Santa Cruz Real Estate Lingo 101

Posted by Lauren Spencer on Monday, March 28th, 2011 at 11:01pm.

Do you know how closing costs actually work? Or, how you’d use CMAs (comparative market analysis) to evaluate Santa Cruz real estate? And, can you decipher all of the abbreviations and acronyms, such as FDR, lo dues and MLS.

Purchasing a home is frustrating enough without having to go through the frustration of decoding all the complicated speak and legalese. If you brush up with a real estate dictionary before your home-buying search, you’ll gain valuable knowledge and save yourself a lot of time and headaches in the long run.

Basic lingo every Santa Cruz real estate buyer or seller should know …

• ARM – This stands for Adjustable-Rate Mortgage, which is a type of mortgage where the interest rate periodically adjusts.

• Closing costs – These are miscellaneous expenses buyers and sellers pay upon closing; they usually include brokerage commission, escrow taxes, recording fees, etc.

• CMA – This stands for Comparable Market Analysis, which is a report of recently sold, comparable homes in the same market as the home you’re selling.

• ERV Estimated Rental Value

• FDR – Formal Dining Room

• Fixture – Anything that is permanently attached to the home, such as door knobs, carpeting, light fixtures and landscaping

• FP – Fireplace

• HDW – Hard Wood Floors

• Lo dues – Dues paid to the homeowners association

• MLS – Multiple Listing Service, which is an organization that compiles multiple listings into one report and distributes it to all of their realty members.

• PSF – Per Square Foot

• Sale price – The actual price at which the property sells.

Don’t let the hectic housing market overwhelm you.  If you understand Santa Cruz real estate lingo, you’ll be more knowledgeable and able to easily achieve your real estate goals.

If you have questions about any of these terms or want help achieving your real estate goals, call me at 831-662-6522 or email me at Lauren@LaurenSpencer.com for more information.

For more information, please visit my website at www.MySantaCruzRealEstate.com.

Links:

Real Estate Dictionary

Adjustable-Rate Mortgage

Estimated rental value

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Lauren Spencer is your local real estate expert, specializing in Santa Cruz real estate and surrounding communities—this is where she lives, works, and plays too. Let her know your questions about the community and county and she'll be happy to fill you in on all you want to know! Lauren Spencer has consistently been voted best local REALTOR in Santa Cruz and is always happy to offer her advice and expertise. Call her at: 800.226.4717.

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