Southwest Florida Real Estate
Real Estate and Mortgage Terms Glossary
Real Estate and Mortgage transactions have languages all their own. Since most people don't use these terms on any type of a regular basis, we are providing this real estate and mortgage term glossary as a quick and easy reference for you to use. Rather than being unsure about a terms meaning, you can check here first. Of course, if you need a more in-depth understanding, please contact us directly and we'll be happy to assist you.
Terms - Letter L
A screened enclosure area (usually over a patio or pool) in the back of a Florida home.
An extra charge, or penalty added to a regular mortgage payment when the payment is made late by an amount of time specified in the original loan document.
Any defect in a piece of property which is not readily apparent, but which has an impact of the value. Structural damage or termite infestation would be examples of latent defects. See Home Inspections.
Prior to 1978, paints and other products containing lead were widely used in homes and offices. Lead is a hazardous material and causes a number of health-related problems. See Lead Disclosure.
A contract between a property owner and a tenant specifying the payment amount, terms and conditions, as well as the length of time the contract will be in force.
A type of property "ownership" where the buyer actually has a long-term lease on the property.
A lease agreement that gives the tenant an option to buy the property. Usually, a portion of the regular monthly rent payment will be applied towards the down payment.
The description of a piece of property, identifying its specific location in terms established by the municipality or other jurisdiction in which the property resides. Often related in specific distances from a known landmark or intersection.
The person or entity who loans funds to a buyer. In return, the lender will receive periodic payments, including principal and interest amounts.
The use of borrowed funds to finance the purchase of an asset. OPM - Using "other peoples money".
A person's outstanding debt obligations. See Loan Closing Costs.
Insurance that covers against potential lawsuit brought against a property owner for alleged negligence resulting in damage to another party.
No-documentation mortgages commonly used because of their lack of a requirement to prove income.
Any claim against a piece of property resulting from a debt or other obligation.
A limit on how far the interest rate can move for an Adjustable Rate Mortgage.
Any property which is substantially similar to another property.
Representation duties of a transaction broker limited in the areas of loyalty and disclosure.
LINE OF CREDIT
An extension of credit for a certain amount for a specific amount of time. To be used by the borrower at his discretion.
Any asset which can be quickly converted into cash at little or no cost, or cash itself.
A written employment agreement between an owner of real estate and a broker that authorizes the broker to find a suitable buyer or tenant for the property. See The Listing Contract.
Money borrowed, to be repaid with interest, according to the specific terms and conditions of the loan.
A person that "sells" loans, representing the lender to the borrower, and the borrower to the lender.
How a lender refers to the process of writing new loans.
The processing of payments, mailing of monthly statements, management and disbursement of escrow funds etc., carried out by the company where you make your mortgage payments.
LOAN-TO-VALUE RATIO (LTV)
The comparison of the amount owed on a mortgaged property to its fair market value.
The key holder Realtors® use to allow access to your home.
An agreement between a lender and a borrower, guaranteeing an interest rate for a loan if the loan is closed within a certain amount of time. See Locking Interest Rates.
The amount of time the lender has guaranteed an interest rate to a borrower.
LOW DOWNPAYMENT PROGRAMS
A program available on some mortgage products, usually fixed-rate mortgages, that helps you buy a home with as little as a 3% down payment.