A consumer protection law that regulates the disclosure of consumer credit
reports by consumer/credit reporting agencies and establishes procedures
for correcting mistakes on one's credit record.
The highest price that a buyer, willing but not compelled to buy,
would pay, and the lowest a seller, willing but not compelled to sell,
A New York Stock Exchange company and the largest non-bank financial
services company in the world. It operates pursuant to a federal charter
and is the nation's largest source of financing for home mortgages.
Fannie Mae Properties
Fannie Mae owns, manages, and has available for sale, single-family
detached homes, two- to four-unit properties, condominiums, and townhouses
in a variety of neighborhoods. The number, type, and sales price may vary
substantially. The homes vary in age and may require repairs. Fannie Mae
homes are sold through local real estate brokers whose contact information
is provided in the Fannie Mae Properties for Sale search results on
Fannie Mae's Community Home Buyer's ProgramSM
An income-based community lending model, under which mortgage insurers
and Fannie Mae offer flexible underwriting guidelines to increase a low-
or moderate-income family's buying power and to decrease the total amount
of cash needed to purchase a home. Borrowers who participate in this model
are required to attend pre-purchase home-buyer education sessions.
A financing option for a fixed-rate mortgage that offers home buyers a
3 percent down payment loan with a term between 15 and 30 years. The
mortgage features a loan-to-value (LTV) percentage of 97 percent, and is
designed to expand homeownership opportunities for people with modest
incomes. Borrowers must take a pre-purchase home-buyer education session
to qualify for a Fannie 97 mortgage.
Federal Housing Administration (FHA)
An agency of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
(HUD). Its main activity is the insuring of residential mortgage loans
made by private lenders. The FHA sets standards for construction and
underwriting but does not lend money or plan or construct housing.
The greatest possible interest a person can have in real estate.
fee simple estate
An unconditional, unlimited estate of inheritance that represents the
greatest estate and most extensive interest in land that can be enjoyed.
It is of perpetual duration. When the real estate is in a condominium
project, the unit owner is the exclusive owner only of the air space
within his or her portion of the building (the unit) and is an owner in
common with respect to the land and other common portions of the property.
FHA coinsured mortgage
A mortgage (under FHA Section 244) for which the Federal Housing
Administration (FHA) and the originating lender share the risk of loss in
the event of the mortgagor's default.
A mortgage that is insured by the Federal Housing Administration
(FHA). Also known as a government mortgage.
A fee or commission paid to a mortgage broker for finding a mortgage
loan for a prospective borrower.
A lender’s agreement to make a loan to a specific borrower on a
A mortgage that is the primary lien against a property.
The monthly payment due on a mortgage loan. The fixed installment
includes payment of both principal and interest.
fixed-rate mortgage (FRM)
A mortgage in which the interest rate does not change during the
entire term of the loan.
Personal property that becomes real property when attached in a
permanent manner to real estate.
Insurance that compensates for physical property damage resulting from
flooding. It is required for properties located in federally designated
The legal process by which a borrower in default under a mortgage is
deprived of his or her interest in the mortgaged property. This usually
involves a forced sale of the property at public auction with the proceeds
of the sale being applied to the mortgage debt.
The loss of money, property, rights, or privileges due to a breach of
An employer-sponsored investment plan that allows individuals to set
aside tax-deferred income for retirement or emergency purposes. 401(k)
plans are provided by employers that are private corporations. 403(b)
plans are provided by employers that are not for profit organizations.
Some administrators of 401(k)/403(b) plans allow for loans against the
monies you have accumulated in these plans -- monies must be repaid to
avoid serious penalty charges.
fully amortized ARM
An adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) with a monthly payment that is
sufficient to amortize the remaining balance, at the interest accrual
rate, over the amortization term.