Real Estate Glossary: E

Easement
Restriction of the right of ownership for reasons of private interest, general interest or public use. Right of access or use of land by others, for a defined purpose (passage, parking, public utilities, etc.).

Equity
The difference between the price for which a home could be sold and the total debts registered against it. Equity usually increases as the mortgage is reduced through regular payments. Market values and improvements to the property may also affect equity.

Evaluation
Process which consists in estimating the market value of an immovable based on the general condition of its components and its specific features. The evaluation is often the result of a comparison with similar immovables up for sale or having recently been sold in the same area.

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