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Real Estate Glossary
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balloon payment
The final lump sum payment that is made at the maturity date of a balloon mortgage.

before-tax income
Income before taxes are deducted.

betterment
An improvement that increases property value as distinguished from repairs or replacements that simply maintain value.

bill of sale
A written document that transfers title to personal property.

bridge loan
A form of second trust that is collateralized by the borrower's present home (which is usually for sale) in a manner that allows the proceeds to be used for closing on a new house before the present home is sold. Also known as "swing loan."

broker
A person who, for a commission or a fee, brings parties together and assists in negotiating contracts between them.

budget
A detailed plan of income and expenses expected over a certain period of time. A budget can provide guidelines for managing future investments and expenses.

building code
Local regulations that control design, construction, and materials used in construction. Building codes are based on safety and health standards.

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