Frequently Used Real Estate Terminology in Alberta

Frequently Used Real Estate Terminology in Alberta
  1. MLS (Multiple Listing Service): A database of properties for sale, used by real estate professionals to market and find homes for their clients.
  2. Offer to Purchase: A written agreement outlining the terms and conditions under which a buyer is willing to purchase a property.
  3. Closing Costs: The additional costs associated with the purchase of a property, including legal fees, land transfer taxes, and other miscellaneous expenses.
  4. Title Insurance: Insurance that protects the buyer and lender against defects in the title of the property.
  5. Appraisal: An assessment of the value of a property, often conducted by a licensed appraiser.
  6. Condominium (Condo): A type of housing where individuals own their units but share common areas and facilities with other owners.
  7. Real Property Report (RPR): A legal document that illustrates the boundaries and improvements on a property.
  8. Down Payment: The initial payment made by a buyer towards the purchase price of a property.
  9. Mortgage: A loan secured by the value of a property, used to finance its purchase.
  10. Escrow: A financial arrangement where a third party holds and regulates the transfer of funds between the buyer and seller.
  11. Amortization: The gradual repayment of a mortgage loan through regular installments over a specified period.
  12. Zoning: Government regulations that control the use of land, specifying permitted uses, density, and other factors.
  13. Land Transfer Tax: A tax imposed by the provincial government on the transfer of land from one owner to another.
  14. CMHC (Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation): A federal agency that provides mortgage loan insurance to lenders.
  15. Conditional Offer: An offer to purchase a property that is subject to certain conditions, such as a satisfactory home inspection or financing approval.
  16. Fixed-Rate Mortgage: A mortgage with a constant interest rate throughout the term of the loan.
  17. Variable-Rate Mortgage: A mortgage with an interest rate that may change periodically based on changes in a corresponding financial index.
  18. Strata Fees: Monthly fees paid by condominium owners to cover common expenses and maintenance of shared areas.
  19. Pre-Approval: A process where a lender reviews a borrower's financial information and provides a conditional commitment for a mortgage loan.
  20. Realtor: A licensed real estate professional who is a member of a local real estate board and the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA).
  21. CREB. The Calgary Real Estate Board (CREB®) is a professional association of over 7,500 licensed REALTORS® across the Calgary region. As one of the largest real estate boards in Canada, CREB® ensures that REALTORS® have the tools and support they need to be successful. for more real estate terms
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