The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on March 29, 1998 · Page 376
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 376

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4 n THE PALM BEACH POST RESIDENCES ADVERTISING SECTION SUNDAY, MARCH 29, 1 998 47, Guide To Real Estate And Mortgage Terms ADJUSTABLE RATE MORTGAGE (ARM). A mortgage on which the interest rate may change, increasing or decreasing, according to movements in the financial market AMORTIZATION. A payment method that involves paying off part of the principal along with the interest, instead of making interest-only payments. Amortization can speed up loan payments and decrease the total amount by keeping interest from accruing. ANNUAL PERCENTAGE RATE. The annual cost of credit over the life of a loan, including interest, service charges, points, loan fees, mortgage insurance and other items. APPRAISAL An evaluation to determine run for the length of the lease or only for a portion of the lease period. LEVERAGE. The use of financing to allow a small amount of cash to purchase a large property investment MARKET VALUE. The most probable price a willing buyer would pay and a willing seller would accept both being fully informed and the property offered for a reasonable period of time. MORTGAGE BROKER. A broker who represents numerous lenders and helps consumers find affordable mortgages. MORTGAGE COMPANY. A company that borrows money from a bank, lends it to consumers to buy homes and then sells the loans to investors. NEGATIVE AMORTIZATION. An increase in the outstanding amount when a monthly payment does not cover the monthly interest due. ORIGINATION FEE. A charge for the work involved in preparing and servicing a mortgage application (usually 1 percent of the loan amount). POINT. One percent of a mortgage amount PRELIMINARY TITLE REPORT. A report showing the condition of title before a sale or loan transaction. After completion of the transaction, a title insurance policy is issued. EARNEST MONEY. A sum paid to the seller to show that a potential purchaser is serious about buying. ESCROW ACCOUNT. An account set up by most lenders to which the borrower makes monthly payments for such obligations as real estate taxes, homeowners insurance and special assessments. The lender disburses funds from these accounts for the borrower as bills come due. FIXED RATE MORTGAGE. A mortgage with an interest rate that remains stable throughout the life of the loan. HAZARD INSURANCE. Protection against damage caused by fire, windstorm or other common hazard. Many lenders require homeowners to carry it in an amount at least equal to the mortgage. HOUSING FINANCE AGENCY. A state agency that offers below-market-rate home financing for low- and moderate-income households. INDEX. Any adjustable rate mortgage adjustments must be based on the movement of an independent index that is beyond the control of the lender and that can easily be verified by the borrower. LEASE WITH OPTION TO PURCHASE. A lease under which the renter has the right to purchase the property. The price and terms of the purchase must be spelled out for the option to be valid. The option may ly payments on a mortgage loan. CAP. A limit on the amount an interest rate or a monthly payment can increase during the adjustment period or over the life of a loan. Usually used in reference to an adjustable rate loan. CAPITAL GAINS. Gains realized from the sale of capital assets. Generally, the difference between cost and selling price, less certain deductible expenses. CLOSING. A meeting to sign documents that transfer property from a seller to a buyer. COMMISSION. An amount paid to a real estate broker as compensation for services. Usually a percentage of the sale price or total rental. CONDITIONS, COVENANTS AND RESTRICTIONS. The standards that define how a property may be used, and the protections a developer makes for the benefit of all owners in a subdivision. CONVENTIONAL LOAN. A mortgage or deed of trust not obtained under a government-insured program. DUE-ON-SALE. 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