A triangular wall enclosed by the sloping ends of a ridged roof or a triangular decorative feature.
A ridged roof that forms a triangle at each end.
A provision in contracts signed by new buyers that prohibits the owners from publicizing complaints about the builder.
A roof with two slopes, often seen on barns.
The person who hires all of the subcontractors and suppliers for a project.
A government's long-range land-use plan.
A structure constructed of lightweight bars forming a grid of polygons.
Popular throughout the 18th century, this type of architecture is distinguished by a symmetrical facade, prominent front entrance
and quoins-decorative blocks of masonry or wood set in the corners of the house.
A cash gift a buyer receives from a relative or other source. Lenders usually require a "gift letter" stating that the money will not
have to be repaid.
An intricate, almost lacy, wood trim.
Crossbeams that support floor joists.
An estimate from an institutional lender that shows the costs a borrower will incur, including loan-processing charges and
Government National Mortgage Association
Commonly known as Ginnie Mae, this agency buys home loans from lenders, pools them with other loans and sells shares to
investors. Ginnie Mae differs from its cousins, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, in that it only purchases loans backed by the federal
A specified amount of time to make a loan payment after its due date without penalty.
The elevation of land above level ground.
The flat or sloping surface upon which a house is built.
Graduated-payment mortgage (GPM)
A mortgage that requires a borrower to make larger monthly payments over the term of the loan. The payment is unusually low for
the first few years but gradually rises until year three or five, then remains fixed.
Slang term for a separate unit in a house or above the garage, which in the past may have been occupied by an elderly relative.
A person conveyed an interest in a piece of property.
The person who conveys an interest in a piece of property to another person.
Greek Revival style
A style introduced in the U.S. at the end of the 18th century. Its most prominent feature is a pillar-anchored pediment forming a
portico in the front of the house.
Any stretch of park, open space or other natural setting in a community.
The total income of a household before taxes or expenses are subtracted.
Ground fault circuit interrupter
Devices that detect leakage of electrical current to the ground and prevent accidental shock.
The amount of money paid for the use of a piece of property when it is a leasehold estate.
A single-family residence used as a living space for unrelated, developmentally disabled or mentally disabled people.
A fixed rate mortgage that increases payments over a specific period of time. The extra funds are applied to the principal.
A loan guaranteed by a third party, such as a government institution.
Horizontal channels installed at the edge of a roof to carry rainwater or melted snow away from the house.
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