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 Real Estate Glossary

Real Estate Glossary
Our glossary is the largest dictionary of real estate and construction terms on the Internet with almost 10,000 definitions.

Va - Var - Vi

A measurement or unit of length, usually 31 to 33 inches and predominantly South American or Spanish.

Subject to change.

Loan rate that changes based on fluctuations in the rate paid on Treasury bills or bank certificates of deposit.

A loan with an interest rate that adjusts with the changes in rates paid on Treasury bills or bank certificates of deposit.

A power drill with a variable speed controlled by the trigger.

An allowable deviation from the land use prescribed by the existing zoning ordinances.

A variety of waterproof finishes used to protect wood trim, furniture, and floors. Varnish is made from resin and sometimes includes a drying oil to speed the setting and hardening process.

Where something of value is kept, a secured place.

An elongated half-cylinder shaped arched ceiling, i.e. a roof or ceiling shaped as an arch.

Specially shaped ceramic tile, which is used at the edge of a counter.


A device used to measure the velocity of air in an HVAC system.

A buyer of real property.

Legal right of a purchaser of a piece of real estate to the paid purchase price plus direct costs of acquisition, if the seller fails to render the deed to the property.

A seller of real estate or other products.

The seller's claim to property held by a buyer as collateral for a debt, also called a purchase money mortgage.

Material of a better quality used to cover a lower quality surface to make it look better. Usually used on the exterior, bricks would cover concrete or better wood over cheap.

Pipe allowing air to flow into a drainage system.

A vent pipe into which several vents connect. The vent pipe leads to the vent stack and out of the building.

A pipe serving as a vent.

A vertical line in a venting system leading out of a structure.

A system of pipes and vents used to relive pressure in a system or route gas or liquid from a building.

The replacement of stale air with fresh air by circulation through a series of vents or a mechanical system, i.e. air conditioning.

Financing source for new businesses or turnaround ventures with high risk/high reward possible. Venture capital can be anything from seed money to full financing and sources include wealthy individuals, limited partnerships and business investment companies.

Geographic location of a court action and should occur in the place where jurisdiction applies. Change of Venue, which is the move to another locality, occurs in a criminal action when a fair trial is precluded.

Sworn statement made before a qualified officer that the contents of a document are correct.

A signed statement verifying the borrower's account balances and history and is part of the loan process.

Statement by borrower's employer to confirm the borrower's salary and position and is part of the loan process.

To collect supporting evidence. To prove.

To decorate with wavy lines or patterns.

A lightweight insulating material that expands when heated.

Against or compared to.

1. The intersection of two lines.
2. A summit.


Installation of wallboard with the long ends running vertically.

see Board and Batten Siding.

A pipe installed vertically or no more than 45 degrees from vertical.

A container.

To create an entitlement to a right or privilege.

Small entrance foyer.

A program of the Department of Veteran Affairs which allows most veterans to purchase a house without a down payment.

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Our glossary is the largest dictionary of real estate and construction terms on the Internet with almost 10,000 definitions.

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