rental income and expenses.
letter-Ppublic accommodationProperty owned, leased or operated by a private entity whose operation affects commerce.
letter-Ppublic controlsState laws, zoning regulations, building codes and local plans designed to protect property values and control growth.
letter-Ppublic housingSubsidized housing typically reserved for low-income families, the elderly, and persons with disabilities.
letter-Ppublic nuisanceA nuisance affecting an entire segment of the public.
letter-Ppublic policyA system of laws maintained by local, state or federal government for the conduct of its people.
letter-Ppublic recordsDocuments recorded with the county and available to the public. Includes information regarding property ownership, property tax values and pending litigation.
letter-Ppublic trusteeThe county public official whose office has been created by statute to whom title to real property in certain states, e.g., Colorado, is conveyed by Trust Deed for the use and benefit of the beneficiary, who usually is the lender.
letter-PpuffingAn exaggeration of a property feature or benefit which, if reasonably believed to be fact, can rise to misrepresentation and fraud.
letter-Ppunitive damagesMonies awarded in excess of actual money losses in order to deter unlawful actions.
letter-Ppurchase agreementThe primary document used as a checklist to negotiate a real estate sales transaction between a buyer and seller. [See RPI Form 150- 159]
letter-Ppurchase and installment salebackInvolves purchase of the property upon completion of construction and immediate saleback on a long-term installment contract.
letter-Ppurchase and leasebackInvolves the purchase of property by buyer and immediate leaseback to seller.
letter-Ppurchase money paperA nonrecourse note evidencing a debt for the purchase of a one-to-four unit residential property the buyer is going to occupy, or a seller carryback note and trust deed as an extension of credit to a buyer of any type of real estate which is secured solely by the property sold.
letter-Ppurchase of land, leaseback and leasehold mortgagesAn arrangement whereby land is purchased by the lender and leased back to the developer with a mortgage negotiated on the resulting leasehold of the income property constructed. The lender receives an annual ground rent, plus a percentage of income from the property.
letter-Ppurchase-assist fundingThe use of proceeds from a mortgage to fund the price paid by the borrower to acquire real estate.
letter-Ppurchase-money debtA mortgage which funds the purchase or construction of a one-to-four unit owner-occupied residence, also called a nonrecourse debt.
letter-Ppurchase-money mortgageNonrecourse mortgage financing provided by a lender as purchase-assist funding for the purchase of a one-to-four unit residential property the buyer is going to occupy, or a seller carryback note and trust deed as an extension of credit to a buyer of any type of real estate which is secured solely by the property sold. Anti-deficiency mortgage.
letter-Ppurchasing powerA homebuyer's ability to purchase property funded by a purchase-assist mortgage based on 31% of their gross income for mortgage payments at current interest rates.
letter-Ppure riskEntirely unacceptable acts leading to absolute liability for the misconduct.
letter-Ppure-net leaseA commercial lease in which a tenant assumes absolutely all the obligations of ownership. [See RPI Form 552-2 and 552-3]
letter-Pput optionA provision in all trust deeds which, in tandem with anti-deficiency laws, grants the owner of mortgaged real estate the right to default and force the mortgage holder to first sell — or buy — the property through foreclosure for the amount of the mortgage debt.
letter-PpyramidingThe practice of assessing a late charge for the delinquent payment of a previously assessed late charge.
letter-Qqualified endorsementThe payee's signature on the back of a check with the words for deposit only.
letter-Qqualified interestInterest on a mortgage which has accrued and been paid and is an allowable interest deduction for ownership of a first and second home.
letter-Qqualified mortgage (QM)A consumer mortgage which meets ability-to-repay rules under the Truth in Lending Act (TILA).
letter-Qqualified residential mortgage (QRM)A consumer mortgage – a consumer purpose loan secured by a one to four unit residential property – which meets low-risk criteria, exempting it from the 5% risk retention rule. QRMs meet ability-to-repay requirements, including the maximum debt-to-income ratio of 43%.
letter-Qquantitative easingThe purchase of government mortgage backed bonds by the Federal Reserve to drive down interest rates and increase liquidity.
letter-Qquantity surveyThe most detailed method of the cost approach in appraisal. This is generally done by contractors when bidding a project.
letter-Qquantum meruitCompensation paid to a broker on termination of a listing agreement set as the value of the time, effort and money the broker expended acting on the employment, not based on the lost opportunity of the employment.
letter-Qquarter roundA molding that presents a profile of a quarter circle.
letter-Qquiet enjoymentRight of an owner or tenant to the use of the property without interference of possession.
letter-Qquiet titleA court action to remove a cloud and establish title to a property.
letter-Qquitclaim deedA document used to convey whatever interest, if any, a person may hold in the described real estate. Form 405]
letter-Rradiant heatingA method of heating, usually consisting of coils, or pipes placed in the floor, wall or ceiling.
letter-Rradon gasA naturally occurring gas which accumulates in confined areas at ground level and poses a health risk to occupants.
letter-RraftersWood beams on which sheathing is placed. Together, these form the shape of a roof.
letter-RrangeA strip or column of land six miles wide, determined by a government survey, running in a north-south direction, lying east or west of a principal meridian.
letter-Rrange linesA series of government survey lines running north and south at six-mile intervals starting with the principal meridian and forming the east and west boundaries of townships.
letter-Rrate adjustment dateWith respect to an adjustable rate mortgage, the date the borrower's note rate may change.
letter-Rrate lockA lender’s conditional, unsigned commitment to fund a mortgage at a quoted interest rate, origination fee and points, regardless of whether interest rates rise or fall prior to funding.
letter-RratificationThe adoption or approval of an act performed on behalf of a person without previous authorization, such as the approval by a principal of previously unauthorized acts of an agent, after the acts have been performed.
letter-RratifyThe later adoption or approval of an act performed on behalf of a person when the act was not previously authorized.
letter-Rready, willing and able buyerOne who is prepared to enter into a purchase agreement, wants to buy, and meets the financing requirements for purchase.
letter-Rreal demandThe demand of end-user buyer-occupants in the real estate market.
letter-Rreal estateLand and anything permanently affixed or appurtenant to it.
letter-Rreal estate agentA person who, for compensation or in expectation of compensation, is employed by a licensed broker to do one or more of the acts of a licensed broker.
letter-Rreal estate boardAn organization whose members consist primarily of real estate brokers and salespersons.
letter-Rreal estate fixturePersonal property attached to the real estate as an improvement, which becomes a component part of the real estate.
letter-Rreal estate investment trust (REIT)A security traded on the stock market made up of investments in income generating property, trust deeds and government securities.
letter-RReal Estate LawA collection of 29 codes in California civil law governing real estate practice licensed under the Business and Professions Code and in the Government Code.
letter-Rreal estate owned property (REO)Property acquired by a mortgage holder through foreclosure.
letter-RReal Estate Recovery FundFunds available to individuals who have obtained a final-court judgment against a licensee and are unable to recover the judgment from the licensee. Also known as the Consumer Recovery Account.
letter-RReal Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA)A federal law governing the behavior of service providers on a federally related mortgage which prohibits them from giving or receiving unlawful kickbacks.
letter-Rreal estate syndicateAn organization of investors usually in the form of a limited liability company who have joined together for the purpose of pooling capital for the acquisition of real property interests. [See RPI Form 371 and 372]
letter-Rreal estate trustA special arrangement under Federal and State law whereby investors may pool funds for investments in real estate and mortgages and yet escape corporation taxes, profits being passed to individual investors who are taxed.
letter-Rreal interest rateThe nominal interest rate minus the rate of inflation. The real interest rate includes a margin of profit if the nominal rate is higher than the par rate.
letter-Rreal propertyLand and anything growing on, attached to, or erected on it, excluding anything that may be severed without injury to the land.
letter-Rreal property loan lawArticle 7 of Chapter 3 of the Real Estate Law under which a real estate licensee negotiating loans secured by real property within a specified range is required to give the borrower a statement disclosing the costs and terms of the loan and which also limits the amount of expenses and charges that a borrower may pay with respect to the loan.
letter-Rreal rate of earningsThe desired fixed rate of return on the investment in excess of the future rate of inflation.
letter-Rreal rate of returnThe nominal interest rate on a mortgage minus the rate of inflation.
letter-Rreasonable beliefThe actual knowledge a landlord has of the ownership of personal property without investigating.
letter-Rreasonable certaintyThe degree of certainty expected from a reasonable person.
letter-Rreasonable person testA judicial test used to determine reasonable behavior between two parties.
letter-Rreasonably foreseeableThe possibility a crime or danger may occur due to a previous crime on the premises. A landlord has a duty to take reasonable measures to prevent harm to persons on the property or warning tenants of the prior criminal activity.
letter-RrecaptureThe process of recovery by an owner of money invested by employing the use of a rate of interest necessary to provide for the return of an investment; not to be confused with interest rate, which is a rate of return on an investment.
letter-RrecastA mortgage holder’s demand to modify the note terms and receive payment of additional fees in exchange for waiving the due-on clause in their mortgage.
letter-RrecessionAn economic event triggered and controlled by the Federal Reserve to maintain the sustainability of economic growth.
letter-RrecharacterizationWhen a sale-lease-option arrangement is the economic equivalent of a financing arrangement, rather than functioning as a sale and repurchase transaction.
letter-RreconciliationThe final step in the appraisal process. Placing weight on the alternative value conclusions, to arrive at a final value decision.
letter-RreconveyanceA document executed by a trustee named in a trust deed to release the trust deed lien from title to real estate, used when the secured debt is fully paid. [See RPI Form 472]
letter-RrecordingThe process of placing a document on file with the Recorder for a county as the designated public official for public notice.
letter-Rrecourse debtA debt for which a debtor may be personally liable if a sale of the secured property does not fully satisfy the debt on a default.
letter-Rrecourse mortgageA mortgage debt in which a lender may pursue collection from a property owner for a loss due to a deficiency in the value of the secured property to fully satisfy the debt if the lender forecloses judicially.
letter-Rrecurring costsThe regular and continuing costs of a buyer incurred in the closing of an escrow to acquire property. Distinguished from non-recurring costs.
letter-Rrecurring operating expensesThe regular and continuing costs of using and maintaining a property.
letter-Rred flagA visually observable material defect in a property that was previously unknown and not disclosed to the buyer.
letter-RredeemThe clearing of title to a parcel of real estate of a monetary lien, such as a mortgage, through payment of the debt in full as is required during a redemption period to avoid loss of the property either at a trustee’s foreclosure sale or following a judicial foreclosure sale.
letter-RredemptionA property owner or junior lienholder’s right to clear title to property of a mortgage lien prior to the completion of a trustee’s sale or following a judicial foreclosure sale by paying all amounts due on the mortgage debt, including foreclosure charges.
letter-RredliningFailure to provide financing in certain communities based on the demographics of that community.
letter-RrefereeAn advisor to the court on the feasibility of the division or sale of co-owned real estate.
letter-Rreferral feeA fee paid by one service provider to another for referring a client to them. Prohibited by the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) when consumer financing funds the purchase of one-to-four unit residential property.
letter-RrefinancingThe paying-off of an existing obligation and assuming a new obligation in its place. To finance anew, or extend or renew existing financing.
letter-RreformationA legal process to correct an omission or error in a grant deed by court action.
letter-Rreformation actionA court action by a tenant seeking to reform the terms of a lease agreement to include prior agreements, oral or written, intended to be part of the lease agreement.
letter-Rregression, Principle ofA real estate valuation theory which holds the worth of a greater valued property is negatively affected by the close proximity of numerous lesser valued comparable properties.
letter-Rregular assessmentsRecurring HOA assessments which fund the operating budget to pay for the cost of maintaining the common areas.
letter-Rregular financierA lender subject to Truth in Lending Act restrictions by making more than a set threshold of consumer purpose loans or mortgage in a calendar year.
letter-RRegulation XThe regulation which implements the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) dictating federally related mortgage origination activities by consumer mortgage originators.
letter-RRegulation Z (Reg Z)A federal regulation implementing the Truth in Lending Act (TILA).
letter-RrehabilitationThe restoration of a property to satisfactory condition without drastically changing the plan, form or style of architecture.
letter-RreinstatementA property owner or junior lienholder’s right to reinstate a mortgage and cure any default prior to five business days before the trustee’s sale by paying delinquent amounts due on the note and trust deed, plus foreclosure charges.
letter-Rreinstatement periodThe period of time during which the tenant may reinstate their right of possession if they meet the terms set by the unlawful detainer judgment.
letter-RrejectionWhen a person chooses not to accept the terms of an offer.
letter-RRelease and Cancellation of Employment AgreementA form used by a broker when employed by a client under an existing listing agreement that is terminated by mutual agreement, to document the agreed-to termination of the employment, cancel the listing agreement and liquidate any claims that may have arisen due to the employment. [See RPI Form 121]
letter-Rrelease clauseUpon the payment of a specific sum of money to the holder of a blanket mortgage, the mortgage lien on a specifically described parcel is reconveyed, leaving the mortgage as a lien on the remainder of the secured parcels.
letter-Rrelease deedAn instrument executed by the mortgagee or the trustee reconveying to the mortgagor or trustor the real estate which secured the loan after the debt has been paid in full.
letter-RrelictionThe gradual recession of water leaving land permanently uncovered.
letter-RremainderAn estate which takes effect after the termination of the prior estate, such as a life estate. A future possessory interest in real estate.
letter-Rremainder depreciationThe possible future loss in value of an improvement to real property.
letter-Rremedies provisionA provision in a nonresidential lease agreement stating the nonbreaching party's available actions upon a breach of the lease agreement. [See RPI Form 552]
letter-Rremote granteeA future owner of real estate who later takes title to a property, also known as a successor.
letter-Rrenegotiable rate mortgageA loan secured by a long term mortgage which provides for renegotiation, at pre-determined intervals, of the interest rate (for a maximum variation of five percent over the life of the mortgage.)
letter-RrentCompensation received by a landlord in exchange for the tenant's use, possession and enjoyment of the property.
letter-Rrent controlLocal ordinances that are reasonably related to the prevention of excessive rents and maintaining the availability of existing housing. [See RPI Form 550 §1.3]
letter-Rrent provisionA provision contained in a lease agreement establishing the tenant's obligations to pay rents for occupancy and use of the premises leased.
letter-Rrent skimmingWhen an investor receives rents from a parcel of residential rental property during their first year of ownership and does not apply the rents (or an equivalent amount) to the payments due on all mortgages secured by the property.
letter-Rrental agreementThe written document which sets the terms and conditions of a periodic tenancy. [See RPI Form 551 and 552-5]
letter-Rrental marketThe market environment in which landlords seek tenants and tenants seek landlords for the occupancy of property. The rental market sets the amount of rent a property will command on any given day.
letter-Rrental vacancy rateThe percentage of unoccupied rental housing units.
letter-Rrenters by necessityHouseholds for whom traditional ownership of their shelter is not economically possible.
letter-RrentierThe class of earners whose income is earned passively, generated from owned tangible and intangible assets rather than through their labor.
letter-RrenunciationWhen an individual who has been granted something or has accepted something later gives it up or rejects it, as occurs when an agent withdraws from an agency relationship.
letter-Rrepair-and-deduct remedyAn option available to a residential tenant when the landlord fails to repair leased property allowing the tenant makes the repairs and deducts their cost from the next month's rent payment.
letter-Rreplacement costThe cost to replace a structure with one functional equivalent to the structure being evaluated, but constructed with modern materials and methods in compliance with current building codes.
letter-RrescindThe cancellation of a contract which restores the parties to the same position they held before they entered into the contract.
letter-Rrescission1) The termination of an agreement or transaction from its inception by mutual consent of the participants to the agreement or transaction, or by one participant based on fraud or misrepresentation of another participant. 2) The homeowner’s termination of a non-purchase money consumer mortgage, restoring the lender and homeowner to their original positions.
letter-RreservationA right retained by a grantor in conveying property.
letter-Rreservation agreementThe written document which sets the terms of a transient occupancy. [See RPI Form 593]
letter-Rreservation of rights clauseA clause in the nonwaiver of rights provision in nonresidential rental and lease agreements stating acceptance of late rent does not waive the landlord's right to enforce remedies for any remaining breach of the lease agreement by the tenant. [See RPI Form 552 §20 and 558 §7]
letter-Rreserve accountAn account established by a limited liability company (LLC) to cover miscellaneous transactional costs incurred to create the LLC and purchase the property, and for for unexpected operating expenses. [See RPI Form 371]
letter-Rreserve requirementA requirement to hold cash in reserve as a buffer against default in case of a life-changing event.
letter-Rreserves1) In a common interest subdivisions, an accumulation of funds collected from owners for future replacement and major maintenance of the common area and facilities. 2) With regard to mortgage loans, an accumulation of funds, collected by the lender from the borrower as part of each monthly mortgage payment, an amount allocated to pay property taxes and insurance when they are due.
letter-RresidenceAny building designed to be occupied as a residence by one or more families, or vacant land offered for the construction of a residential building.
letter-Rresident managerAn individual employed by the property manager or landlord to live onsite at the managed property and handle its daily operations. [See RPI Form 591]
letter-Rresident manager agreementAn employment agreement which establishes the rights and duties of a resident manager and the obligations of the property manager and landlord. [See RPI Form 591]
letter-Rresidential mortgageA consumer mortgage other than a carryback mortgage requiring the licensee arranging the mortgage to be mortgage loan origination (MLO)-endorsed by the California Bureau of Real Estate (CalBRE).
letter-Rresidential mortgage credit report (RMCR)A detailed account of a buyer’s credit, employment and residence history.
letter-Rresidential mortgage loan reportA report filed by California Bureau of Real Estate (CalBRE)-licensed mortgage brokers who act as direct lenders.
letter-Rresidual incomeOn a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)-guaranteed mortgage, an analysis of a veteran’s monthly debt obligations from their gross income to ensure the veteran is able to meet minimum living expenses.
letter-Rrestitution1) The return of possession of the rented premises to a wrongfully removed tenant. 2) A refund to the buyer by the seller on a rescission of a transaction in exchange for the restoration of the property to the seller.
letter-RrestorationThe return of funds and documents on a rescission of a purchase agreement or transaction sufficient to place all the parties in the position they held before entering into the agreement or closing the transaction.
letter-Rrestraint on alienationA limit placed on a property owner’s ability to sell, lease for a period exceeding three years or further encumber a property, as permitted by federal mortgage policy.
letter-Rrestricted real estate mortgagesAll mortgages made by private party lenders which are neither made nor arranged by a real estate broker.
letter-RrestrictionA limitation on the use of real property. Property restrictions fall into two general classifications - public and private. Zoning ordinances are examples of the former type. Restrictions may be created by private owners, typically by appropriate clauses in deeds, or in agreements, or in general plans of entire subdivisions. Usually they assume the form of a covenant, or promise to do or not to do a certain thing.
letter-Rrestriction-on-transfer provisionA provision in a lease agreement calling for either the landlord's consent to any transfer of the tenant's leasehold interest or the prohibition of any transfer of that interest.
letter-Rretainer agreementA contract entered into between an attorney and licensee specifying the respective responsibilities of each, and the hourly rate, deposit and other fees the attorney charges for legal services.
letter-Rretaliatory evictionA tenant whose tenancy is sought to be terminated for lawfully exercising any rights.
letter-Rretroactive interest differential (RID)The mortgage holder’s losses, calculated based on the interest differential between the note rate and the market rate on the date of a third party’s unlawful interference with the mortgage holder’s right to call a mortgage.
letter-Rretrospective valueThe value of the property as of a previous date.
letter-RreturnProfit from an investment; the yield.
letter-Rreturn of capitalThe annual return of funds originally contributed to the investors or, in the case of a real estate investment, that portion of the net operating income (NOI) annually sheltered from taxes by a depreciation deduction, s well as any net proceeds from a refinance or resale of the property, cumulative up to the amount of the original contributions, also known as return of investment. To be distinguished from a return on capital.
letter-Rreturn on capitalAn annual yield on invested capital, stated for group investment purposes as a percentage of equity capital contributed by group members to fund the costs of acquisiton and improvements of a property, represented by the property's net operating income (NOI) less interest paid on mortgage debt, also called return on investment (ROI).
letter-Rreturn on investmentA measure of earnings in relation to capital invested.
letter-Rreverse eminent domainThe use of eminent domain to seize mortgages. Contrast with the traditional use of eminent domain to seize real estate.
letter-Rreverse lease-optionA sale-leaseback agreement with the option to purchase as an addendum.
letter-Rreverse mortgageA mortgage which allows senior homeowners to use their home equity as a stream of income.
letter-RreversionThe conveyance of real estate fixtures from a tenant to landlord on expiration of a lease.
letter-Rreversionary interestA future interest a person retains on the grant of property which reverts to the person on the occurrence of an event.
letter-Rrevocable transfer on death deed (RTDD)Any document created to transfer real estate without covenant or warranty of title to a beneficiary upon the owner's death. [See RPI Form 411]
letter-RrevocationWhen the person making an offer withdraws their offer prior to delivery of the signed acceptance.
letter-Rright of alienationA property owner's ability to sell, lease or further encumber their property.
letter-Rright of first refusalA pre-emptive right held by another person to buy a property if the owner decides to sell. [See RPI Form 579]
letter-Rright of redemptionA property owner's or junior lienholder's right to clear a property's title of a mortgage lien prior to the completion of the trustee's sale by paying all amounts due on the mortgage, including foreclosure charges.
letter-Rright of rescissionThe right to cancel a completed transaction such as a sale or letting of property, including restoration, after the transaction has been closed.
letter-Rright of survivorshipThe right of surviving joint tenants or a spouse to succeed to the entire interest of the deceased co-owner.
letter-Rright, title and interestA term used in deeds to denote that the grantor is conveying all of that to which grantor held claim.
letter-Rright-of-wayA privilege under an easement granted by the owner of property giving the owner of another property the right to pass over their property.
letter-Rright-to-enter provisionA provision contained in a lease agreement which reserves to the landlord the right to enter the leased premises to make necessary repairs, alterations or inspections.
letter-Rriparian landA parcel of real estate located next to a water source with surface water and within the watershed of the surface water.
letter-Rriparian rightThe right of a real estate owner to take surface water from a running water source contiguous to their land.
letter-Rrisk analysisA study made, usually by a lender, of the various factors that might affect the repayment of a loan.
letter-Rrisk layeringThe increased risk of default posed by cumulative smaller risks.
letter-Rrisk premium rateThe lender's safety net against borrower default. The risk premium rate varies according to the homebuyer's qualifications and the security of the property.
letter-Rrisk ratingA process used by the lender to decide on the soundness of making a loan and to reduce all the various factors affecting the repayment of the loan to a qualified rating of some kind.
letter-Rrisk reduction programOffice procedures implemented and actively overseen by a broker to mitigate risk of liability by ensuring the broker's employees conduct themselves as the broker expects.
letter-Rrisk toleranceThe amount of investment risk an investor is willing to accept.
letter-Ssafety clauseA provision in an exclusive listing agreement earning the broker a fee during an agreed safety period after expiration of the employment for marketing efforts with identified buyers, tenants or property, if the client sells the listed property to an identified buyer or purchases or leases an identified property during the safety period. [See RPI Form 102 §3.1(d), 103 §4.1(c) and 110 §3.1(d)]
letter-Ssafety conditionsProperty conditions which do not meet current building codes and might affect property value.
letter-Ssafety periodAn agreed period commencing on expiration of a broker's employment during which a broker earns a fee under safety clause conditions
letter-Ssale and leasebackA financial arrangement allowing an owner of a property they occupy to sell the property and retain occupancy by agreeing to lease the property from the buyer as part of the purchase agreement negotiated. The seller receives cash while the buyer is assured a tenant and a fixed return on their investment.
letter-Ssale-leaseback and purchase option arrangementA disguised mortgage arrangement created when a seller conveys title to an investor/lender and retains possession under a lease agreement with the right to repurchase title and redeem the property for a fixed dollar sum.
letter-Ssale-leaseback-buy-backA sale and leaseback transaction in which the leaseholder has the option to buy back the original property after a specified period of time.
letter-Ssales contractA contract by which buyer and seller agree to terms of a sale.
letter-Ssales goalThe amount of after-tax income agents and brokers intend to earn as a result of their real estate licensing activities.
letter-Ssalvage valueIn computing depreciation for tax purposes, the reasonably anticipated fair market value of the property at the end of its useful life and must be considered with all but the declining balance methods of depreciation.
letter-Ssandwich leaseA leasehold interest which lies between the primary lease and the operating lease.
letter-SsashWood or metal frames containing one or more window panes.
letter-SsatisfactionDischarge of a mortgage or trust deed from the records upon payment of the debt.
letter-Ssatisfaction pieceAn instrument for recording and acknowledging payment of an indebtedness secured by a mortgage.
letter-Ssavings and loan association (S&L)A financial depository institution which accepts deposits and makes mortgages and other loans, also known as a thrift.
letter-Ssavings rateThe percentage of an individual's monthly disposable income which is not spent.
letter-SSchedule AIdentification of the property interest insured, the legal description of the insured property, the date and time coverage began, the premium paid for the policy and the total dollar amount to be paid for all claims settled.
letter-SSchedule BExceptions from coverage, both standard and itemized, by the title insurance policy.
letter-SscribingFitting woodwork to an irregular surface.
letter-SsealAn impression made to attest the execution of an instrument.
letter-Sseasoned loanA loan on which the borrower has consistently made payments when due for an extended period of time.
letter-Ssecond homeAn individual's alternative residence where they do not reside a majority of the year.
letter-Ssecondary easementAn easement on a property which abuts a primary easement and allows the user of that easement to further enter upon the property for purposes of maintaining the primary easement.
letter-Ssecondary financingA loan secured by a second mortgage or trust deed on real property. These can be third, fourth, fifth, sixth mortgages or trust deeds, on and on ad infinitum.
letter-Ssecondary mortgage marketA market where mortgages are sold by originators to bundlers who aggregate them into pools which become collateral for bonds sold to investors, called mortgage backed securities (MBS).
letter-SsectionA portion of land is established by government survey which contains 640 acres and is one mile square.
letter-SSection 8 housingA government housing program for low income households which provides qualifying tenants with rent subsidies and minimum habitability standards.
letter-SSection 32 mortgageA consumer mortgage subject to additional disclosures and restrictions due to its high points and fees or an annual percentage rate (APR) or prepayment penalty duration which exceeds thresholds set by the federal Truth in Lending Act (TILA).
letter-SSection 35 mortgageA closed-end consumer mortgage secured by a principal residence and subject to mandatory impounds, appraisal requirements and restrictions due to an annual percentage rate (APR) which exceeds thresholds set by the federal Truth in Lending Act (TILA).
letter-SSection 609 credit disputeA credit repair tactic which disputes outdated and unverifiable derogatory information.
letter-Ssecular stagnationAn abnormally lengthy period of sluggish economic growth.
letter-SSecure and Fair Enforcement for Mortgage Licensing Act (SAFE Act)A federal consumer protection law which created a uniform national licensing and registration scheme for mortgage loan originators (MLOs).
letter-Ssecured loan transactionA mortgage transaction which places a lien on the owner’s interest in a property for the amount of the debt owed the mortgage holder, including financial transactions documented by sellers as sale-leaseback and purchase lease-option arrangements.
letter-Ssecured partyThis is the party having the security interest. Thus the mortgagee, the conditional seller, the pledgee, etc., are all now referred to as the secured party. (Uniform Commercial Code.)
letter-SsecuritizationThe process of Wall Street bankers breaking up mortgage pools into mortgage-backed bonds and selling these bonds to various banks and individual investors.
letter-SsecurityCollateral for a debt in the form of a lien imposed on property, such as a security device, an abstract of a money judgment or tax lien.
letter-Ssecurity agreementAn agreement entered into between a mortgage holder and buyer to grant the mortgage holder additional security in the form of a lien on personal property described in the agreement. [See RPI Form 436]
letter-Ssecurity depositA source of funds to pay tenant obligations owed the landlord on the tenant's default in the rental or lease agreement. [See RPI Form 550 §2.1 and 552 §1.2]
letter-Ssecurity interestA generic term designating the interest held in real estate or personal property by a lender, carryback seller or judgment creditor which is evidenced by either a trust deed, UCC-1 financing statement or abstract of judgment. [See RPI Form 450 and 436-1]
letter-Sseisin (seizin)Possession of real estate by one entitled thereto.
letter-Sself-directed IRAAn individual retirement account which enables the account owner to invest the IRA funds in a broad range of investments such as real estate, giving the owner direct and continuing control over the management of IRA funds.
letter-Sself-helpOne of several enforcement steps taken by a lender when an owner defaults on a post-1996 trust deed, in which the lender takes possession of the property and collects rents nonjudicially.
letter-Ssell phaseThe ideal moment to sell property, characterized by rising prices, monthly decreases in sales volume and a yield spread falling for at least six months.
letter-Sseller financingA note and trust deed executed by a buyer of real estate in favor of the seller for the unpaid portion of the sales price on closing. Also known as an installment sale, credit sale or carryback financing.
letter-Sseller's agentAn agent representing the seller. Also known as a listing agent. [See RPI Form 102]
letter-Sseller's marketA real estate market characterized by high homebuyer demand and low housing inventory.
letter-Sseller's net sheetA document prepared by a seller's agent to disclose the financial consequences of a sale when setting the listing price and on acceptance of a buyer's price in a purchase offer. [See RPI Form 310]
letter-Sseller-may-cancel provisionA purchase agreement provision authorizing the seller to cancel if a specified condition or event does not occur, whether or not the agreement contains a time-essence provision.
letter-Ssenior citizen housingHousing intended for persons 55 or 62 years of age or older.
letter-SseniorsThose over the age of 65.
letter-Sseparate fee agreementAn agreement between the seller and the seller's broker in a sales transaction, separate from the buyer's purchase agreement offer, that obligates the seller to pay a broker fee to their agent.
letter-Sseparate propertyProperty owned by a married person in his or her own right outside of the community interest including property acquired by the spouse (1) before marriage, (2) by gift or inheritance, (3) from rents and profits on separate property, and (4) with the proceeds from other separate property.
letter-Sseparated reportA report issued by a structural pest control company which is divided into Section I items, noting active infestations, and Section II items, noting adverse conditions which may lead to an infestation.
letter-Sseptic tankAn underground tank in which sewage from the house is reduced to liquid by bacterial action and drained off.
letter-Sservice providerAn individual or company which offers services connected with a prospective or actual consumer mortgage origination.
letter-SservicerAn individual responsible for receiving scheduled payments from a homeowner by arrangement with the mortgage holder.
letter-SservicingSupervising and administering a mortgage after its origination, involving collection of payments, maintenance of records, computation of interest and principal, foreclosure of defaulted loans and so on.
letter-Sservicing loansSupervising and administering a loan after it has been made. This involves such things as collecting the payments, keeping accounting records, computing the interest and principal, foreclosure of defaulted loans and so on.
letter-Sservient tenementA property burdened by a license or easement.
letter-Sset asideTo annul by court order a document transferring an interest in real estate.
letter-Sset back ordinanceAn ordinance requiring improvements built on property to be a specified distance from the property line, street or curb.
letter-Ssettlement serviceAny service provided in connection with a prospective or actual consumer mortgage origination.
letter-SseveraltyOwnership by one person.
letter-Sshadow demandThe real estate demand created by potential households whose formation is delayed by poor economic conditions.
letter-Sshadow inventoryThe inventory of properties whose pending release onto the market (e.g., REOs, foreclosures, speculator holdings) will destabilize real estate sales volume and prices.
letter-Sshared appreciation mortgage (SAM)A type of split-rate note calling for the proprty owner to periodically pay interim interest at a fixed rate, and when the balance is due, to further pay the holder of the note as additional interest an agreed fraction of the property’s increased value. [See RPI Form 430]
letter-SshareownersInvestors in real estate investment trusts (REITs) and other securities. Shareowners are subject to the gains and losses experienced by the company issuing the security.
letter-Ssheriff's deedDeed given by court order in connection with sale of property to satisfy a judgment.
letter-Ssheriff's saleA public auction of property held by the sheriff pursuant to a court order to seize and sell the property to satisfy a money judgment.
letter-Sshort payoffA sale in which the lender accepts the net proceeds at closing in full satisfaction of a greater amount of mortgage debt.
letter-Sshort saleA sale of encumbered property in which the mortgage lender accepts the net proceeds at closing in full satisfaction of a greater amount of mortgage debt.
letter-Sshort-term rateA variable interest rate which changes often, driven by Federal Reserve actions to keep inflation and deflation in check.
letter-Ssignage provisionA provision in a nonresidential lease agreement which gives the landlord control over the size, style, content and location of signs constructed or installed on the leased premises.
letter-SsignerAn employee who has written authorization from the broker to withdraw or disburse funds from the trust account.
letter-Ssimple interestInterest computed on the principal amount of a loan only as distinguished from compound interest.
letter-Ssingle agencyThe buyer's agent who is paid their fee on a transaction by their buyer client, and does not fee split or otherwise share in the fee received by the seller's broker.
letter-Ssingle family residenceA housing structure, attached or detached, maintained and used as a single dwelling unit.
letter-Ssinking fundFund set aside from the income from property which, with accrued interest, will eventually pay for replacement of the improvements.
letter-Ssite valuationThe appraised valuation of the ground (site) separate from any structure (improvement) that may be on the site.
letter-Sskin in the gameA risk management measure of a purchaser's stake in an investment, such as a homebuyer's down payment on a home purchase.
letter-Sslander of titleFalse and malicious statements disparaging an owner's title to property resulting in money losses to the owner.
letter-Ssmall claimsAn informal court proceeding for disputes over amounts of $5,000 or less, or $10,000 or less for individuals.
letter-Ssmall lenderA lender with assets of $2.052 billion or less which made 2,000 or fewer first-lien consumer mortgages in the preceding calendar year (two years, for applications received before April 1).
letter-Ssmall lender qualified mortgageA type of qualified mortgage (QM) under Regulation Z (Reg Z) which allows small community mortgage lenders to include features otherwise prohibited in consumer mortgages.
letter-Ssmall mortgageA first trust deed debt not exceeding $30,000 or a junior trust deed debt not exceeding $20,000.
letter-Ssolar easementAn easement restricting an owner's ability to maintain improvements interfering with a neighbor's solar energy system.
letter-Ssole proprietorA broker who conducts business as an individual rather than through a licensed corporate entity.
letter-Sspecial advisorA state-licensed certified public accountant or attorney in good standing appointed by a self-directed IRA LLC operating agreement who will be consulted on a transaction involving the LLC for the purpose of determining whether the transaction is allowed or prohibited.
letter-Sspecial assessmentA lien against real estate by a public authority to pay the cost of public improvements, such as street lights, sidewalks and street improvements. In a common interest subdivision, an additional charge levied by the association for unanticipated repairs.
letter-Sspecial damagesMoney losses not incurred directly from another's breach of a real estate agreement, but which are naturally incurred as a result of the breach. Also known as consequential damages.
letter-SSpecial Information BookletA required Truth in Lending Act (TILA) disclosure containing information about the consumer mortgage process, mortgage features and costs.
letter-Sspecial power of attorneyA written instrument whereby a principal confers limited authority upon an agent to perform certain prescribed acts on behalf of the principal.
letter-Sspecial warranty deedA deed in which the grantor warrants or guarantees the title only against defects arising during grantor's ownership of the property and not against defects existing before the time of grantor's ownership.
letter-Sspecific performance actionAn action to compel performance of an agreement, such as a purchase agreement or assignment of rents.
letter-SspeculatorA real estate investor who owns property short-term, sandwiching themselves between the seller and end user of the property.
letter-Sstacking orderThe order of mortgage application documents requested by a lender.
letter-SstagflationThe economic concurrence of high inflation, slow economic growth and high unemployment. Noted stagflation occurred most recently in the 1970s.
letter-Sstandard depthGenerally the most typical lot depth in the neighborhood.
letter-Sstandby commitmentThe mortgage banker frequently protects a builder by a standby agreement, under which banker agrees to make mortgage loans at an agreed price for many months into the future. The builder deposits a standby fee with the mortgage banker for this service. Frequently, the mortgage broker protects self by securing a standby from a long-term investor for the same period of time, paying a fee for this privilege.
letter-Sstarfish puzzleJust as starfish sprout arms in unpredictable directions, the unpredictability of the direction of new markets during a recovery.
letter-Sstart-up feeA flat, one-time fee charged by a property manager for the time and effort taken to become sufficiently familiar with the operations of the property to commence management.
letter-SState Water Resources Control BoardGovernment entity established to ensure the proper allocation and efficient use of state water resources.
letter-Sstate-licensed mortgage loan originator (MLO)A mortgage loan originator (MLO) licensed and regulated by a state agency.
letter-Sstatement of deficienciesA document a residential landlord presents to a vacating tenant specifying any repairs or cleaning to be completed by the tenant to avoid deductions from the security deposit. [See RPI Form 567-3]
letter-Sstatement of financial positionA balance sheet prepared by a homeowner which lists the dollar amounts of the homeowner’s assets and liabilities. [See RPI Form 209-3]
letter-SStatute of FraudsCalifornia state law requiring specific types of contracts to be in writing and signed by the person to be charged with performance before they will be enforceable by a court, e.g., purchase agreements and lease agreements for a term of more than one year.
letter-Sstatute of limitationsA period of time establishing the deadline for filing a lawsuit to resolve a dispute.
letter-Sstatutory breachA breach of the lease agreement which automatically forfeits the tenant's right of possession.
letter-Sstatutory warranty deedA short term warranty deed which warrants by inference that the seller is the undisputed owner, has the right to convey the property, and will defend the title if necessary. This type of deed protects the purchaser in that the conveyor covenants to defend all claims against the property. If conveyor fails to do so, the new owner can defend said claims and sue the former owner.
letter-Sstay-or-pay clauseAn unenforceable provision calling for the residential tenant to forego a return of their security deposit if they move before a set date.
letter-SsteeringAn unlawful housing practice that includes words or actions by a real estate sales licensee intended to influence the choice of a prospective buyer or tenant. A violation of federal fair housing provision that seek to eliminate discrimination in the sale or rental of housing.
letter-Sstepped-up basisThe readjustment of an appreciated asset’s cost basis to fair market value for future tax purposes when transferred by inheritance.
letter-Ssticky pricingA seller’s irrational reliance on past home pricing as a basis for setting current pricing, called the money illusion.
letter-Sstraight line depreciationA method of depreciation under which improvements are depreciated at a constant rate throughout the estimated useful life of the improvement.
letter-Sstraight noteA note calling for payment of the entire amount of principal and accrued interest in a single lump sum when the principal is due. [See RPI Form 423]
letter-Sstrategic defaultIntentionally defaulting on a mortgage to force the lender to foreclose and buy the property for the mortgage debt amount, called a put.
letter-Sstrict liabilityTo be liable for another's injuries without concern for fault.
letter-Sstrict rent controlA type of rent control ordinance that limits rent increases on all rental units.
letter-SStructural Pest Control report (SPC)A report disclosing any active infestations, damage from infestations or conditions which may lead to infestations.
letter-Ssubaccount ledgerAn accounting document or file identifying the owner of trust funds and the amount held for the owner.
letter-SsubagentAn individual who has been delegated agency duties by the primary agent of the client, not the client themselves.
letter-SSubdivided Lands Act (SLA)A law administered by the California Bureau of Real Estate (CalBRE) which protects purchasers of subdivided land consisting of five-or-more parcels or condominium and apartment projects containing five-or-more units (with exceptions) from fraud.
letter-SSubdivided Lands LawGovernment regulations that empower the Real Estate Commissioner to approve a public report for the sale of property divided and developed by the land owners.
letter-SsubdivisionAn activity by an owner of real estate which divides a greater parcel of land into several separate smaller parcels for the purpose of sale, lease or financing as regulated by law.
letter-SSubdivision Map ActA California subdivision law stating conditions for the approval of a subdivision map and requiring local governments to enact ordinances directly controlling the types of subdivision projects permitted and the physical improvements to be installed.
letter-Ssubject to a mortgageWhen a grantee takes title to real property subject to a mortgage, grantee is not responsible to the holder of the promissory note for the payment of any portion of the amount due. The most that grantee can lose in the event of a foreclosure is grantee's equity in the property. (See also assumption of mortgage.) In neither case is the original maker of the note released from primary responsibility. If liability is to be assumed, the agreement must so state.
letter-Ssubject-to transactionA sale of mortgaged property calling for the buyer to take title subject to the mortgage, the principal balance being credited toward the purchase price paid. Compare with formal assumption. [See RPI Form 156 §5]
letter-SsubleaseA leasehold interest subject to the terms of a master lease.
letter-Ssubmerged stateThe subtle operation of many government social programs that collectively promote or discourage a particular activity, such as homeownership.
letter-SsubordinateTo make subject to, or junior or inferior to by use of a subordination agreement.
letter-SsubordinationThe rearrangement of mortgage lien priorities on title in which a mortgage lien takes a lesser or junior position to another mortgage lien on a property.
letter-Ssubordination agreementAn agreement entered into by a mortgage holder to permit their security interest in title to the mortgaged property to take an inferior position to another encumbrance. [See RPI Form 281]
letter-SsubornationThe act of inducing another person to commit an unlawful act.
letter-SsubpoenaA legal order to cause a witness to appear and give testimony.
letter-SsubprimeIn mortgage lending, a borrower who poses a higher risk of not timely repaying a mortgage, or a mortgage with a high risk of default due to inferior underwriting standards.
letter-Ssubprime borrowerA borrower who poses a higher risk of not repaying a loan as agreed.
letter-Ssubprime mortgageA mortgage made to a borrower based on loose underwriting standards and resulting in a high risk of default.
letter-SsubrogationThe replacement of one person with another in regard to a legal right or obligation.
letter-Ssubscription agreementA form agreement used by a syndicator when soliciting and subscribing investors for cash contributions to a limited liability company (LLC) for investment in real estate, to confirm their receipt and approval of the investment circular and LLC operating agreement, and acknowledge receipt of the funds they contribute and their membership in the LLC. [See RPI Form 373]
letter-SsubsidyThe government support of a particular entity or activity. For homebuyers, these come in the form of tax credits.
letter-Ssubsidy buydownFunds provided usually by the builder or seller to temporarily reduce the borrower's monthly principal and interest payment.
letter-Ssubstituted serviceIn place of personally serving the tenant, the notice is personally delivered to a person of suitable age at the tenant's residence or place of business and is mailed to the leased premises, or posted on and mailed to the premises.
letter-Ssubstitution, principle ofAffirms that the maximum value of a property tends to be set by the cost of acquiring an equally desirable and valuable substitute property, assuming no costly delay is encountered in making the substitution.
letter-Ssuccessor tenantOn a transfer, the new tenant who acquires by assignment the original tenant's entire leasehold interest in the property. [See RPI Form 552 §9]
letter-Ssum of the years digitsAn accelerated depreciation method.
letter-Ssuper-conforming mortgageA conforming loan with a maximum principal amount adjusted for a high-cost area.
letter-Ssuperior court systemCalifornia's trial court system.
letter-Ssupervisory schemePolicies and rules established by the California Bureau of Real Estate controlling a broker's oversight of licensed and unlicensed individuals employed by the broker.
letter-SsupplyThe available inventory a local real estate market is able to offer.
letter-Ssupply and demand, principle ofIn appraising, a valuation principle starting that market value is affected by intersection of supply and demand forces in the market as of the appraisal date.
letter-Ssupra-competitiveA market condition where prices are unfairly set by collusion, preventing others from entering the market and hurting consumers.
letter-SSupreme CourtThe final court for appeals in both the state and federal court systems.
letter-SsuretyOne who guarantees the performance of another Guarantor.
letter-Ssurplus fundsFunds remaining when the price paid for property by the successful bidder at a trustee’s sale exceeds the amount of debt and costs due the foreclosing mortgage holder.
letter-Ssurplus productivity, principle ofThe net income that remains after the proper costs of labor, organization and capital have been paid, which surplus is imputable to the land and tends to fix the value thereof.
letter-SsurrenderA mutual cancellation of a lease agreement by the landlord and the tenant, written or by their conduct, when the tenant vacates the leased premises. [See RPI Form 587]
letter-SsurveyThe process by which a parcel of land is measured and its area is ascertained.
letter-Ssuspended lossesA capital loss incurred as a result of passive activities on a property that is not realized in a given tax year and and carried forward for use in futureyears to offset income or profits from the property incurring the loss.
letter-SsyndicationWhen a group of investors form a limited liability company to fund the purchase price and carrying costs of owning real estate.
letter-SsyndicatorAn individual who solicits cash contributions from investors to fund a limited liability company which will acquire real estate for investment purposes.
letter-Ttake-out loanThe loan arranged by the owner or builder developer for a buyer. The construction loan made for construction of the improvements is usually paid in full from the proceeds of this more permanent mortgage loan.
letter-Ttargeted transactionA transaction type subject to the rules of a particular legal code or regulation.
letter-TtaxEnforced charge exacted of persons, corporations and organizations by the government to be used to support government services and programs.
letter-Ttax deductionsExpenses related to real estate ownership that may be deducted from income for purposes of income tax reporting.
letter-Ttax deedThe deed given to a purchaser at a public sale of land held for nonpayment of taxes. It conveys to the purchaser only such title as the defaulting taxpayer had.
letter-Ttax foreclosure saleThe sale of a property by the County Tax Collector to pay unpaid property taxes.
letter-Ttax saleSale of property after a period of nonpayment of taxes.
letter-Ttax-free exchangeThe trade or exchange of one real property for another without the need to pay income taxes on the gain at the time of trade.
letter-Tteaser rateA temporary, low introductory interest rate found in some adjustable rate mortgages.
letter-Ttemporary qualified mortgageA transitional qualified mortgage (QM) under Regulation Z (Reg Z) for lenders originating mortgages insured or guaranteed by the federal government or sold to Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac.
letter-Ttenancy-at-sufferanceA leasehold condition created when a tenant retains possession of the rented premises after the tenancy has terminated. [See RPI Form 550 §3.3]
letter-Ttenancy-at-willA leasehold interest granted to a tenant, with no fixed duration or rent owed. A tenancy-at-will can be terminated at any time by an advance notice from either party.
letter-TtenantThe party who has legal possession and use of real property belonging to another.
letter-TTenant Estoppel Certificate (TEC)A statement which summarizes the monetary and possessory terms of a lease agreement, and whether the landlord and tenant have fully performed their obligations. [See RPI Form 598]
letter-Ttenant improvementsImprovements made to a leased property to meet the needs of the occupying tenant. [See RPI Form 552 §11]
letter-Ttenant improvements and alterations clauseA clause in a nonresidential lease agreement which specifies the tenant's right to make alterations or further improve the premises during the tenancy. [See RPI Form 552 §11]
letter-Ttenant lease worksheetA document the leasing agent uses to analyze the tenant's current financial condition and needs for leased space. [See RPI Form 555]
letter-Ttenant-initiated recovery procedureThe recovery process initiated by a tenant to retrieve personal property from a landlord within 18 days after vacating rental property. [See RPI Form 582]
letter-Ttenant-mitigation provisionA provision in a nonresidential lease agreement allowing the landlord to leave the tenant's leasehold and the lease agreement intact on the tenant's breach, and then recover rent from the tenant for the life of the lease without the landlord first taking steps to mitigate losses. [See RPI Form 552 §21.1]
letter-Ttenants by the entiretiesUnder certain state laws, ownership of property acquired by a husband and wife during marriage, which property is jointly and equally owned. Upon death of one spouse it becomes the property of the survivor.
letter-Ttenants in common (TIC)Co-ownership of real estate by two or more persons who each hold equal or unequal undivided interest, without the right of survivorship.
letter-Ttenants-by-foreclosureFormer homeowners who were forced out of their homes by foreclosure in the wake of the 2008 recession, now employed but in need of housing and forced to rent.
letter-TtenderTo make an offer.
letter-TtenementA freehold interest in land and things immovable located on the land.
letter-Ttentative mapThe Subdivision Map Act requires subdividers to submit initially a tentative map of their tract to the local planning commission for study. The approval or disapproval of the planning commission is noted on the map. Thereafter, a final map of the tract embodying any changes requested by the planning commission is required to be filed with the planning commission.
letter-Ttenure in landThe mode or manner by which an estate in lands is held. All rights and title rest with owner.
letter-Ttenure paymentA home equity conversion mortgage (HECM) payment option in which the homeowner receives equal monthly payments until they die or sell the property.
letter-Tterm paymentA home equity conversion mortgage (HECM) payment option in which the homeowner receives equal monthly payments for a fixed period of time.
letter-TterminationThe cancellation of a transaction before escrow has closed or a lease has ended.
letter-Ttermination-of-agency clauseA provision in an exclusive listing agreement which calls for a broker fee to be earned and payable when the client cancels the employment without cause. [See RPI Form 102 §3.1(c), 103 §4.1(b) and 110 §3.1(c)]
letter-Ttermite shieldA shield, usually of noncorrodible metal, placed on top of the foundation wall or around pipes to prevent passage of termites.
letter-TtermitesAnt-like insects which feed on wood and are highly destructive to wooden structures.
letter-TtestatorOne who makes a will.
letter-TThe Civil Rights Acts of 1866 and 1870Federal prohibitions against racial discrimination on all types of real estate.
letter-TThe Federal Reserve Bank (the Fed)The central bank in control of regulating the U.S. financial and monetary system.
letter-Tthird partyPersons who are not parties to a contract which affects an interest they have in the object of the contract.
letter-Tthird party beneficiaryA person for whose benefit two other persons place a provision in an agreement, such as a provision for payment of broker fees.
letter-Tthree Cs of underwritingThe three major components of a mortgage applicant reviewed by an underwriter: credit, capacity and collateral.
letter-TthresholdA strip of wood or metal beveled on each edge and used above the finished floor under outside doors.
letter-Tthreshold brokerA private lender in the business of making mortgages, or a mortgage broker who annually negotiates services an aggregate dollar amount of mortgages above a statutory threshold.
letter-TtidelandsLands that are covered and uncovered by the ebb and flow of the tide.
letter-Ttime-essence provisionA purchase agreement provision declaring that dates for performance of any activity or occurrence of an event are to be strictly enforced as essential to the continuation of the transaction.
letter-Ttime-share estateA right of occupancy in a time-share project (subdivision) which is coupled with an estate in the real property.
letter-Ttime-share projectA form of subdivision of real property into rights to the recurrent, exclusive use or occupancy of a lot, parcel, unit, or segment of real property, on an annual or some other periodic basis, for a specified period of time.
letter-Ttime-share useA license or contractual or membership right of occupancy in a timeshare project which is not coupled with an estate in the real property.
letter-TtitleIndicates fee position of lawful ownership and right to property. Bundle of Rights possessed by an owner. Combination of all elements constituting proof of ownership.
letter-Ttitle conditionsEncumbrances such as liens, conditions, covenants and restrictions and easements which affect title to property.
letter-Ttitle insuranceA form of indemnity insurance by which a title insurance company holds harmless a person who acquires an interest in real estate against a monetary loss caused by an encumbrance on title that is not listed in the policy and the insured was unaware of when the policy was issued.
letter-Ttitle reportA report which discloses the condition of the title, made by a title company preliminary as a revocable offer to issue title insurance policy.
letter-Ttitle theoryMortgage arrangement whereby title to mortgaged real property vests in the lender. Some states give greater protection to mortgage lenders and assume lenders have title interest. Distinguished from Lien Theory States.
letter-TtoleranceAcceptable ranges of deviation for changes to fees and amounts disclosed on a Loan Estimate, set by type of charge.
letter-TtopographyNature of the surface of land; topography may be level, rolling, mountainous. Variation in earth's surface.
letter-Ttorrens titleSystem of title records provided by state law (no longer used in California).
letter-TtortAny wrongful act (not involving a breach of contract) for which a civil section will lie for the person wronged.
letter-TtownhouseOne of a row of houses usually of the same or similar design with common side walls or with a very narrow space between adjacent side walls.
letter-TtownshipIn the survey of public lands of the United States, a territorial subdivision six miles long, six miles wide and containing 36 sections, each one mile square, located between two range lines and two township lines.
letter-Ttrade fixtureA fixture used to render services or make products for the trade or business of a tenant.
letter-Ttrade or business incomeIncome, profits and losses from the taxpayer's trade or owner-operated business, resale inventory and real estate used in the trade or business.
letter-Ttrade-inAn increasingly popular method of guaranteeing an owner a minimum amount of cash on sale of owner's present property to permit owner to purchase another. If the property is not sold within a specified time at the listed price, the broker agrees to arrange financing to personally purchase the property at an agreed upon discount.
letter-TtranchesBonds issued by investment pools divided into various levels of risk, reward and rate of maturity.
letter-Ttransaction agent (TA)The term lenders use to identify the buyer’s agent in a sales transaction.
letter-Ttransaction coordinatorA licensed or unlicensed individual hired to assist an agent or broker to process documents, contracts and disclosures in a real estate file.
letter-TtransferAny assignment, sublease or further encumbrance of the leasehold by the tenant. [See RPI Form 552 §9]
letter-TTransfer Disclosure Statement (TDS)A condition of property report prepared by a seller and voluntarily delivered to prospective buyers which lists property defects known or suspected to exist by the seller and the seller’s agent. [See RPI Form 304]
letter-Ttransfer feeA charge made by a lending institution holding or collecting on a real estate mortgage to change its records to reflect a different ownership.
letter-Ttransient occupancyThe occupancy of a vacation property, hotel, motel, inn, boarding house, lodging house, tourist home or similar sleeping accommodation for a period of 30 days or less. [See RPI Form 593]
letter-Ttransitional licenseA provisional mortgage loan originator (MLO) license which allows an MLO moving to another state to perform MLO services for a short period of time while they fulfill requirements to obtain an MLO license in the new state.
letter-TtransmutationThe transfer of property between separate property and community property or between the separate property interests owned by spouses.
letter-TTreasury Bills (T-Bills)Government securitized debt instruments. T-bills are sold to the public, member banks and other financial institutions.
letter-Ttreble damagesA usury penalty computed at three times the total interest paid by the borrower during the one year period immediately preceding their filing of an action on a nonexempt private lender mortgage.
letter-TtrespassAny wrongful and unauthorized entry onto real estate in the possession of another.
letter-TtrespasserA person who occupies a property without the owner's transfer of the right to occupy.
letter-Ttrial courtsCourts which hear and decide the facts of a case and apply the proper rules of law to resolve the dispute.
letter-Ttrickle-down economicsThe economic theory suggesting that an increase in the strength of the wealthy leads to an increase in the well-being of lower classes.
letter-Ttriggering termsWords and phrases in consumer mortgage advertisements which trigger the need for additional disclosures.
letter-Ttriple net leaseA commercial lease which passes the responsibility for all costs and maintenance of the property to the tenant. [See RPI Form 552-2 and 552-3]
letter-Ttrust accountAn account separate and apart and physically segregated from a broker's own funds, in which the broker is required by law to deposit all funds received for clients.
letter-Ttrust deedA security device which attaches a money obligation as an encumbrance on a marketable interest in real estate. [See RPI Form 450]
letter-Ttrust fundsItems which have or evidence monetary value held by a broker for a client when acting in a real estate transaction.
letter-TtrusteeOne who holds naked title to real estate in trust for the benefit of another.
letter-Ttrustee (on a mortgage)A party to a mortgage who, as a legal fiction, holds title to property as security for the performance of an obligation with the authority to sell the property or reconvey the trust deed on instructions from the mortgage holder.
letter-Ttrustee's sale guaranteeA policy issued by a title insurance company to a trustee before or at the time the notice of default (NOD) is recorded providing coverage for the trustee should they fail to serve notices on any party of record due to an omission in the guarantee.
letter-TtrustorOne who borrows money secured by a trust deed and authorizes a trustee to either release the trust deed lien from title when the obligations under the trust deed have been fully performed, or sell the property to satisfy the trust deed obligations on declaration of a default by the trust deed holder.
letter-Ttrustor's offset statementStatement by owner of property or owner of lien against property setting forth the present status of liens against said property.
letter-TTruth in Lending Act (TILA)A federal consumer mortgage law which controls the terms of a consumer mortgage and requires lenders to disclose mortgage rates and charges.
letter-Tturnover rateThe percentage of households relocating each year, whether from rentals or ownership.
letter-Ttwo-year right of recission (equity purchase)A seller-in-foreclosure's right to rescind a closed equity purchase transaction when the equity purchase investor exploits an unconscionable advantage during negotiations to acquire the property.
letter-UU.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) automaticA lender authorized to certify a mortgage conforms to U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) regulations.
letter-UU.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) mortgage guaranteeA program that assists qualified veterans or their surviving spouses to buy a home with zero down payment. [See RPI Form 153]
letter-Uunconscionable advantageWhen an equity purchase investor or a mortgage holder exploits an element of oppression, helplessness or surprise to exact unreasonably favorable terms from a property owner or tenant.
letter-UunderemploymentWhen hours worked each week are cut, resulting in a lower-than-normal income.
letter-UunderimprovementAn improvement which, because of its deficiency in size or cost, is not the highest and best use of the site.
letter-UunderwritingThe analysis of the risk of default posed by the information in a complete mortgage application and documentation.
letter-Uundocumented immigrantAn individual who enters a country without the approval of that country.
letter-Uundue influenceUse of a fiduciary or confidential relationship to obtain a fraudulent or unfair advantage over another's weakness of mind, or distress or necessity.
letter-Uunearned incrementAn increase in value of real estate due to no effort on the part of the owner; often due to increase in population.
letter-Uunearned incremental increaseAn increase in the value of the property due to outside influences separate from any action by the property owner.
letter-UunemploymentWhen an employee loses their job, resulting in no income.
letter-UunenforceableA contract that cannot be enforced in court of law.
letter-Uuniform commercial codeEstablishes a unified and comprehensive method for regulation of security transactions in personal property, superseding the existing statutes on chattel mortgages, conditional sales, trust receipts, assignment of accounts receivable and others in this field.
letter-UUniform Residential Loan Application (URLA)A standardized mortgage application prepared by the buyer with the assistance of the transaction agent (TA) and the lender’s representative. [See RPI Form 202]
letter-UUniform State Test (UST)A standardized test fulfilling both national and state components of the mortgage loan originator (MLO) exam.
letter-Uunilateral cancellationA situation under a purchase agreement when one party acting alone terminates the agreement, eliminating the requirement for the buyer and seller to perform on the terms stated.
letter-Uunilateral employment agreementAn oral or written employment agreement obligating the broker to use their best-efforts to fulfill the client's real estate goals without imposing a due diligence duty on the broker until a match is located, commonly called an open listing.
letter-Uunilateral fee instructionsInstructions signed only by the seller which authorize escrow to pay the broker fee from their net proceeds of the sale.
letter-Uunit-in-place methodThe cost of erecting a building by estimating the cost of each component part, i.e., foundations, floors, walls, windows, ceilings, roofs, etc., (including labor and overhead).
letter-Uuniversal homeownershipThe idea that everyone can and should be able to own a home. Similar to the American Dream policy.
letter-Uunknown and unsuspected claimsClaims unknown to the parties which are later established and pursued after entering into a general release.
letter-Uunlawful detainer (UD)The unlawful possession of a property. [See RPI Form 575 -578]
letter-Uunlicensed activitiesActivities performed by unlicensed assistants, such as clerical work which does not relate to the communication of information such as price and terms of a sale with potential buyers and sellers.
letter-Uunlicensed assistantAn individual hired by a broker to perform nondiscretionary administrative activities that do not require a license, such as reviewing documents or helping at an open house, on behalf of the employing broker or their agents. [See RPI Form 507]
letter-Uunrelated debt financed incomeTaxable income on the portion of income and profit realized from ownership of debt leveraged real estate by a self-directed IRA LLC.
letter-UUnruh Civil Rights ActA California law which prohibits discrimination by a business establishment based on sex, race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, disability or medical condition. A real estate practice is a business establishment.
letter-Uunsecured debtA mortgage balance remaining unpaid following reconveyance of property subject to a trust deed, exhaustion of the security by foreclosure of a prior lien or errors in the principal amount of a mortgage debt in a beneficiary statement or payoff demand.
letter-Uunsecured noteA document evidencing a debt owed by one person to another where the debt is not secured by collateral, also called an unsecured promissory note. [See RPI Form 424]
letter-Uunusable creditFreddie Mac’s designation of credit other than usable credit, e.g., nontraditional debt.
letter-UupchargingThe practice of marking up the price of a third-party service and keeping the difference.
letter-Uurban propertyCity property; closely settled property.
letter-Uusable creditFreddie Mac’s designation that an applicant has enough accurate traditional credit history to generate a valid credit score.
letter-Uuse licenseThe grant of a personal privilege to use property with no right to occupy or exclude others.
letter-Uuse-maintenance provisionA provision in a commercial lease agreement which establishes the landlord's and tenant's responsibility for the care and maintenance of the premises during the lease term. [See RPI Form 552 §7.1]
letter-Uuse-of-premises provisionA provision contained in a nonresidential lease agreement which establishes the single specified purpose for the tenant's use of the leased premises. [See RPI Form 552 §6]
letter-Uusufructuary rightThe right to reasonable use of water subject to changing circumstances controlling the use of water.
letter-UusuryA limit on the lender’s interest rate yield on non-exempt real estate mortgages.
letter-UutilitiesRefers to services rendered by public utility companies, such as - water, gas, electricity, telephone, cable, internet.
letter-UutilityThe ability to give satisfaction and/or excite desire for possession. An element of value.
letter-VVA assumption feeA fee of 0.5% of a VA loan, assumed by the buyer of a VA-guaranteed single family residence (SFR) upon closing.
letter-VVA loanA loan made to qualified veterans for the purchase of real property wherein the Department of Veteran's Affairs guarantees the lender payment of the mortgage.
letter-Vvacancy decontrolA type of rent control ordinance that applies rent ceilings only to existing tenants.
letter-Vvacancy rateThe percentage of a building's space that is not rented over a given period.
letter-VvalidHaving force, or binding force; legally sufficient and authorized by law.
letter-VvalleyThe internal angle formed by the junction of two sloping sides of a roof.
letter-VvaluationEstimated worth or price. Estimation. The act of valuing by appraisal.
letter-VvalueThe present worth stated in dollars of the future benefits arising out of the ownership of a property.
letter-Vvariable interest rate (vlrs or vmrs, variable mortgage rates.)An interest rate in a real estate loan which by the terms of the note varies upward and downward over the term of the loan depending on money market conditions.
letter-VvendeeA buyer under a land sales contract.
letter-VvendorA seller under a land sales contract.
letter-Vvendor's lienAn unrecorded interest on title to property sold granting the seller the right to foreclose on the property when the buyer defaults on payment of remaining amounts owed on the purchase price.
letter-VveneerThin sheets of wood.
letter-VvenueThe physical location of the court which has jurisdiction and the correct forum to hear a dispute.
letter-VverificationSworn statement before a duly qualified officer to correctness of contents of an instrument.
letter-VvestedBestowed upon someone; secured by someone, such as title to property.
letter-VvestingA method of holding title to real estate, including tenancy in common, joint tenancy, community property and community property with the right of survivorship.
letter-Vvicious economic cycleThe economic climate in which growth slows after a boom, causing property owners to lose when selling (referred to as a buyer’s market).
letter-Vvirtuous cycleThe economic climate during a period of growth, in which property owners gain by selling (referred to as a seller's market).
letter-Vvisual inspectionAn inspection of a listed property performed by the seller's agent and undertaken to observe defects to be noted on a condition of property disclosure, called the Transfer Disclosure Statement (TDS).
letter-VvoidTo have no force or effect; that which is unenforceable.
letter-Vvoid deedA deed that is unenforceable and conveys no interest in real estate.
letter-Vvoidable contractThat which is capable of being adjudged void, but is not void unless action is taken to make it so.
letter-Vvoidable deedA deed that is valid and enforceable until it is challenged due to a defect and declared invalid by a court order.
letter-VVolcker RuleA section of the Dodd-Frank Act authorizing limits on specific types of speculative bets placed by commercial banks using consumer deposits.
letter-Vvoluntary lienAny lien placed on property with consent of, or as a result of, the voluntary act of the owner.
letter-WwainscotingWood lining of an interior wall; lower section of a wall when finished differently from the upper part.
letter-WwaiveTo relinquish, or abandon; to forego a right to enforce or require something.
letter-WwaiverA mortgage holder's consent to forego a right to enforce a provision or agreement.
letter-Wwaiver agreementAn agreement in which a mortgage holder consents to the owner’s present or future transfer of an interest in the mortgaged property as a waiver of the mortgage holder’s due-on rights. Also known as an assumption agreement. [See RPI Form 431 and 432]
letter-Wwarehouse lenderA lender who funds a mortgage under an agreement to immediately resell the mortgage in the secondary mortgage market.
letter-WwarehousingMortgages held by loan brokers until they are bundled with other mortgages and sold on the secondary mortgage markets.
letter-Wwarranty deedA deed used to convey real property which contains warranties of title and quiet possession, and the grantor thus agrees to defend the premises against the lawful claims of third persons. It is commonly used in many states but in others the grant deed has supplanted it due to the modern practice of securing title insurance policies which have reduced the importance of express and implied warranty in deeds.
letter-Wwarranty of authorityA representation by an agent to third persons that the agent has and is acting within the scope of authority conferred by his or her principal.
letter-WwasteThe intentional destruction or neglect of property which diminishes its value. [See RPI Form 550 §6.8 and 552 §7.4]
letter-Wwaste provisionA provision in a lease agreement in which the tenant agrees not to destroy, damage or remove any part of the leased premises. [See RPI Form 552 §7.4]
letter-Wwater tableDistance from surface of ground to a depth at which natural groundwater is found.
letter-Wwaterbed addendumAn addendum to a rental or lease agreement setting the additional security deposit and insurance coverage the tenant will provide the landlord to keep a waterbed on the premises. [See RPI Form 564]
letter-Wwatered stockA condition that occurs when the dollar value of the investors' percentage of ownership on closing will be less than the down payment they have funded to acquire an investment property.
letter-Wwear and tearDepreciation of an asset due to ordinary usage.
letter-Wwild documentA document outside of the chain of title, such as one created through forgery.
letter-WwillA written, legal declaration of a person expressing his or her desires for the disposition of that person's property after his or her death.
letter-Wwithdrawal-from-sale clauseA provision in an exclusive listing agreement which calls for a broker fee to be earned and payable when the seller withdraws the property from sale, makes the property unmarketable, transfers ownership or, without the broker's consent, further leases the property. [See RPI Form 102 §3.1(b)]
letter-Wwrap around mortgageA subordinate financing (security) device by which a lender assumes responsibility to make payments on existing trust deed(s) on a property of a borrower, the mortgage note received by the lender having a dollar face amount in the sum of the principle outstanding on the existing trust deed(s) and the additional amount funded by the lender. An all-inclusive mortgage, all-inclusive trust deed note, or land sales contract.
letter-YyardA unit of measurement 3 feet long.
letter-YyieldThe interest earned by an investor on an investment (or by a bank on the money it has loaned). Also, called return.
letter-Yyield rateThe yield expressed as a percentage of the total investment. Also, called rate of return.
letter-Yyield spreadThe difference between the 10-year Treasury Note rate and the 3-month Treasury Bill rate, forecasting economic conditions one year forward.
letter-Zzero ability to pay (ZAP)The household financial situation where a mortgage debt commitment when coupled with other necessities exceeds disposable income.
letter-Zzero lower bound interest ratesEconomic conditions characterized by a very low nominal interest rate. As the interest rate is at or near zero, the Federal Reserve (the Fed) cannot lower it further to stimulate the economy without going negative.
letter-ZzoneThe area set off by the proper authorities for specific use; an area subject to certain restrictions or restraints.
letter-ZzoningBuilding and land use restrictions enacted by local policy makers to ensure a consistent flow of improvements to meet the demand of population growth.