Real Estate Terminology: H

Legally a person who inherits or who has the rights to inherit the property of another upon the death of that person.

Heritage Property:
Land and structures identified as historically significant and worthy of protection for the inheritance of the future generations.

High-Ratio Mortgage:
A mortgage that exceeds the normal limit for a conventional first mortgage for a property's appraised value or purchase price and is insured through a mortgage insurance plan.

Highest and Best Use:
A concept in real estate appraisal that shows how the highest value for a property is arrived at. In any case where the market value of real property is sought, that value must be based on its highest and best use. Highest and best use is always that use that would produce the highest value for a property, regardless of its actual current use.

A term relating to the withholding of a specified amount for a stipulated length of time, typically a percentage of the total payment. Terminology and procedures may vary by jurisdiction.

Holding Period:
The lenght of time that a property is held before disposition.

Home Inspection:
The process of non-invasive examination of the condition of a property, often in connection with the sale of that property. Usually a qualified home inspector examines and evaluates various components of a building including but not limited to structural aspects, roofing system, electrical, plumbing, insulation, ventilation, exterior structure and related.

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Your credit, income and down payment are 3 main factors that will be considered before you get approved for a mortgage.
One way to help boost your down payment is to borrow money from your RRSP.
Don’t make any big purchases before getting approved for a mortgage.