Methods of determining value may be based on many things, such as comparable sales in the area, the cost approach, the income approach, or the highest and best use of the property.Appraised Value –The worth of the property as determined by a professional appraiser. When the value of a property rises, based on economics and market conditions of the area, it appreciates.

Ad Valorem Tax – Charged by local government, this tax is based on the value of the property, as determined by the local government authorities.

Adjustable Rate Mortgage (ARM) - A mortgage whose interest rate over the life of the loan is not necessarily the same as the original interest rate at the loan inception.

A Acceptance - The time at which an offer to purchase is accepted.

The fact that it was accepted must be relayed to the person that made an offer in order for all parties to be bound to the contract.

In years past, the new buyer could take over the loan without having to qualify, but mortgage requirements are now more stringent.

Assumption of mortgage – The act of taking over and accepting legal responsibility for the terms of an existing mortgage. B Back-Up Contract -- A contract or offer that is in a secondary position to an already existing contract.

Bill of Sale – A document that serves as written proof for the transfer of title. Personal property is transferred by a Bill of Sale.

Mortgage companies will not make loans on personal property, and a Bill of Sale may be included with a real estate contract to outline what personal property is being transferred to the new owner.

either the local government or the condominium association) by which to levy a tax or fee on the property owner.