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Abstract of Title
A summary prepared by a licensed abstractor of all documents recorded in the public records of the county where the land is located. An abstract is reviewed by an attorney or other experienced title examiner to determine the status of title.

Abatement
A reduction or decrease. Usually applies to a decrease of assessed valuation of ad valorem taxes after the assessment, and levy.

Acceleration Clause
Clause in a mortgage, which accelerates, or hastens, the time when the indebtedness becomes due. For example, some mortgages contain a provision (an acceleration clause) stating that the note shall become due immediately upon the sale of the land or upon failure to pay interest or an installment of principal and interest.

Accommodation Recording
Recording of instruments with the county recorder by a title company merely as a convenience to a customer and without assumption of responsibility for correctness or validity.

Acknowledgement
A formal declaration before a duly authorized officer (such as a notary public) by a person who has executed an instrument that such execution is his own act and deed. An acknowledgment is necessary to entitle an instrument (with certain specific exceptions) to be recorded, to impart constructive notice of its contents and to entitle the instrument to be used as evidence without further proof. The certificate of acknowledgment is attached to the instrument or incorporated therein.

Adjustable Mortgage Loans ( AML 'S)
Mortgage loans under which the interest rate is periodically adjusted up or down depending on an indicator (e.g. Treasury Bill rate, LIBOR, Prime). The amounts and times of adjustment are agreed to at the inception of the loan. Also called: Adjustable Rate Loans, Adjustable Rate Mortgages ( ARM 'S), Flexible Rate Loans, Variable Rate Loans. (See also: Indexing, Rate Index).

Administrator
A person appointed by the probate court to carry out the administration of a decedent's estate when the decedent has left no will. If a woman is appointed, she is called an administratrix.

Adverse Possession
A process of acquiring title to real property by possession for a certain (statutory) period of time, in addition to fulfilling other conditions.

Affidavit
A written statement or declaration, sworn to before an officer who has authority to administer an oath.

Agent
One who has authorization, either expressed or implied, to act for or represent another party, usually in business matters, such as issuing title insurance policies on behalf of a title insurer for a portion of the premium.

Alta
(American Land Title Association) Organization composed of title insurance firms which sets standards for the industry, including title insurance policy forms used on a national basis.

Amendment
Changes to alter, add to, or correct part of an agreement without changing the principal idea or essence.

Amortized Loan
A loan that is paid off, both interest and principal, by regular payments that are equal or nearly equal.

Annual Percentage Rate (A.P.R.)
The yearly interest percentage of a loan, as expressed by the actual rate of interest paid. For example: 6% add-on interest would be much more than 6% simple interest, even though both would say 6%. The A.P.R. is disclosed as a requirement of federal truth in lending statutes.

Appraisal
An estimate of value of property resulting from analysis of facts about the property; an opinion of value.

Approved Attorney
An attorney whose opinion is acceptable to a title company as the basis for issuance of a title insurance policy by the insurer. The insurer, rather than the attorney, executes the policy.

Assumption
A mortgage that allows a new owner to take over payments. The original borrower usually remains liable on the mortgage note.