The valuation placed on a property for the purposes of taxation by an authority.
The transfer of a mortgage or lease from one person to another.
A short term loan (usually at a higher rate) taken out to cover the financial gap between buying a new property and selling an existing property.
Local Council regulations that control design, construction and materials used in construction.
When the demand for property is less than supply so the advantages shift to the buyer.
All Salespeople in real estate who have not qualified by exam to be an Associate (AREINZ), who are employed by a licensed Real Estate Agent.
Certificate of Occupancy
A document issued by a local government to a developer permitting the structure to be occupied. This generally indicates that the building is in compliance with public health and building codes.
Certificate of Title
A description of a property with the name of the registered owner, encumbrances, i.e.: mortgages or easements on the property. It must be produced by the vendor before the sale of the property.
Moveable and removable items of personal property. In real estate transactions, chattels included in the sale usually include the stove, television aerial, carpets, blinds, curtains, drapes and light fittings. However, unless chattels are specified in the agreement, they are not sold as part of the property.
Special Conditions in a Sale & Purchase Agreement
Conditional upon a Specialist Report
Conditional upon the sale of the purchaser’s property
Conditional upon an existing agreement
Conditional upon a LIM report
Conditional upon Finance
A title that is free of or legal questions as to ownership of the property.
An asset (such as a car or a home) that guarantees the repayment of a loan. The borrower risks losing the asset if the loan is not repaid according to the terms of the loan contract.
A proportion (usually a percentage) of the sale price of a property paid to a real estate agent for negotiating a real estate transaction.
This is a legally binding contract, but it is subject to conditions being satisfied, usually by the purchaser. The conditions will be detailed in the agreement and may, for example, require that you are able to sell your existing home by a set date or to arrange finance by a certain date. Conditions can also be included by the purchaser that require the seller to do something by a specified date - for example, that settlement will take place only on the conditions that the house is painted, the windows repaired or that rubbish around the section is removed. Note: Purchasers' conditions usually do not prevent the sale-taking place, but may allow the purchaser to delay settlement without penalty or claim damages if the conditions are not met in time.
Terms, conditions and restrictions noted on the title. A covenant may affect future plans or resale of the property.
A record of an individual’s current and repaid debts which is usually used by a lender to assess the risk of a potential borrower.
A report of an individual’s credit history prepared by a credit bureau and used by a lender in determining a loan applicant’s creditworthiness.
This type of ownership is common where there is more than one home on a block of land. You are all owners of the land and you each lease your home. The lease will usually provide for an exclusive use area for each cross-lessee. It's like owning a freehold property but there are some restrictions. Another form of ownership for more than one home on a block of land is a unit title.
A legal document conveying title to a property.
Failure to make mortgage payments regularly or to comply with other requirements of the mortgage.
A percentage of the purchase price given to bind the sale of real estate.
A right that someone has to use the land belonging to another, eg: a water authority may have a sewerage easement across part of your property.
Exclusive Listing/Sole Listing
A written contract that gives a licensed real estate agent the exclusive right to sell a property for a specified time.
The greatest possible interest a person can have in real estate.
Fixed Rate Mortgage
A mortgage in which the interest rate does not change during the term of the loan.
Fixed items that cannot be removed without damaging either the property or the fixture itself, eg: cupboards.
The footing supports the building on its foundation.
The legal process by which a borrower in default under a mortgage is deprived of his or her interest in the mortgaged property. This usually results in the selling the property by auction and the proceeds being used to service the mortgage debt.
An estate in real property which continues for an indefinite period of time. Freehold estates may be inheritable or non-inheritable. Inheritable estates include the fee simple absolute, the qualified fee, and the fee tail. Non-inheritable estates include various life estates which are created by acts of parties, such as an ordinary life estate, or by operation of law.
A thorough inspection that evaluates the structural and mechanical condition of a property.
LIM Report (Land Information Memorandum)
A LIM is a report prepared by the local Council at your request. It provides a summary of property information held by the Council as at the day the LIM was produced.
A LIM provides some or all of the following:
The Memorandum may also include:
The price at which a seller is happy to sell and a buyer is willing to buy. This assumes that there is sufficient activity in the marketplace to generate enough buyers and sellers so that neither party controls the price. Establishing the market value is the objective of an appraisal.
PIM (Project Information Memorandum)
A report giving information on items such as potential erosion, subsidence, hazardous contaminants, stormwater. It may also include classifications under organisations such as the Dept. of Conservation or Historic Places Trust, as well as authorisations required by the Resource Management Act.
A pricing method used by some Real Estate companies, meaning Price On Application.
The amount borrowed or still to be repaid. The part of the monthly payment that reduces the balance of the mortgage.
A buyer who has satisfied a lender that he or she is financially able to qualify for a loan. Qualifying the buyer is one of the primary steps taken by the lender as part of the loan process.
Real Estate Agent
A person or Company licensed to negotiate and transact the sale or lease of real estate on behalf of the property owner.
The process of paying off one loan with the proceeds from a new loan using the same property as security.
When demand for property is greater than supply. The result is greater opportunities for owners who may find someone willing to offer the asking price or even a figure greater than the asking price.
Also called Duplex. A type of construction where two buildings are attached together by a common wall.
Service (the loan)
The period, normally monthly, collection of mortgage interest and principal repayment and other related expenses, such as property taxes and property insurance.
The sale of a property is finalized by the legal representatives of the vendor and the purchaser, mortgage documents come into effect, costs are paid and the new owner takes possession of the property and receives the keys.
A sole or exclusive agency precludes all other agents from working on the disposal of the property, although another agent may approach the sole agent if the former has a suitable client. But even then the sole agent would finalise the deal.
A condition that must be met before the contract is legally binding. For example, if buying a home the purchaser may specify that the contract is not legally binding until the purchaser has obtained a building inspection and been satisfied by the report.
A title to a unit or lot on a plan of subdivision associated with townhouses, units and blocks of flats and based on the horizontal and vertical subdivision of air space. Owners have a certificate of title, are absolute owners of a freehold flat and have an undivided share of the common property.
A legal document evidencing a person’s right to or ownership of a property.
A check of the title records to ensure that the seller is the legal owner of the property and that there are no other claims or outstanding.
The legal contract that binds both the purchaser and the seller to settle on the agreed date at the agreed price. It is either not subject to any conditions or those conditions have already been satisfied. You should only consider entering an unconditional agreement if and when you are absolutely sure you want to buy a particular property and you already have the full purchase price or 'pre-approved' loan finance from a lender. You should also be confident that there are no other issues or requirements that must be satisfied before you are committed to purchase the property. An unconditional agreement commits you to purchasing the property.
Early possession of the property before settlement with the permission of the vendor. This usually involves the payment of rent.
Supports placed under an existing wall to provide added strength.
A loan that is not backed up by assets or guarantee.
The private or public service facilities such as gas, electricity, telephone, water and sewer that are provided as part of the development of the land.
A written analysis of the estimated value of a property prepared by a qualified valuer.
The person or entity legally authorised to sell a property.