mortgages

Absolute-Bar Rule

Definition

A rule preventing a creditor who sells collateral in a commercially unreasonable manner, e.g. without giving reasonable notice to the debtor, from obtaining a deficiency judgment.

Illustrative caselaw

See, e.g. Beardmore v. American...

Adjustable Rate Mortgage (ARM)

A mortgage loan where the interest rate may change in accordance with designated market indicator (such as the LIBOR), as opposed to a set interest rate (such at 6% annually).

Adjustment Date

Adjustment date is the date on which a financial term of a contract or transaction is set to change. In real estate, it usually refers to the date on which the interest rate of an adjustable rate mortgage (ARM) changes. An ARM’s interest rate...

Adjustment Period

Adjustment period is the time within which the interest rate on an adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) can reset. It is the scheduled amount of time between each adjustment date.

Adjustment periods are set at month-to-month, semi-...

Appraisal

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryA determination of the value of something, such as a house, jewelry, or stock. A professional appraiser -- a qualified, disinterested expert -- makes an estimate by examining the property, and looking at...

Appraise

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryTo professionally evaluate the value of property, such as real estate, jewelry, antique furniture, or securities; typically done in order to determine the value of assets for insurance coverage, divide...

Appraiser

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryA professional who is hired to determine the current value of real estate or other property. Some appraisers specialize in residential houses for the purpose of setting a sales price or securing a...

Appreciate

Appreciate means to increase in value (the opposite of depreciate). It may also mean: to understand or recognize the value or significance of something or someone.

See also: appreciation.

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Appreciation

Appreciation is an increase in an asset’s value, usually due to inflation or other external economic factors (the opposite of depreciation).

In more common parlance, appreciation may also be recognition or understanding of...

ARM

See: adjustable rate mortgage

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