Talk the Talk- Real Estate Acronyms and Abbreviations

Real Estate Agent with Southern Homes of The Carolinas - The Powell Team NC License# 202938

My buyer agent, Kristen Houston,  asked me to share this on my Active Rain Blog.  We hope you find this to be useful information.


Talk the Talk

Real Estate Acronyms and Abbreviations

By Kristen Houston - The Powell Team


Knowing the lingo is important when buying or selling your home.  Many real estate agents are so used to using acronyms in every transaction that they forget most people have no idea what they are referring to.  In addition, recent federal updates to settlement and closing procedures have changed many of the standard documents.  So you may hear different people you are working with {lender, real estate agent, closing attorney, etc.} use a mixture of old and new terms throughout your transaction.


Here are some acronyms that you will most like hear in reference to loan application, settlement and closings:

CFPB: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

TILA: Truth in Lending Act

RESPA: Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act

TRID: TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure

HUD: Department of Housing and Urban Development

            HUD-1 Settlement Statement **Still used in cash transactions**

CD: Closing Disclosure **Replaced HUD-1 Settlement Statement in financed residential transactions**

            BCD: Buyer Closing Disclosure

            SCD: Seller Closing Disclosure

ALTA: American Land Title Association

            ALTA Settlement Statement – Combined

GFE: Good Faith Estimate

LE: Loan Estimate  **Replaced Good Faith Estimate**


Types of financing:

FHA: Federal Housing Administration

VA: Veterans Administration

USDA: United States Department of Agriculture

CONV: Conventional

FNMA: Federal National Mortgage Association ** Fannie Mae**

FHLMC: Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation **Freddie Mac**

GNMA: Government National Mortgage Association ** Ginnie Mae**

ARM: Adjustable Rate Mortgage

FRM: Fixed Rate Mortgage

HELOC: Home Equity Line of Credit


Other acronyms that you could hear in reference to your transaction:

MLS: Multiple Listing Service **Database used by Realtors to collect and share property listings**

HOA: Home Owner’s Association

HOI: Home Owner’s Insurance

CMA: Comparative Market Analysis

FSBO: For Sale by Owner

FROG: Finished Room Over Garage


Contact The Powell Team today if we can assist in your real estate transaction!





Comments (5)

Michele Connors
The Overton Group, LLC Pitt & Carteret County - Greenville, NC
Your Eastern North Carolina Realtor

   And then theres the MLS words like FROG ( finished room over garage ) and the mix of letters we put behind our names ABR CRS etc most buyers even can begin to understand ! LOL 

Feb 04, 2016 07:51 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Thank you for an easy read and informative post Cheryl Powell - The Powell Team  - we are now "following" you!


Apr 13, 2016 02:26 AM
Cheryl Powell - The Powell Team
Southern Homes of The Carolinas - The Powell Team - Harrisburg, NC
Concord,Harrisburg & Charlotte NC Area Real Estate

Thanks for following me and for your nice comments Tony and Suzanne, I'll follow you.

Apr 18, 2016 08:07 AM
Dave Halpern
Keller Williams Realty Louisville East (502) 664-7827 - Louisville, KY
Louisville Short Sale Expert

Good list of acronyms that control our Realtor routine

Nov 25, 2017 08:44 AM