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Real Estate Dictionary

Government Mortgage


A mortgage that is insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) or guaranteed by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) or the Rural Housing Service (RHS). Contrast with conventional mortage.

Grantee


The person to whom an interest in real property is conveyed.

Grantor


The person conveying an interest in real property.

Ground Rent


The amount of money that is paid for the use of land when title to a property is held as a leasehold estate rather than as a fee simple estate.

Group Home


A single-family residential structure designed or adapted for occupancy by unrelated developmentally disabled persons. The structure provides long-term housing and support services that are residential in nature.

Growing-Equity Mortgage (gem)


A fixed-rate mortgage that provides scheduled payment increases over an established period of time, with the increased amount of the monthly payment applied directly toward reducing the remaining balance of the mortgage.

Guarantee Mortgage


A mortgage that is guaranteed by a third party.

Guaranteed Loan


Also known as a government mortgage.