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There are 15 names in this directory beginning with the letter A.
Acceleration Clause
A common provision of a mortgage or note providing the holder with the right to demand that the entire outstanding balance is immediately due and usually payable in the event of default.

Accrued Interest
Interest earned but not yet paid.

Adjustable Rate Mortgage Loans (ARM)
Loans with interest rates that are adjusted periodically based on changes in a pre-selected index. As a result, the interest rate on your loan and the monthly payment will rise and fall with increases and decreases in overall interest rates. These mortgage loans must specify how their interest rate changes, usually in terms of a relation to a national index such as (but not always) Treasury bill rates. If interest rates rise, your monthly payments will rise. An interest rate cap limits the amount by which the interest rate can change; look for this feature when you consider an ARM loan.

Adjustment Interval
On an ARM loan, the time between changes in the interest rate or monthly payment.

Agreement of Sale
Contract signed by buyer and seller stating the terms and conditions under which a property will be sold.

Alternative Documentation
A method of documenting a loan file that relies on information the borrower is likely to be able to provide instead of waiting on verification sent to third parties for confirmation of statements made in the application.

Repayment of a loan with periodic payments of both principal and interest calculated to payoff the loan at the end of a fixed period of time.

Annual Percentage Rate (APR)
The cost of credit expressed as a yearly rate. The annual percentage rate is often not the same as the interest rate. It is a percentage that results from an equation considering the amount financed, the finance charges, and the term of the loan.

Application Fee
Fee charged by a lender to cover the initial costs of processing a loan application. The fee may include the cost of obtaining a property appraisal, a credit report, and a lock-in fee or other closing costs incurred during the process or the fee may be in addition to these charges.

A written estimate of a property’s current market value completed by an impartial party with knowledge of real estate markets.

Appraisal Fee
A fee charged by a licensed, certified appraiser to render an opinion of market value as of a specific date.

See Annual Percentage Rate.

See Adjustable Rate Mortgage Loans.

The transfer of ownership, rights, or interests in property by one person, the assignor, to another, the assignee.

A method of selling real estate where the buyer of the property agrees to become responsible for the repayment of an existing loan on the property.