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GLOSSARY OF TERMS

Buying and selling a home can be confusing. Many of the terms used during the transaction may be new or unfamiliar to you. In light of this, WashMetroHomes.com is providing you with this brief glossary of these terms. Each real estate transaction is unique and the terms are all different. If you are unclear about any specific area or meaning in a real estate contract, see the help of a real estate professional such as a Realtor, Mortgage Specialist, or a competent and qualified attorney.

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government mortgage
A mortgage that is insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) or guaranteed by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) or the Rural Housing Service (RHS). Contrast with conventional mortage.

Government National Mortgage Association
A government-owned corporation within the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Created by Congress on Sept. 1, 1968, GNMA assumed responsibility for the special assistance loan program formerly administered by Fannie Mae. Popularly known as Ginnie Mae.

grantee
The person to whom an interest in real property is conveyed.

grantor
The person conveying an interest in real property.

ground rent
The amount of money that is paid for the use of land when title to a property is held as a leasehold estate rather than as a fee simple estate.

group home
A single-family residential structure designed or adapted for occupancy by unrelated developmentally disabled persons. The structure provides long-term housing and support services that are residential in nature.

growing-equity mortgage (GEM)
A fixed-rate mortgage that provides scheduled payment increases over an established period of time, with the increased amount of the monthly payment applied directly toward reducing the remaining balance of the mortgage.

guarantee mortgage
A mortgage that is guaranteed by a third party.

guaranteed loan
Also known as a government mortgage.

 

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