property & real estate law

Alienable

An interest in property is alienable if it may be conveyed by one individual to another individual. In general, and by common law, private property is alienable. The classical restraint on alienation was the fee tail, which required its owner to pass...

Alienation

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryIn real estate law, the complete and voluntary transfer of title to real estate from one person to another. The freedom to alienate property is considered essential to complete ownership.

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Alluviation

Alluviation is the gradual shifting of land boundaries caused by the depositing of gravel and sediment by a moving body of water. Alluvion is the actual sediment deposited on the land (e.g. a bank or shore). Under common law, land altered by...

Alluvion

A gradual increase or decrease in land that will change the property lines (for example, as when a stream that serves as a property line slowly changes course). Compare to avulsion (a sudden change which will not alter the property boundry). See...

Alternative Contingent Remainder

A pair of remainders that have opposite conditions precedent.

Ameliorative Waste

In property law, refers to a situation where a tenant makes repairs and improvements on property that increase the value of the property, but, did not ask permission of the landowner or any future interest holders to make these improvements.

APN

See: assessor's parcel number

Appraisal

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryA determination of the value of something, such as a house, jewelry, or stock. A professional appraiser -- a qualified, disinterested expert -- makes an estimate by examining the property, and looking at...

Appraise

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryTo professionally evaluate the value of property, such as real estate, jewelry, antique furniture, or securities; typically done in order to determine the value of assets for insurance coverage, divide...

Appraiser

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryA professional who is hired to determine the current value of real estate or other property. Some appraisers specialize in residential houses for the purpose of setting a sales price or securing a...

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