Glossary of Real Estate Terms

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Term Definition

This is an a deal by which the owner-occupant of a property agrees to sell all or part of the property to an investor and then lease it back and continue to occupy space as a tenant

Sales comparison value

This is a value indication which is derived by comparing the property being appraised to similar properties that have been sold of late.

Secondary market

This is a kind of market where the existing mortgage loans are securitized and then bought and sold to other investors.


This is a process of converting an illiquid asset, such as a mortgage loan, into a tradable form, such as mortgage-backed securities

Security deposit

This is a kind of deposit of money by a tenant to a landlord to secure the performance of a lease. This can also be in a letter form of credit or other financial instrument.

Site development

It means the installation of all the essential improvements made to a site before a building or project can be constructed on the site

Soft cost

This means the portion of an equity investment other than the actual cost of the improvements themselves that may be tax-deductible in the first year.

Space plan

This is a graphic representation of a tenant's space requirements. It shows wall and door locations, room sizes and at times furniture layouts also.

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