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Encyclopedia of Real Estate Terms and Real Estate reference book

The Encyclopedia of Real Estate Terms is the most COMPREHENSIVE book on real estate terminology.

This 1,536-page Encyclopedia, now in its Third Edition, has three main aims: (i) to provide a clear and precise explanation of the meaning of a particular word or phrase (although legal and technical explanations proliferate, every effort has been made to avoid, as far as possible, the jargon or the cumbersome phraseology that has grown up around this subject); (ii) to help the user find an answer to many of the questions that occur in real estate today (if not directly, then by reference to a considerable number of other major sources); and (iii) to point out where a problem might occur upon which, when required, further advice and counsel should be sought.

The Encyclopedia defines and explains in detail the meaning and significance of over 10,000 real estate terms (including terms from accounting, banking, brokerage, contract, economics, finance, insurance, personal property, taxation and tort).

This comprehensive real estate encyclopedia contains more than 15,000 citations (including over 5,700 cases and 1,900 statutory or code references that are relevant to real estate law and practice). Some 25,000 cross references provide a veritable thesaurus and a source for real estate synonyms and antonyms. There are over 7,000 real estate and related bibliographical references, many of which are referenced by page or paragraph number, enabling the User to go to the appropriate book, or one of many online services, to find further information. There are references to many useful web sites, such as real estate organization, government bodies, major reference works such as USPAP, the RICS 'Red Book', the International Valuation Standards, and much much more.

In addition, the Third Edition has a significant number of French property terms explained in English, with extensive statutory and bibliographical references.

The Encyclopedia of Real Estate Terms is an essential reference work for all professionals confronted with the complexities of the modern real estate world. It will prove invaluable to any appraiser, real estate lawyer, realtor, accountant, manager, as well as all students. Whether you are a lender, buying or selling real estate, facing foreclosure, seeking a mortgage, or otherwise involved in real estate investment, you will find this encyclopedia essential.

Our purchasers (libraries, law firms, real estate firms (including REITs), banks, universities, accountants, etc.) attests to the wide range of users.



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Shorter Encyclopedia of Real Estate Terms

Based on the Second Edition of the highly-acclaimed Encyclopedia of Real Estate Terms, the Shorter Encyclopedia defines and explains over 7,500 real property terms and related definitions, supplemented by more than 1,000 citations (cases, statutes and other authorities), 20,000 cross references and over 400 bibliographical references.


Compare the Shorter Encyclopedia with the Third Edition.


The primary focus of these Encyclopedias is American and English real estate practice. However, they are truly international in scope with material from Australian, Canadian, New Zealand, as well as terms from Scots Law, Civil Law and Latin terms. All of this is supplemented by the additional research resources to create a reference work that transcends any other real estate glossary, dictionary or enyclopedia.



red arrow   Click on any of the following real estate terms to see it defined and explained as in the Third Edition:


abandonment; bargain; commission; cost approach; démembrements(F); easement; estoppel (including equitable estoppel, legal estoppel, promissory estoppel, proprietary estoppel, quasi-estoppel and estoppel by acquiescence); fixture; good repair; letter of intent; licence by estoppel; money; mortgage-backed security (MBS) or mortgage-backed obligation (MBO); multiple listing(US); noscitur a sociis(Lat); police power/taken for public use; possibility of reverter; quiet enjoyment; real covenant(US); rent; spot zoning; title insurance; Torrens title system; unvalued policy; usufruit(F); value; wraparound mortgage(US); zone(F) or zone à urbaniser par priorité (ZUP)(F);   and more ...


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