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REAL ESTATE TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
Hazard insurance
Insurance coverage that in the event of physical damage to a property from fire, wind, vandalism, or other hazards.
Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM)
Usually referred to as a reverse annuity mortgage, what makes this type of mortgage unique is that instead of making payments to a lender, the lender makes payments to you. It enables older home owners to convert the equity they have in their homes into cash, usually in the form of monthly payments. Unlike traditional home equity loans, a borrower does not qualify on the basis of income but on the value of his or her home. In addition, the loan does not have to be repaid until the borrower no longer occupies the property.
Home equity line of credit
A mortgage loan, usually in second position, that allows the borrower to obtain cash drawn against the equity of his home, up to a predetermined amount.
Home inspection
A thorough inspection by a professional that evaluates the structural and mechanical condition of a property. A satisfactory home inspection is often included as a contingency by the purchaser.
Homeowner's insurance
An insurance policy that combines personal liability insurance and hazard insurance coverage for a dwelling and its contents.
Homeowner's warranty
A type of insurance often purchased by homebuyers that will cover repairs to certain items, such as heating or air conditioning, should they break down within the coverage period. The buyer often requests the seller to pay for this coverage as a condition of the sale, but either party can pay.
Homeowners' association
A nonprofit association that manages the common areas of a planned unit development (PUD) or condominium project. In a condominium project, it has no ownership interest in the common elements. In a PUD project, it holds title to the common elements.
HUD median income
Median family income for a particular county or metropolitan statistical area (MSA), as estimated by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
HUD-1 settlement statement
A document that provides an itemized listing of the funds that were paid at closing. Items that appear on the statement include real estate commissions, loan fees, points, and initial escrow (impound) amounts. Each type of expense goes on a specific numbered line on the sheet. The totals at the bottom of the HUD-1 statement define the seller's net proceeds and the buyer's net payment at closing. It is called a HUD1 because the form is printed by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The HUD1 statement is also known as the "closing statement" or "settlement sheet."
 
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NEIGHBORHOOD DEMOGRAPHICS
HOUSING STATISTICS
Features the total number of households, homeownership rate, citizenship status, median housing price, median income, education level and poverty level.
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AREA CRIME RATE
The total rate of violent crime for the population, including details on homicide, forcible rape, aggravated assault, burglary robbery, vehicle theft, and murder rates.
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SCHOOL INFORMATION
A school score card reports on individual school performance, student's reading and math ratings, in comparing the county and state averages. Read more >
LOCAL RENTAL STATISTICS
Provides information on the neighborhood rental market, including rental rates, rental price based on number of bedrooms and current rental rate. Read more >
local crime report
NEARBY SALES ANALYSIS
Provides the local sales within price ranges, price per square footage, number of bed(s)/bath(s) and total number of homes sold within each price range.
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local school information
LISTING & TRENDING ANALYSIS
An analysis of the housing market reports on locale as a buyer's or seller's market. Also features a market-trending indicator. Read more >