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In this vocabulary sheet, we are going to introduce you to some real estate terms, and more particularly:

  • Tips to learn real estate vocabulary for beginners;
  • A list of words and their meanings for intermediate level learners;
  • A list of words and their meanings for advanced learners;
  • Some common expressions.

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Learn Real Estate Vocabulary Words for Beginners

A classic way to learn vocabulary is to make vocabulary cards. To memorise vocabulary more easily, use a mental image for each new word. This way, everyone can use one’s imagination, memories or emotions.

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Real Estate Vocabulary: List of Words for Intermediate Learners

AffordableHousing for sale or rent, available at below-market rate, often for low-income households.
As-isMay mean to sell the estate in the state it is at a given time. It may also refer to a lesser value of the good
Beach frontA property facing and overlooking the sea
Blind offerIt’s a sale of a property without viewing it, which often happens when the property is of great value and one have to be swift to be able to purchase it
Buyer’s agentHe or she’s an intermediary between two or more parties for the carrying out of a real estate’s purchase. He or she must be the holder of a professional card, subject to professional aptitude and character requirements
Conventional saleIt is a sale of a freehold property. When there’s no remaining mortgage to be paid by the first owner
Counter offerIt’s an act in which a seller expresses his or her disagreement with the buyer’s offer to purchase a property. This dissatisfaction is usually related to the price, and the seller then submits a new price offer
Double vanityDuplicate pieces of furniture in the bathroom
Due diligenceA period of time given to the buyer for him or her to make any necessary checks on the property’s status before closing the sale
Ensuite bathroomA bathroom that opens directly into a bedroom as a suite of rooms
EquityIt’s the net value of a real estate , and in this case is the difference between the market value and the mortgage balance
FencedA property surrounded by a separation device to protect the property from intrusion
HistoricalTo qualify a property as historical, it must have three criteria: enough aging, good preservation and a significant history. In all cases, there must not have been any change in its appearance
HouseholdAll the inhabitants of the same dwelling, considered as the main residence, regardless of whether these people are bound by family ties or not
InvestmentIt’s the acquisition of a property not for living in it, but as a savings strategy to generate income, for example by renting it
IntimateOften describes a secure private property, protected from the outside environment
Lake frontA real estate with a view on a lake.
LocatedDescribes the precise whereabouts of the property
ModernIt’s a style of dwelling made of specific materials for its construction and complying with a set of environmental and energy standards required nowadays
NegotiableA property that can be sold or achieved without any further restrictions, procedures or statements
NewIt’s a dwelling that was built no more than five years ago, that had never been sold by its first owner and where no one ever lived
OfferIt’s a legal act by which a potential buyer informs the seller of his or her willingness to buy the property at a given price
Purchase and sale agreementIt closes the real estate transaction and is immediately followed by the handover of the property from the seller to the buyer
Real estate agentHe or she represents two or more parties as an intermediary in the purchase price, sale or rental of real estate, business assets or company shares
Real estate marketIt's the market for over the counter real estate transactions where selling owners hand real estate to buyers in exchange for a price

Real Estate Vocabulary: List of Words for Advanced Learners

AlluringA real estate which has a great appeal to its prospective buyers by its charm and qualities
Back up offerIt’s a prospective buyer who submits an acquisition offer in case the current buyer withdraws. He can pay earnest amount of money for this operation
Beamed wood ceilingIt’s the horizontal surface that constitutes the upper part of a room or any enclosed space and is in this case made up of a traditional wooden structure
Closing costsThey cover a variety of costs and fees associated with closing your mortgage loan, including legal and administrative fees that you will have to pay before or after the closing date of your property purchase. These costs aren’t part of your mortgage payments
Days on market (DOM)This is the length of time between the moment the real estate is listed as for sale and the moment a buyer has signed a contract. The real estate is then removed from display
Escrow holderAny person, natural or legal, not necessarily a financial organisation, who is entrusted with the responsibility for the property of a person deposited in trust and who must ensure that all the clauses of the trust deed are respected
FHA LoansFederal Housing Administration loans have competitive interest rates, smaller deposits and lower closing costs than conventional loans
IbuyerIt’s a company that uses technology to make a quick offer on your home. It handles the entire process of buying, renovating and reselling your property. This service gives you the assurance and the timing of a sale
MinimalistIt aims at a return to the essential where the redundant has no place. Simple living spaces, sober colours and simple furniture are the characteristics of this style of decoration
QuaintA property referred to as original, it might be something old, which is different from what is currently seen
Short sellThe sale of the property is concluded below its value, or at least below the funds needed to pay off the fixed rate mortgage. The lender must therefore take some extra safeguards, which makes this sale more complex than a conventional sale
Termit reportIt’s a document that must be carried out in classified termite areas. It is a diagnosis on the existence or not of termites in a dwelling.
X-car garageA reference to a garage that can house several cars in a real estate sale’s advertisement

List of Some Terms and Expressions Related to Real Estate

Let’s go over some expressions regarding real estate businesses.


The act of housing an individual under one’s roof, to receive, provide food and lodging for a guest momentarily.

Buying a property:

Becoming the owner of a property after having paid the cost bid by its seller.


A stocky, mainly wooden mountain dwelling with loggias and an oversized roof, or a leisure dwelling of the same design, made of hardwood materials.


An open space that may or may not be tied to a building. It can be on the ground floor or on a raised level. It can be made of wood, tiles, stone or in a simple concrete slab.


A housing unit, with a certain number of rooms, which covers only a part of a building, most often located in a city.


A kind of big door on an enclosure surrounding a house.


Someone who owns a legally held good.


A space often glassed in against a house, usually used as a small sitting room.

Renting a property:

To grant the use of a dwelling in return for regular payment while remaining the property owner.

Selling a property:

A transaction that transfers ownership of real estate to another person in exchange for payment.


A person occupying a dwelling in exchange for a rent payment to the owner.

Walking distance:

Meaning in a place close to a specified key location.


Price of a property that is below its real value, its buyer will benefit from it.

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