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  1. Vendor Take-Back Mortgage

    A type of mortgage in which the buyer borrows funds from the seller purchase of the property.
  2. Participation Mortgage

    A participation mortgage allows the lender to share in part of the income or resale proceeds of a property, becoming an equity ...
  3. Convertible ARM

    A convertible ARM is an adjustable rate mortgage with the option to convert to a fixed-rate mortgage after a specified period ...
  4. Deficiency Judgment

    A deficiency judgment is a court ruling against a debtor in default on a secured loan when the sale of property did not cover ...
  5. Take-Out Commitment

    A take-out commitment guarantees a bank will issue a mortgage for a property after construction, allowing the developer to ...
  6. Mortgage broker versus direct lenders: Which is best?

    Understand what are the key differences between mortgage brokers and direct lenders. Learn which one fit best with your lending ...
  7. Flipping houses: Is it better than the buy-and-hold strategy?

    Understand how a real estate investors can choose flipping or buying and holding a property. Find out the pros and cons and ...
  8. What do real estate attorneys do?

    Understand the role of a real estate attorney to help you decide if you would benefit from the expertise of this type of ...
  9. Price Level Adjusted Mortgage - PLAM

    A price level adjusted mortgage is a graduated-payment mortgage where the lender continually revises the homebuyer's principal ...
  10. 2/28 Adjustable-Rate Mortgage - 2/28 ARM

    A 2/28 adjustable-rate mortgage has an initial two-year fixed interest rate period, after which the rate floats based on ...
  11. Nonconforming Mortgage

    A nonconforming mortgage is one that cannot be sold by a bank to Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac. The most common reason is a mortgage ...
  12. No Cash-Out Refinance

    A no cash-out refinance refers to the refinancing of an existing mortgage for an amount equal to or less than the existing ...
  13. 80-10-10 Mortgage

    An 80-10-10 mortgage "piggybacks" a 10 percent home equity loan on top of a conventional 80 percent mortgage, leaving a 1 ...
  14. The Pros and Cons with 5 Types of Ownership in Real Property Titles

    Real property like real estates or automobiles is titled to convey ownership. Find out the advantages and disadvantages of ...
  15. Reverse Mortgage Net Principal Limit

    Reverse mortgage net principal limit is the amount of money a reverse mortgage borrower can receive from the loan once it ...
  16. When (and When Not) to Refinance Your Mortgage

    There are both good and bad reasons to refinance. Learn more about both here.
  17. Bullet Loan

    A bullet loan is any loan that requires a balloon payment at the end of the term.
  18. Piggyback Mortgage

    A piggyback mortgage can include any additional mortgage loan beyond a borrower’s first mortgage loan that is secured with ...
  19. How to stage your home for a quick sale

    Learn how to make your house appealing to the largest number of buyers and increase your chances to sell it fast. Find out ...
  20. Notice of Default

    Notice of default is a public notice filed with a court stating that a mortgage borrower is in default on a loan. This is ...
  21. Defeasance Clause

    A defeasance clause is a mortgage provision indicating that the borrower will be given the title to the property once all ...
  22. Total Housing Expense

    Total housing expense is the sum of a homeowner's monthly mortgage principal and interest payments plus any other monthly ...
  23. Reverse Mortgage

    A reverse mortgage is a type of mortgage in which no repayment of the mortgage is required until the borrower dies or the ...
  24. Nontraditional Mortgage

    Nontraditional mortgage is a broad term describing mortgages that do not have standard conventional characteristics.
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    Got a small budget? Here are some investing tips.
  26. 6 Steps to Becoming a Real Estate Agent

    Get a head start in the real estate business by following these six steps.
  27. Market

    A market is a medium allowing buyers and sellers of a specific good or service to interact in order to facilitate an exchange.
  28. Reproduction Cost

    Reproduction cost refers to the costs involved with reproducing an asset or property with same specifications as insured ...
  29. All-In Coverage

    All-in coverage is a type of insurance coverage that applies to communal features in residential multi-family and structures ...
  30. Additional Living Expense (ALE) Insurance

    Additional living expense insurance covers additional costs of living incurred by the policyholder if temporarily displaced ...
  31. Workers' Compensation Coverage B

    Workers' Compensation Coverage B is an insurance policy that covers medical care, lost income and rehabilitation costs for ...
  32. Direct Writer

    A direct writer is a captive agent that only issues insurance policies from a specific insurance company.
  33. Loss Settlement Amount

    Loss settlement amount is a term used to denote the amount of a homeowner's insurance settlement.
  34. Do real estate agents need a degree?

    A career in real estate often leads to great opportunities. Find out what are the kind of education and training a real estate ...
  35. Five New Home Hidden Costs That Burn HomeBuyers

    Many homebuyers don't realize that new homes often have numerous hidden costs. Find out what the hidden costs are and how ...
  36. Owners' Equivalent Rent (OER)

    Owners’ equivalent rent (OER) is the amount of rent that would need to be paid to substitute a currently owned house as a ...
  37. Choosing Between a Condo, Townhouse and House

    Each type of housing, condos, townhouses and detached houses, has pros and cons. Consider lifestyle and budget when planning ...
  38. Building And Personal Property Coverage Form

    A building and personal property coverage form is a type of business insurance coverage for physical damage or loss to commercial ...
  39. Chain Of Title

    Chain of title is the official ownership record of a property or asset.
  40. Catastrophe Reinsurance

    Catastrophe reinsurance is purchased by an insurance company to reduce its exposure to the financial risks associated with ...
  41. The Role of an Asset Manager in the Real Estate Market

    Find out what role asset managers play in the real estate markets. Learn how real estate portfolios are selected and why ...
  42. Shadow Inventory

    Shadow inventory refers to real estate that owners plan to sell but are delaying putting on the market.
  43. Zombie Title

    A zombie title is a title that remains with a homeowner who believes he or she has lost the property to foreclosure.
  44. Silent Second Mortgage

    A silent second mortgage is a second mortgage placed on an asset for down payment funds that is not disclosed to the original ...
  45. Abandonment Clause

    An abandonment clause in a property insurance contract permits the property owner to abandon lost or damaged property and ...
  46. Entity-Purchase Agreement

    An entity-purchase agreement is a type of business succession plan used by companies that have more than one owner.
  47. Homebuyer's Guide: Top 6 Things Every Real Estate Pro Knows

    Before buying a home, learn the top six most important things that every real estate pros know before selling a home. Find ...
  48. A day in the life of a real estate agent

    There are no set hours and no set days. While every day is unique for a real estate agent, there are some activities that ...
  49. Ultimate Net Loss

    Ultimate net loss is a party's total financial obligation when an insured event occurs.
  50. Fixed-Rate Mortgage

    A fixed-rate mortgage is a mortgage loan that has a fixed interest rate for the entire term of the loan.
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