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Real Estate Terms You Need to Know

A Sign That Reads Sold with Multiple OffersKnowing the most recent real estate jargon is crucial as a Rigby rental property owner. The real estate market is changing significantly, and staying ahead of these changes can assist you in safeguarding your investments and expanding your portfolio. Additionally, it can assist you in making knowledgeable choices when haggling with prospective tenants or buyers. The next six terms should be understood in order to succeed in a competitive market. Let’s view each in greater detail.


A real estate firm that uses technology to make instant offers on homes is called an iBuyer. As they provide a simple and quick way to sell your home, these businesses have grown in popularity over the past few years. Given how much more convenience iBuyers provide to homeowners, they have in many ways fundamentally altered how people buy and sell residential properties.


“Days on market” is what DOM stands for. How long a property has been up for sale is gauged by this metric. The DOM of a property is calculated from the day it is put on the MLS (multiple listing service) to the day someone who wants to sell signs a contract. Although it could be a red flag, a high DOM could also be the result of seasonal changes in the housing market (in spring, homes generally sell faster than in the winter). You can also tell if a market is strong (a low average DOM) or weak (a high average DOM), by looking at the average DOM for a specific area. Normally, a weak market favors purchasers.


“Real estate owned” is referred to as REO. Usually, because it didn’t sell at the foreclosure auction, this term refers to a property that’s been foreclosed on and is now owned by the lender. Given the fact that many banks and lenders would prefer to sell a property than hold it, REO properties can offer investors the option to purchase below market value. It is critical to mention that financing can be challenging because these sales are frequently made “as-is.”

FHA 203k Rehab Loan

A government-backed loan known as an FHA 203k rehab loan enables buyers to fund the purchase of a fixer-upper. This kind of loan can be used to finance renovations and repairs, making it a desirable option for investors seeking to acquire properties in need of repair. This can also be used to retrofit older homes with energy-efficient features. It is not intended to be used for “luxury” features upgrades like a swimming pool.


“Debt-to-income” ratio is called DTI. This metric is used by lenders to calculate the percentage of your income that is allocated to paying off debt. To determine your DTI, add your monthly housing payment to your total debt payments, divide that number by your gross monthly income, and multiply the result by 100. It is made to determine how much of a mortgage you can afford. Keep this number low because a high DTI can make it tough to be approved for a loan. An ideal borrower for a lender is one who pays no more than 36% of their monthly income on debt and no more than 28% of their income on housing.


Earnest Money Deposit is referred to as EMD. It’s also known as a “good faith deposit,” this is a down payment required of buyers when submitting an offer to purchase a home. A seller might be persuaded to accept an offer by an EMD, which can show how serious and willing a buyer is. The percentage of EMD offered ranges from 1 to 5% in the majority of cases, but it can be higher or lower depending on the circumstance and the level of market competition. The EMD is typically kept in escrow and used, if the deal closes, to reduce the cost of the house.

Clearly, Rigby property managers must be familiar with a variety of real estate-related terms. Knowledge is key in a competitive industry.

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