isn’t difficult to master, but there is real
danger of hearing and using words you don’t fully
Following are some basic
terms that are often misunderstood:
An organization that collects, compiles, and
distributes information about properties listed
for sale by its
members, who are real estate
brokers. Membership isn’t open to the general
public, although selected MLS data may be sold to
real estate listing websites. MLS’s can be local
or regional. There is no “one” MLS covering the
Principle, interest, taxes and insurance (PITI)
are the four components of a monthly mortgage payment.
Principal refers to the part of the monthly payment that reduces
the remaining balance of the mortgage. Interest is
the fee charged for borrowing the money. Taxes and insurance refer to the
amounts that are paid into an escrow account each
month for property taxes and mortgage and hazard insurance.
Comparative Market Analysis. A CMA is a report
that shows prices of properties that are comparable to a
property and that were recently sold, are
currently on the market or were on the market, but not sold within the listing period.
The entire package of miscellaneous expenses paid
by the buyer and seller when the transaction closes.
costs include the brokerage commission,
mortgage-related fees, escrow or attorney’s
charges, recording fees, title insurance, etc.
Closing costs generally are paid through escrow.
provision of an agreement that keeps the agreement
from being fully legally binding until a certain condition
met. One common example is a buyer’s contractual
right to obtain a professional home inspection before purchasing the home.