Home Inspection A thorough inspection by a professional that evaluates the structural and mechanical condition of a property. In Texas inspectors must be licensed and perform inspections to at least minimum standards from the Texas Real Estate Commission.
Homeowners' Association (HOA) A nonprofit association that manages the common areas of a planned unit development (PUD) or condominium project. In a condominium project, it has no ownership interest in the common elements. In a PUD project, it holds title to the common elements such as parks, neighborhood entrances etc.
Homeowner's Warranty A type of insurance often purchased by homebuyers that will cover repairs to certain items, such as heating or air conditioning, should they break down within the coverage period. The buyer often requests the seller to pay for this coverage as a condition of the sale, but either party can pay.
HUD-1 settlement statement A document that provides an itemized listing of the funds that were paid at closing. Items that appear on the statement include real estate commissions, loan fees, points, and initial escrow (impound) amounts. Each type of expense goes on a specific numbered line on the sheet. The totals at the bottom of the HUD-1 statement define the seller's net proceeds and the buyer's net payment at closing. It is called a HUD1 because the form is printed by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The HUD1 statement is also known as the "closing statement" or "settlement sheet." HUD1 statements were replaced in October of 2015 by the new “Closing Disclosure” for most purchases with a new loan.