Real Estate Glossary (Part 2 of 10)

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Brief Definition of Terms

In the real estate industry, you will discover terms (jargon) that you've never heard before.  What do they really mean?  Here's a list that will guide consumers to understand terms commonly used in the real estate industry.


A person who is licensed to act on behalf of another person. For example, a real estate broker.

Building Inspection


An inspection of a property on behalf of a buyer in which defects are identified. Usually performed by a licensed home inspector. The buyer may have the right to cancel the sale if he does not like the building inspector’s report.


In a sales contract, the person who arranges to pay the sales price and takes ownership of the property.

Buyer’s Agent

A real estate licensee who represents the buyer in a transaction. Also known as a Buyer Broker.


The highest limit of the interest rate on an Adjustable Rate Mortgage (ARM).

Closing Costs

Dollar amounts which the seller and buyer must pay in a real estate sale. May include appraisal, title policy, property inspection, brokerage commissions, recording fees, loan points, and credit check fees. May equal approximately 10 percent of the property sales price.

Covenants, Codes, & Restrictions (CC&R)

Rules and regulations which apply to a certain property. It can limit things such as what color the house can be painted. Usually found on condos, PUDs, and homes in newer developments.


Property which is held for payment of a debt. In a real estate loan, the lender holds a deed of trust against the property.

Community Property

Property accumulated through joint efforts of husband and wife and owned by them in equal shares. Husband and wife must agree to all real estate transactions involving community property. Also, a way of holding legal title.

Comparables (comps)


Properties which are similar to a certain unit being compared. Appraisers find comparable properties to arrive at an estimate of the property being appraised.

Disclaimer: Not intended as legal advice.

Consult your real estate attorney regarding your specific situation.


Check-out real estate glossary of terms (series) here:

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Regina P. Brown
Broker, Realtor®, M.B.A., e-Pro, GREEN
California DRE # 00983670


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