Real Estate Glossary
This glossary was created by a team of real estate professionals. It contains terms regarding real estate buying and selling, home finance, home improvement, as well as legal terms. For your convenience, the glossary is searchable alphabetically.
zero lot line
A term generally used to describe the positioning of a structure on a lot so that
one side rests directly on the lot's boundary line (no set back). Where allowed
by zoning and/or deed restrictions, it is used for "patio homes".
Exercise of police power of city in regulating and controlling the character or
use of property. Zoning laws divide cities into different areas according to use,
from single-family residences to industrial plants. Zoning ordinances control
the size, location, and use of buildings within these different areas. Houston
is the largest city in the U.S. without zoning. Most of the other cities and villages
within the Houston Metropolitan Area do have zoning regulations