Matt Grohe, Realtor

Matt Grohe, Realtor®


Serving Polk, Dallas, Jasper, Madison and Warren counties

Matt is licensed in Iowa
Each office indenpendently owned and operated




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Glossary of Real Estate Terms

Don't be confused about the terminology used in the industry, find out what it all means here.

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VA LOAN
A loan on below market terms guaranteed by the Department of Veterans Affairs, given to former members of the armed forces.

VACANCY RATE
The calculation of the percentage of all available rental units in a particular area that are not occupied.

VACANT LAND
Land that may be improved and developed but is not currently in use.

VACATE
To leave or move out of a premises.

VACATION HOME
An occasional-use property, often in a resort area (ski, sun, ocean), which may be rented out by the owner to other vacationers while not in use by the owner.

VALID
Legally binding; authorized.

VALUATION
The estimation of the worth or sale price of an asset.

VARIABLE EXPENSES
Operating costs of a property which are not fixed, which change as a result of certain contingencies, such as percentage occupation of the property, type of use of the property, perhaps even the season of the year (for heating and air conditioning costs).

VARIABLE INTEREST RATE
An interest rate that may change according to change in the index rate. See adjustable interest rate.

VARIABLE-MATURITY MORTGAGE
A long-term loan in which the date the balance is due may be changed to adjust the level of periodic payments.

VARIANCE
An indulgence granted by a local zoning commission or authority to allow a non-conforming use of a property to continue. The zoning bylaw or ordinance is actually amended as it pertains to the particular property.

VENDOR
Seller. Purchasee.

VENDOR AND PURCHASER APPLICATION
Also known as V&P Application. The bringing before a court in Ontario of any dispute between parties to an Agreement of Purchase and Sale with regard to the terms of the Agreement. Named after the Vendors and Purchasers Act, the statute which sets out the procedure for such an application.

VENEER
Any kind of thin wood or brick finish which is attached to the exterior of an item, be it a wall or a piece of furniture.

VEST
To become the property of someone through action of law.

VIOLATION
Any breach of a contract, rule, law or ordinance.

VOID
Null, not legally enforceable.

VOIDABLE
A contract that may be treated as legally unenforceable at the option of a party (usually the injured party) but remains enforceable until that party exercises her option.

VOLUNTARY ALIENATION
Transfer of title to an asset with the consent of the owner.

VOLUNTARY LIEN
A claim that is recorded/registered with consent of the owner.