Glossary of Real Estate Terms
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The statement by the Purchaser of a concern regarding title to the subject property which the Purchaser requires the Vendor to correct before closing. Also known as requisition.
The lender in a loan transaction -- the person to whom, as a result of her actions, another person owes an obligation. See also mortgagee or chargee.
The borrower in a loan transaction -- the person who owes an obligation to another.
The loss of value or usefulness resulting from advances in technology and the passage of time.
The physical control and possession of a building or property.
Issued by local building departments, permission to enter and occupy a newly built or renovated dwelling after an inspection has established that there are not potential threats to the safety of occupants.
The percentage of available rental space that is actually rented and in use in a given building or community.
To make available, to express a willingness (whether in writing or orally), in the case of real estate, to inform another party of your willingness to sell or buy a specific property on terms set out in your offer. An offer, once made, may be accepted at any time before it is rescinded. Once accepted, the offer and acceptance generally form a binding contract.
OFFER AND ACCEPTANCE
Components of a contract, applicable to the real estate situation where a Purchaser may make an offer on a property and the Vendor may accept that offer.
OFFER TO PURCHASE
A written expression of a persons willingness to purchase a certain property on terms expressed in the offer.
OFFER TO SELL
In general, a written expression of a persons willingness to sell a certain property on terms expressed in the offer.
The person who receives an offer.
The person who makes an offer.
OFFICE OF INTERSTATE LAND SALES REGISTRATION
A HUD agency which has the responsibility for enforcing the Interstate Land Sales Full Disclosure Act.
Similar to an industrial park but for offices, a property designed and developed specifically to attract corporate offices and provide them with all facilities required to carry on business.
The pictorial depiction of the land-use control areas of a municipality used by the local government.
Expenditures for facilities required by a particular development but located elsewhere (such as streets, schools, sewers and waste disposal facilities).
Facilities which are required for the use and development of a particular property but which are located elsewhere.
Spaces for cars which are located on private property rather than on public streets. Local by-laws may require that any new commercial, residential or retail development provide a certain number of parking spaces as part of the development.
OIL AND GAS LEASE
An agreement in which a property owner allows another person to exploit any oil or gas deposits on the land for a certain period of time in exchange for periodic payments.
ON OR ABOUT
Legalese way of noting that the exact date of an event has not been determined.
Work completed on a property which adds to its value or utility.
OPEN END MORTGAGE
A loan which is specifically drafted to allow the borrower to borrow further funds at a later date without requiring the preparation and registration of new mortgage documentation.
An advertised period of time in which a property which is for sale is available for inspection by prospective purchasers.
An agreement whereby the owner of the property may enlist more than one broker to attempt to sell the property and the commission is payable only to the successful agent.
A mortgage which may be prepaid in full or in part at any time during that life of the mortgage without notice, bonus or penalty.
Empty or vacant land, often parkland which is considered an amenity for surrounding residences.
Periodic expenses payable on an income-producing property that are directly attributable to the use of the property for the purpose of producing income.
OPERATION OF LAW
The effect of a given statute or rule upon a situation. For example, a joint tenant becomes the sole owner of a property by operation of law upon the death of the other joint tenant.
The downside of giving a borrower an option, such as the possibility that she may prepay an open mortgage and reduce the income generated to the lender by the accumulation of interest over the life of the mortgage.
OPTION TO PURCHASE LEASED PROPERTY
A clause of a rental agreement allowing the tenant the right to buy the leased property upon terms and conditions set out in the agreement.
A legally binding agreement crated by spoken words rather than reduced to writing. In many jurisdictions, oral contracts with regard to land are unenforceable in any circumstance.
A rule or by-law enacted by a local government.
The owners original downpayment on a property.
ORIGINAL FACE VALUE
The principal amount owed on a mortgage on the date of its negotiation as shown on the face of the agreement.
The suggestion that one person has the right to act on behalf of another person created by the actions of the agent and the inactivity or lack of protest of the principal.
A structure that is not a part of the main building but is necessary to the full enjoyment of the property (i.e. a shed, garage, etc.).
The amount of money (including principal and interest) owing at a given date on a loan or mortgage.
See mortgage back or vendor take-back mortgage.
Any property where the owner resides in all or part of the property.
OWNERS TITLE INSURANCE
A title insurance policy which covers the owner of the property from title defects and other flaws which were not apparent at the time of the purchase.