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facilitator

A person working as a liaison between buyer and seller, but without agency duties. Also called an intermediary.

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FICO Score

Lender scoring system for loan worthiness.

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fee tail

An estate in which conveyance is limited to the descendants of the grantee.

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fee simple

The highest ownership possible; has no time limit and can be transferred or inherited (the word fee means an inheritable estate). Also called fee simple absolute.

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fee simple determinable

A grant that automatically ends should a property no longer be used for a designated purpose.

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fee appraiser

An appraiser who works either as an independent contractor or for an independent appraisal firm.

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fee

An estate of inheritance.

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Federal Reserve System (the Fed)

A federal agency that regulates the money supply, interest rates, and reserve requirements of member banks.

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Fair Credit Reporting Act

Allows a person to know what is in his/her credit file, and to have explanations inserted and information investigated and removed if wrong.

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Federal Land Bank

A farm credit administrative agency that provides financing for farm purchases.

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Federal Housing Administration (FHA)

A federal agency that insures mortgage loans.

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Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)

Insures bank and thrift deposits. The maximum federal insurance is $250,000 for an account.

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feasibility study

A study of the economic practicality of an investment.

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Fannie Mae

A private corporation, now under government conservatorship, that provides a secondary marketplace for mortgages.

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fictitious name

A name that does not include the surname of every principal in a business. To use a fictitious name, the fictitious name publication and recording statutes must be complied with.

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foreclosure

The legal procedure whereby the lender forces the sale of property to pay indebtedness in the event of default.

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footing

The concrete poured in the ground on which the foundation rests. The footing distributes the building load to the soil.

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floor space

The interior square footage measured from the inside walls.

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floodwater

The water overflowing a defined channel.

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floodplain

Level areas along waterways subject to inundation.

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flat lease

A level-payment lease with no escalation clause; also called a gross lease.

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fixture

A former item of personal property that has become so connected to the realty that it has become part of the real property.

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first right of refusal

See right of first refusal.

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firm commitment

A loan commitment made for a particular borrower and property.

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fidelity bond

Bond for employee covering employee honesty.

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fire wall

A wall built of fireproof material to limit or contain a fire.

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fire block

A horizontal block between studs to prevent a fire from rising through a wall.

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finder's fee

A fee paid to a non-licensee for an introduction only; legal in some states.

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financing statement

An instrument filed by a lender on a personal property loan to give public notice that the goods are security for the loan (under the Uniform Commercial Code).

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Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act (FIRREA)

Requires state licensing and certification of appraisers.

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fiduciary

The duty of trust and honesty of an agent to the principal.

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filtering down

The process in which housing passes down to lower economic groups.

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Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act (FIRPTA)

Requires buyer withholding of taxes when the seller is a foreign national, except for exempt sales.

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funding fee

A fee paid by a veteran for a VA loan.

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functional obsolescence

Obsolescence that is built in by design or by construction.

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front-end ratio

The ratio of gross income to total loan payments (PITT); used to qualify buyers as to the amount of a loan.

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front foot

A linear measurement of land based on the number of feet fronting on a road (could also refer to water frontage).

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freehold

A higher-interest category of estates (fee simple and life estates), as opposed to non-freehold estates, which are leasehold interests.

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Freddie Mac

A private entity under government conservatorship that serves as a secondary mortgage market and sells participation certificates.

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fraud

An intentional act or omission to deceive another to the detriment of that party.

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foundation

The masonry substructure on which the building rests. The foundation rests on the footing.

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franchise

A right to distribute goods and services under a marketing plan established by a franchisor.