Real Estate Glossary

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A radioactive gas found in some homes that, if occurring in strong enough concentrations, can cause health problems.
An individual who is licensed to negotiate and arrange real estate sales; works for a real estate broker.
A real estate agent or broker who is a member of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS, and its local and state associations.
Paying off one loan by obtaining another; refinancing is generally done to secure better loan terms (like a lower interest rate).
A mortgage that covers the costs of rehabilitating (repairing or Improving) a property; some rehabilitation mortgages - like the FHA's 203(k) - allow a borrower to roll the costs of rehabilitation and home purchase into one mortgage loan.
Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act; a law protecting consumers from abuses during the residential real estate purchase and loan process by requiring lenders to disclose all settlement costs, practices, and relationships.