Legendary Real Estate - a Boutique Firm
Sandi Maki

Legendary Real Estate – a Boutique Firm
Sandi Maki - Real Estate Broker, Michigan

Real Estate Lingo for Home Buyers

Sandi Square Buyers 2There are a lot of buzzwords used in the Real Estate world that may confuse Home-Buyers, especially First Time Buyers. Here’s a quick reference guide to help you understand the lingo.

  • Appraisal is the estimated value of the property.
  • Certificate of Title is a document that ensures the property is legally owned by the person who claims it.
  • Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) is a study of how comparable local homes have sold to help determine a reasonable price for property.
  • Contingencies are conditional that must be met in order for the offer on a home to proceed.
  • Due Diligence are the actions that a responsible buyer must address to protect the real estate investment.
  • Debt to Income Ratio in order to qualify for a loan, your monthly debt cannot exceed 43% of your monthly income.
  • Earnest Money Deposit payments are made to the Seller with the offer to show your serious intention.
  • FICO Score is a numerical value assigned to lenders based on their credit history.
  • Fiduciary Duties are the responsibilities of the broker that the Real Estate Agent works for and are determined by the state.
  • Good Faith Deposit is a payment made to the lender with the offer to show serious intention to complete the transaction.
  • HOA is the Homeowners Association, an organization that determines community rules and standards.
  • Loan to Value Ratio is how the lender determines if the loan is worth the risk associated with it.
  • Mortgage is the home loan.
  • Pre-qualification is the process used by the lender to determine if the borrower is qualified for a loan.  The amount is approximate.
  • Payment Terms are the principal, interest, taxes, PMI, etc.  What the Buyer really needs to know if the monthly and cummulative totals.

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