An agency within the United States Department of Agriculture that provides financing to farmers and other qualified borrowers buying property in rural areas, who are unable to obtain loans elsewhere.
Rural Housing Service (RHS)
Right of Survivorship
In joint tenancy, the right of surviving joint tenants to acquire the interest of a deceased joint tenant.
Right of Ingress or Regress
The right to enter or leave specific property or premises.
Right of First Refusal
A contract provision that requires a property owner to give another party the first opportunity to purchase or lease the property before it is offered to others.
A credit agreement (typically a credit card) that allows a customer to borrow against a pre-approved credit line when purchasing goods and services. The borrower is only billed for the amount that is actually borrowed plus any interest due.
See Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM).
Retirement Plan 401(k) & 403(b) Loans
Some administrators of 401(k) and 403(b) plans allow for loans against the funds you have accumulated in these plans.
Retirement Plan 401(k) & 403(b)
Employer-sponsored investment plans that allows individuals to set aside tax-deferred income for retirement or emergency purposes. 401(k) plans are provided by private corporations. 403(b) plans are provided by non-profit organizations.
Measures the total receipts of retail stores. Monthly percent changes reflect the rate of changes of such sales. Changes in Retail Sales are widely followed as an indicator of consumer spending. Frequency: monthly. Source: Commerce Department.
An amount set aside from net operating income for replacement of short-lived common property in cooperative housing projects such as condominiums.
An agreement between a lender and a borrower, made to help the borrower repay delinquent installments.
Rent Loss Insurance
An insurance policy that protects a landlord against loss of rent or value due to natural casualties that renders the premises unsuitable for use, and therefore excuses the tenant from paying rent.
The number of payments left to be made on a loan before it is fully amortized (paid in full).
The amount of principal owed on a loan that has not yet been fully repaid.
The fee charged to release a lien to free real estate from a mortgage.
A loan granted to cover the costs of repairing or improving an existing property. Sometimes also used to acquire property with the intent to improve it.
A fee charged by the local government to record mortgage documents into the public record so that any interested party is aware that a lender has an interest in the property. For our comparison purposes, a recording fee is considered to be a tax or other unavoidable fee.
A fee charged by the title company in some states to review documents, to assure they meet the state standards prior to being recorded. For our comparison purposes, a recordation exam is considered to be a third party fee and may be included in the title insurance fee by some lenders.
This fee is charged by title companies or attorneys in some states and covers the cost of removing your current lender's lien from your property title when you refinance. For our comparison purposes, a reconveyance fee is considered to be a third party fee and may be included in the title insurance fee by some lenders.
A real estate broker or associate who is an active member of a local real estate board that is affiliated with the National Association of Realtors.
Land and anything permanently affixed to the land, including structures, trees, minerals, and the interest, benefits and rights thereof.
Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA)
A consumer protection law that requires mortgage lenders and brokers to give borrowers advance notice of closing costs in the form of a Good Faith Estimate.
Real Estate Agent
A person licensed to negotiate the purchase and sale of real estate on behalf of buyers and sellers.
Rate of Interest
Same as interest rate.
An agreement by a lender to guarantee the interest rate offered for a mortgage provided that the loan closes within the specified period of time.
Rate Improvement Mortgage
A fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) that includes a clause allowing the borrower the option to reduce the interest rate one time (without refinancing) during the first few years of the loan term.
Rate Change Cap
The maximum amount that an interest rate can change, either at an adjustment period or over the entire life of the loan. Commonly associated with an adjustable rate mortgage (ARM).
Once described a low, one-story house typical of the western United States. The term is now used to describe just about any one-story home.