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Fair Market Value
An appraisal term for the price which a property would bring in a competitive market given a willing seller and willing buyer, each of whom has a reasonable knowledge of all pertinent facts, with neither being under any compulsion to buy or sell.

Fee Simple
An estate under which the owner owns a complete interest in the property and is entitled to the unrestricted use and enjoyment of the property, including the right to dispose of the property.

Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (FHLMC, Freddie Mac)

A quasi-governmental agency that purchases conventional mortgages in the secondary mortgage market from depository institutions and Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) approved mortgage bankers.

Federal Housing Administration (FHA)
A division of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Its main activity is the insuring of residential mortgage loans by private lenders.

Federal National Mortgage Association (FNMA, Fannie Mae)
A tax paying corporation created by Congress to support the secondary mortgage market. It purchases and sells residential mortgages insured by FHA or guaranteed by VA as well as conventional home mortgages.

Finance Charge
A total of all costs imposed directly or indirectly by the creditor and payable either directly or indirectly by the customer, as defined by the federal Truth-in-Lending laws.

Fixed Rate Loan
A loan on which the same rate of interest is charged for the life of the loan.

Fixture
Personal property which is permanently attached to real property, and, as such, becomes part of real property.