The part of a
building facing a street or courtyard.
estate professional who assists in a transaction but does not have a agency
relationship with that party. Also known as transaction broker or
|Fair Credit Billing Act|
A federal law that governs credit and charge card billing errors.
If a credit or charge card company violates any provision, consumers can sue to
|Fair Credit Reporting Act|
A federal law designed to regulate procedures and prevent old or
inaccurate information from staying in consumer credit files. The act gives
individuals the right to inspect their own credit files, although the credit
bureau may charge a fee.
|Fair Debt Collection Practices Act|
A federal law which outlaws debtor harassment, and regulates
collection agencies, original creditors' collection offices (if separate), and
creditors' lawyers. The original creditor may be covered by state
Fair Housing Act
Landmark federal law that makes it illegal to refuse to rent or
sell to anyone based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. The 1988
amendments to the act expanded the protections to include family status and
official name of the Federal National Mortgage Association, it is a
congressionally chartered, shareholder-owned company that buys mortgages from
lenders and resells them as securities on the secondary mortgage
|Farmer's Home Administration
A U.S. Department of Agriculture agency
that provides credit to farmers and rural residents.
A flat board
that runs horizontally along the eaves of a roof, typically capping the ends of
the roof rafters to give the roof edge a more finished look and provide a base
for attaching gutters.
|Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation
The Federal Home Loan Mortgage
Corporation is commonly known as Freddie Mac. The company buys mortgages from
lending institutions, pools them with other loans, and sells shares to
|Federal Housing Administration
This government agency operates a variety
of home-loan programs. Its most popular is the Section 203(b) program, which
provides low-rate mortgages to buyers who make a down payment as small as 3
Federal Housing Administration
This government agency operates a variety
of loan programs including the Section 203(b) program, which provides low-rate
mortgages to buyers who make a down payment of as little as 3
|Federal National Mortgage Association
Now officially dubbed Fannie Mae, this
federally chartered agency buys mortgages from lending institutions, pools them
with other loans, and sells shares to investors.
|Federal Reserve Board|
A group of economists and other experts who set the nation's
monetary policy. Its chief tool to control inflation is the power to control
American home architecture style that evolved after the Revolutionary War.
Details include bigger windows and a front doorway surrounded by glass and
topped with an arched window.
|Federal Trade Commission (FTC)|
The government agency that regulates companies and industries, from
credit bureaus and collection agencies to timeshare operators and some
creditors. National headquarters: Sixth and Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington,
D.C. 20580. Phone: (202) 326-2222.
of ownership, also called fee simple absolute, is the maximum interest a person
can have in a piece of real estate. It entitles the owner to use the property in
any manner they see fit, in accordance with state and local
fee simple absolute
This type of ownership, also called fee simple, is the maximum
interest a person can have in a piece of real estate. It entitles the owner to
use the property in any manner they see fit, in accordance with state and local
|fee simple defeasible|
The owner of the property holds a fee simple title subject to
referring to the way windows are arranged in a building.
Chinese design philosophy in which the positioning and physical characteristics
of the home are believed to affect the fortunes of the owner.
that are insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). The FHA operates
loan plans for investors and purchasers of rural property, and provides low-rate
mortgages to buyers who make a down payment as small as 3
relationship of trust that buyers and sellers expect from a real estate agent.
The term also applies to legal and business relationships.
Modifications made on the construction site that do not match
brought in to solidify a finished foundation.
where the ground has been raised by adding dirt, gravel, or other fill
|financed closing costs|
Closing costs that are added to the loan amount. This practice
saves the borrower cash up front, but increases the borrower's monthly
A fee in
any amount that is paid to someone.
that prepares a lot for landscaping.
buffer composed of fire-resistant material.
promise made by a lender to loan money for the purchase of
primary mortgage on a property. The first mortgage takes priority over all other
monthly payment on a home loan.
specific weeks in a year that an owner of a timeshare arrangement has access to
home loan with an interest rate that will remain at a specific rate for the term
of the loan. About 75 percent of all home mortgages have fixed
house that needs refurbishment or remodeling and usually sells at a below-market
property permanently attached to a house, such as drapery rods, toilets,
built-in bookcases, or a furnace.
placed around chimneys, skylights, vents, windows, doors, beneath shingles, and
along seams in the roof to prevent water seepage.
A set fee
charged by a broker instead of a commission.
A roof with
a level surface.
electrical switch operated by pushing the control knob up or
wire-like device in some types of toilets that attaches a float ball to the ball
A round or
oval ball that floats on top of the water inside the tank of some toilets. When
it reaches its highest position, it shuts off the flow of
|float floor drain|
drain that diverts water from the basement to a collection area. Water is then
removed with a sump pump.
concrete floor that is not connected to the foundation wall.
built to withstand movement in the basement floor.
The process of determining whether a property is located within a
known flood zone. If the property is in a flood zone, the lender will probably
require federally provided flood insurance.
Hazard coverage that is required in designated flood
flood-prone areas located along waterways.
|floor area ratio|
calculation of the floor area of all homes or buildings in a project. It is used
in the planning and development of a site.
Enclosed porches built on the side or back of a
usually made of metal, designed to exhaust unwanted gasses and byproducts from a
combustion appliance such as a furnace or water heater. A fireplace also has a
flue to carry away smoke.
door has smooth surfaces, as opposed to a panel door, which has raised or
passageway between a toilet tank and bowl. When you flush a toilet, water rushes
through the flush valve into the bowl.
|flush valve seat|
seal in the passageway between a toilet tank and bowl. A stopper, flapper, or
seat ball plugs the flush valve seat .When you flush a toilet, the seat is
opened and water rushes through the flush valve into the bowl.
foundation that supports a structure.
|For Sale By Owner (FSBO)|
The seller acts as the selling agent and handles the sales process
directly with the buyer or buyer's agent. In this situation, the seller does not
pay a listing commission.
of action a lender may pursue to delay foreclosure or legal action against a
process by which a lender ends the borrower's interest in a property after a
loan is defaulted. The lender may sell the property and keep the proceeds for
mortgage and legal costs, using excess proceeds to satisfy other liens or return
to the borrower.
relinquishing of property rights by a delinquent borrower.
support structure of a house.
device that uses three switches to permit an appliance or outlet to be operated
from all three switches.
hall to a home or building.
construction of the skeletal framework of a house.
common name for the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (FHLMC), a
congressionally chartered institution that buys mortgages from lenders and
resells them as securities on the secondary mortgage
Owners of these types of lots may hire any builder to construct
estate in which ownership is for an indeterminate length of
adjoining doors inlaid with glass that open from the middle.
measurement of a parcel of land by the number of feet of street
lender calculation that compares a borrower's monthly housing expense
(principal, interest, taxes, and insurance) to gross monthly
of property that borders a roadway or body of water.
FSBO (For Sale By Owner)
The owner acts as the agent to avoid paying a sales
real estate broker who performs all transaction services including listing and
|fully amortized adjustable-rate
A mortgage that amortizes, or pays
down, the balance of a loan.
A loss in value to an improvement resulting from functional
problems caused by age or poor design.
heating device powered by coal, oil, propane or natural gas.
of wood used to support walls, ceilings, or floors on irregular or masonry
device in an electrical circuit that is designed to shut down the circuit in the
event of an electrical overload or short circuit.