Real Estate Glossary
Terms and concepts to improve your real estate understanding.
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a real estate professional who competently and objectively performs valuation services that are supportable and defensible.
refers to the licensing levels mandated by state appraisal boards to satisfy the requirements by FIREEA.
In Georgia there are four appraiser classification levels: registered, licensed, certified residential, and certified general.
anything that attaches to the land and transfers with the land even if not specified in the deed – appurtenances are said to “run with the land.” Examples of appurtenances include property improvements, easements, water rights, condominium parking, etc. These rights transfer to future owners of the land.
is the right attached to one parcel of real estate to use a portion of another parcel of real estate.
Example: the owner of Lot A has the right to use a 50’ strip across the rear of Lot B, in other words, Lot A owns an easement across Lot B. The right attached to the property and not the owner of the property. Whoever owns Lot A will have the right to cross Lot B. Also, whoever owns Lot B will have to tolerate the use of the easement by the owner of Lot A. Lot A is referred to as the “benefitted” property or dominant estate (or tenement) and Lot B is referred to as the “burdened” property or servient estate.
refers to a transaction where the parties to the agreement have opposing interests. The purchaser wants to purchase for as little money as possible and the seller wants to sell for as much money as possible.
is the process of combining two or more parcels of adjacent land into one larger tract.
The imposition of a tax, charge, or levy, usually according to established rates.
$40,000 ÷ $100,000 = .40 or 40%
The assessment ratio will be a function of the state in which the property is located.