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Glossary of Terms - E

To better understand some of the industry terms and technical language used during the process of borrowing money for real estate purchases, search our glossary index. You will be talking the talk with one of our mortgage professionals in no time! If you still have questions, contact us.

Earnest Money

The deposit money given to seller or his agent by the potential buyer at the time of the purchase offer. If the offer is accepted, the money will become part of the down payment.

Easement

A right to the limited use of land owned by another. An electric company, for example, could have an easement to put up electric power lines over someone's property.

Encumbrance

Anything that affects or limits the title to a property, such as outstanding mortgages, easement rights or unpaid property taxes.

Equity

The value in which the owner has in real estate over and above the mortgages against it. When the mortgage and all other debts against the property are paid in full, the owner has 100% equity in his or her property.

Escrow

Funds and/or deed left in trust to a third party. Generally, a portion of the monthly mortgage payment is held in escrow by the lender to pay for taxes, hazard insurance and yearly mortgage insurance premiums.


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