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Real estate terms starting with V


That which is sufficient in law; effective.


Also known as "home evaluations," they are an analysis of the value of land or property based on market trends and the sales history of similar properties. Popular valuation sites include and Valuations are not the same as appraisal reports of the market value of the subject property prepared by licensed professional appraisers.


A measure of length used in Mexican land grants. It is approximately 33 inches.

Variable Interest Rate

Also called "flexible interest rate." An interest rate that fluctuates as the prevailing rate moves up or down. In mortgages, there are usually maximums as to the frequency and amount of fluctuation.


A departure from the general rule, an exception.


The purchaser of property.


The seller of property.

Vendor's Lien

An implied lien given by law to the vendor for the remaining unpaid and unsecured part of a purchase price.


The county in which a lawsuit is brought or tried. The county in which an acknowledgment is taken.


A sworn statement before a duly qualified officer, e.g., a notary public, that the matters set forth in a pleading or other document are true.


To give an immediate, fixed right in property, with either present or future injoyment of possession; also denotes the manner in which title is held.

Vested Interest

An interest in a property that is fixed or determined.


The present record owner.

Veterans Administration (VA) Loans

Housing loans to veterans by banks, savings and loans, or other lenders that are guaranteed by the Veterans Administration, enabling veterans to buy a residence with little or no down payment.


Binding on no one, constituting a nullity. Something which is conclusively of no effect, the defect of which is not subject to being waived, revitalized or cured by confirmation or ratification.


Sufficiently defective to make void; the deficiency, however, being curable by confirmation or ratification.

Voluntary Lien

A lien intentionally created by a debtor, e.g., mortgage, deed of trust, as contrasted with a judgment lien, which is an involuntary lien.

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