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Real Estate Terms You Need to Know

A Sign That Reads Sold with Multiple OffersAs a Three Forks rental property owner, it is essential to remain current on the latest real estate terminology. Maintaining awareness of the significant changes in the real estate market can help you safeguard your investments and expand your portfolio. Additionally, it can assist you in making knowledgeable choices when haggling with prospective tenants or buyers. The following six terms are crucial to understanding a market where there is fierce competition. Let’s examine each one in more detail.


Real estate companies known as “iBuyers” make instant offers on properties using technology. These companies have grown in popularity in recent years as a result of their convenient and quick home selling services. Given how much more convenience iBuyers provide to homeowners, they have in many ways fundamentally altered how people buy and sell residential properties.


DOM stands for the phrase: “days on market.” This metric indicates how long a home has been on the market. DOM is computed from the date a property is registered on the MLS (multiple listing service) to the date a contract is signed by a seller to sell it. While a high DOM may be cause for concern, it can also be a sign of seasonal changes in the housing market (homes tend to sell faster in the spring than in winter). Furthermore, by inspecting the average DOM for a specific location, you can establish whether the market is strong (low average DOM) or weak (high average DOM). Typically, buyers gain from a weak market.


“Real estate owned” is known as REO. This phrase pertains to a home that has undergone foreclosure and has now been acquired by the lender, usually as a result that the home did not sell at the foreclosure auction. Due to the fact that many banks and lenders would rather sell a property than hold it, REO properties can present investors with the opportunity to buy below market value. The fact that these sales are frequently “as-is” makes financing challenging, so it is important to note this.

FHA 203k Rehab Loan

The FHA 203k rehab loan is a government-backed loan that lets purchasers finance the acquisition of a home that needs repairing. 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 update older homes’ energy-related features. It is not intended to be used for “luxury” features upgrades like a swimming pool.


DTI pertains to “debt-to-income” ratio. This metric is used by lenders to calculate how much of your income is being used to pay off debt. Your DTI is calculated by adding your monthly housing payment to your total debt payments, dividing that amount by your gross monthly income, and multiplying that by 100. Its purpose is to calculate your ability to pay for a mortgage. Maintaining a low DTI is crucial because a high DTI can make it hard to be approved for a loan. Typically, a lender favors borrowers who spend 28% or less on housing and 36% or less on monthly debt payments.


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. An EMD can convince a seller to accept an offer by showing how serious and eager a buyer is. The amount of EMD offered typically ranges between 1 and 5%, though it can change depending on the circumstance and the level of market competition. In most cases, the EMD is kept in escrow and, if the deal closes, applied to the cost of buying the house.

As you can see, Three Forks property managers need to be conversant with a wide range of real estate terminology. Knowledge is power when it comes to a competitive market.

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