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Terms starting with 'H':
HALF-SECTION:
320 acres.
HAZARD INSURANCE:
Insurance covering damage to a property caused by hazards such as fire, wind and accident.
HEADER:
The framing elements above an opening such as a window or door.
HEARTH:
The floor of a fireplace or the area immediately in front of it.
HEIGHT ZONING:
A municipal restriction on the maximum height of any building or other structure.
HIDDEN AMENITIES:
Assets of a property which contribute to its value, but are not readily apparent. Examples might include upgraded or premium building materials.
HIGHEST AND BEST USE:
The most profitable and likely use of a property. Selected from reasonably probable and legal alternative uses, which are found to be physically possible, appropriately supported and financially feasible to result in the highest possible land value.
HOME EQUITY CONVERSION MORTGAGE (HECM):
Also known as a reverse annuity mortgage. It allows home owners (usually older) to convert equity in the home into cash. Normally paid by the lender in monthly payments. HECM's typically do not have to be repaid until the borrower is no longer occupying the home.
HOME EQUITY LINE OF CREDIT:
A type of mortgage loan that allows the borrower to draw cash against the equity in his home.
HOME INSPECTION:
A complete examination of a building to determine its structural integrity and uncover any defects in materials or workmanship which may adversely affect the property or decrease its value.
HOME INSPECTOR:
A person who performs professional home inspections. Usually, with an extensive knowledge of house construction methods, common house problems, how to identify those problems and how to correct them.
HOMEOWNER'S ASSOCIATION:
An organization of home owners in a particular neighborhood or development formed to facilitate the maintenance of common areas and to enforce any building restrictions or covenants.
HOMEOWNER'S INSURANCE:
A policy which covers a home owner for any loss of property due to accident, intrusion or hazard.
HOMEOWNER'S WARRANTY:
An insurance policy covering the repair of systems and appliances within the home for the coverage period.
HUD MEDIAN INCOME:
Median family income for a particular county or metropolitan statistical area (MSA), as estimated by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
HUD-1 STATEMENT:
A standardized, itemized list, published by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), of all anticipated CLOSING COSTS connected with a particular property purchase.

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