Real Estate Glossary

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Used during a concrete pour this small concrete block supports the rebar so it isn't forced to the bottom.
Abbreviation for the word document.
  1. Structure built into the water from the land providing a facility for boats to tie up.
  2. Loading area for goods at the rear of a commercial building.
Legal rule, principle or tenet.
Recorded materials including letters, photos, reproducible computer files, legal forms, etc. A document is any tangible information including letters, contracts, electronic or paper files, x-rays, receipts or other material evidence.
Document Needs List
List of documents that a lender requires from a potential borrower, such as paycheck stubs and credit card statements.
Documentary Evidence
Any written evidence or tangible material that is coherent and related to the subject at hand. This includes documents, contracts, electronic and paper files, photographs and other non-oral evidence.
Document Stamp
Tax imposed by some state and local governments to record property deeds and mortgages into the public records.
Polygon that is comprised of 12 angles and sides.
Solid figure comprised of 12 adjoining plane surfaces.
Dog Anchor
Heavy metal staple that makes a temporary connection between timbers.
Dog-eared Board Fence
Wooden fence with top corners of the vertical fence boards cut of at 45-degree angles.
Dog House Dormer
Dormer, which is in the shape of a small dog house.
Dog's Tooth
Brick corners which project from a wall.
Directional change.
Coarse-grained Basalt.
Dollar and Percentage Adjustments
Modification in the amount of money involved for some justifiable reason.
  1. Any of several kinds of low, flat, wheeled frames for transporting heavy objects.
  2. Tool that holds a rivet at one end with a head hammered out of the other end.
  3. A stick or board for stirring.
Dolly Varden Siding
Bevel siding that is made with a rabbet or two-sided groove running along the edge which will overlap the top of the board below it.
Vertical piling structure which provides support to and contact with each other.
A convex vaulted curvature often spherical in shape usually built atop of a building. They can be constructed of any material including masonry, wood, glass or steel and can be decorative or functional in nature.
Domed Ceiling
Hemispherical (1/2 of a globe) ceiling projecting upward.
A person's permanent primary residence. Alternately, the state where on has a permanent legal address.
Domiciliary Administrator
One who is considered the primary and principal estate administrator, being in the state where an individual was domiciled at the time of death.
Dominant Tenement
Property that has an easement right through another adjoining property. The property through which the easement passes is considered to have the servient tenement.
One to whom a gift or bequest is made.
One who donates or gives a gift or bequest.
A movable structure for opening or closing an entrance to a building, room, closet, cabinet, etc. They can swing or slide and are normally made of wood or metal.
Door Bevel
When a door has a slight bevel cut on the vertical edge, lock side, of a swinging door, it can clear the edge of the jamb as the door swings but still fit tightly into the jamb.
Door, Bifold
Door consisting of panels with vertical hinges in the center, so that they can fold back upon themselves.
Door Buck
Rough opening into which door framing is installed or the wood or metal jamb on which the finished doorframe is hung.
Door Bypass
Sliding door, often used in closets, installed so that one door passes in front of the other door.
Door Casing
Also called door trim, this molding is used to trim both door and window openings.
Door Chain
Locking device where one end of the chain is attached to the doorjamb or the wall with the other end sliding into a holder on the door. This type of lock allows the door to be opened slightly without being unlocked.
Door Check
Device that slows the closing of a door.
Door Chimes
Doorbell, which makes the sound of, chimes ringing when it is used.
Door Closer
Device that automatically pulls a door, closed at an adjustable speed. Door closers can be single acting, double acting, overhead or floor.
Door, Exterior
Door, which is constructed to be able to be exposed to the outside elements on one or both sides.
Door, Fire
A door designed to resist the passage of fire. Fire doors are rated by the amount of time they can resist the penetration of fire with the time ranging from one-half to three hours. Fire doors are used to close openings in firewalls, so that the door area is no more vulnerable to fire than the wall.
Door, Flush
Door with a thin plywood facing over a core and frame of wood or wood particleboard.
Door Frame
Structure around the door opening where the door is hung.
Door Hardware
Hardware consists of knobs, which are used to open a door and latches, and hinges which allow the door to be opened and closed.
Door Header
Uppermost horizontal doorframe member.
Door, Hollow Core
Door with a thin plywood facing over a hollow core framework.
Door, Interior
Door used to close off a room inside a building and is not designed to be exposed to exterior elements.
Door Jack
A mechanism made of boards, which hold the door erect when it is being worked on before installation.
Door Jamb
Framework surrounding a door opening. Also called a doorpost.
Door Knob
Handle that is used to open or close a door.
Door Lock
Latching device, which secures a door in the closed position.
Door, Panel
Door that has raised or recessed panels in the spaces between exposed rails.
Door Post
Framework surrounding a door opening. Also called a doorjamb.
Door, Prehung
Door that can be set into a structure as a single unit because it has already been installed in its frame in the factory.
Door Pull
Knob, which does not operate a latching mechanism, that opens and closes a door.
Door, Rolling
Type of door that can roll up overhead, because it is made from interlocking, hinged metal panels.
Door Shoe
Weather strips at the bottom of a door to seal out the elements.
Door Sill
Part of an exterior door that runs the full depth and width of the casing on the bottom portion, from the inside to the outside.
Door, Sliding Glass
Door with glass panels and a wooden or metal frame door, that slides on rollers in a track. When there are two doors as part of the mechanism, one is fixed and unmoving and the older sliding past the fixed panel when it's opened.
Door Threshold
  1. A length of wood, masonry, etc. along the bottom of a doorway.
  2. Entrance to a building or room.
  3. The beveled wood or metal strip over the sill of an exterior door.
  4. The beginning point of something.
Door Trim
Also called door casing, this molding is used to trim both door and window opening.
Electrical device at the entrance door, which when pressed, sounds a bell or buzzer inside the home or office to announce visitors.
A large headed, decorative nail that can be used as studding on some doors. They can be ornamental or used to strengthen the door.
  1. Device that is installed near the bottom of a door so that it does not hit an adjacent wall when the door is opened.
  2. Device used to hold a door open at a certain position.
  3. A thin wooden strip attached to the frame of a doorway, against which the door closes.
  1. Opening in a wall meant to be closed by a door.
  2. Passageway or entry into a building or room.
The part of a yard, which is very close to the door.

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