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  1. Seller-Paid Points

    Any points paid by the seller of a home for the buyer. Seller-paid points are always deducted by the purchaser of the home. ...
  2. Seller-Financed Sale

    A transaction where the seller also acts as the lender to the buyer. Seller-financed sales thereby eliminate third-party ...
  3. Reverse Exchange

    A type of property exchange wherein the replacement property is acquired first, and then the current property is traded away. ...
  4. Restrictive Covenant

    Any type of agreement that requires the buyer to either take or abstain from a specific action. In real estate transactions, ...
  5. Foreclosure Prevention Act of 2008

    A housing act that is designed to help families keep homes that are facing foreclosure and stabilize the overall housing ...
  6. Shared Equity Finance Agreements

    When two parties purchase a primary residence because one party is unable to purchase the residence on its own. In a shared ...
  7. For Sale By Owner - FSBO

    A method of selling property without the use of an agent or broker. Generally, the reason that the seller does not use the ...
  8. REX Agreement

    An alternative to a home equity line of credit (HELOC) and refinancing that allows homeowners to access the equity in their ...
  9. Short Refinance

    The refinancing of a mortgage by a lender for a borrower currently in default on his or her payments. This is done to avoid ...
  10. Serious Delinquency

    When a single-family mortgage is 90 days (or more) past due and the bank considers the mortgage in danger of default. Once ...
  11. Judicial Foreclosure

    Foreclosure proceedings in which a mortgage lacks the power of sale clause. In such an instance, many states require the ...
  12. Hard Money Loan

    A loan of "last resort" or a short-term bridge loan. Hard money loans are backed by the value of the property, not by the ...
  13. Deed In Lieu Of Foreclosure

    A potential option taken by a mortgagor (a borrower) to avoid foreclosure under which the mortgagor deeds the collateral ...
  14. Cash-Out Refinance

    A mortgage refinancing transaction in which the new mortgage amount is greater than the existing mortgage amount, plus loan ...
  15. Interest-Only ARM

    An adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) with an initial interest-only payment period. During the interest-only period, only the ...
  16. Home Equity Line Of Credit - HELOC

    A line of credit extended to a homeowner that uses the borrower's home as collateral. Once a maximum loan balance is established, ...
  17. Home Equity

    The value of ownership built up in a home or property that represents the current market value of the house less any remaining ...
  18. Negative Equity

    When the value of an asset falls below the outstanding balance on the loan used to purchase that asset. Negative equity is ...
  19. Home Modification

    Alterations made to a home to meet the needs of people with physical limitations so they can live independently (to some ...
  20. Stripper

    Slang for an individual homeowner who strips the equity out of his or her home through mortgage refinancing. The proceeds ...
  21. Distressed Sale

    When property, stocks or other assets are sold in an urgent manner, often at a loss. Distressed sales often occur at a loss ...
  22. Principal Residence

    The primary location that a person inhabits. It doesn't matter whether it is a house, apartment, trailer or boat, as long ...
  23. Real Estate Mortgage Investment Conduits - REMIC

    A complex pool of mortgage securities created for the purpose of acquiring collateral. This base is then divided into varying ...
  24. Realtor

    A real estate professional who is a member of the National Association of Realtors, a professional association. Realtors ...
  25. Open Listing

    A property listing that uses multiple real estate agents in order to sell it and get it off the market. With an open listing, ...
  26. Main Home

    A term used by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to define the home a taxpayer has lived in most of the time during a given ...
  27. First-Time Home Buyer

    An individual who is purchasing a principal residence for the first time. First-time home buyers are more commonly recognized ...
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