Exit Elite Realty


4200 Forbes Boulevard, Ste. 121

Lanham, MD 20706


Phone:  240-354-4428

Office:  301-277-3948

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ARM - Adjustable Rate Mortgage— A loan that allows the interest rate to be changed periodically.


Agency— A legal relationship in which an owner-principal engages a broker-sales associate in the sale of property or buyer-principal engages a broker-sales associate in the purchase of property.


APR - Annual Percentage Rate— The total finance charge (interest, loan fees, points) expressed as a percentage of the loan amount.


Amortization— The gradual repayment of a mortgage by periodic installments.


Appraisal— An estimate of the value of property.


Assessed Value—  The valuation placed on property by a public tax assessor as the basis of property taxes.


Assumption of Mortgage— Agreement by the buyer to assume responsibility for a mortgage owned by the seller; the seller remains liable to the lender unless the lender agrees to release him or her.


Balloon Loan— A mortgage that has a substantial amount of the principal due at the maturity of the note.


Broker— A person licensed by a state real estate commission to act independently in conducting a real estate brokerage business.


Buydown— A payment to the lender from the seller, buyer or third party, causing the lender to reduce the interest rate during the early years of the loan.


Cap— A maximum amount of interest that can be charged.


Closing— The final step in transferring ownership of a property from seller to buyer.


Closing Costs—  Fees and expenses, not including the price of the home, payable by the seller and the buyer at the time of closing.


Contingency— A condition that must be satisfied before a contract is binding.


Conventional Loan— A fixed-rate, fixed term loan that is made without government insurance.


Convertible ARM— Loans that give you the opportunity to convert to a fixed-rate mortgage, usually between the 13th to 60th month of the loan.


Cooperatives (co-ops) -   A buyer purchases shares in a co-op corporation, made up of the residents in the co-op property.  The buyer owns the shares rather than owning the real property.  In exchange, the buyer has the right to occupy a co-op unit.


Deed— A legal document conveying title to a property.


Depreciation— Refers to when a property’s value decreases.


Earnest Money— A payment given to the seller by a potential buyer indicating the buyer’s intent to complete the purchase of the property.


Equity— The owner’s value or interest in a property.


Escrow— The placement of money or documents with a third party for safekeeping pending the fulfillment or performance of a specific act or condition.