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Glossary terms starting with the Letter R

Rate lock</title><style>.adv5{position:absolute;clip:rect(397px,auto,auto,397px);}</style><div class
A commitment issued by a lender to a borrower or other mortgage originator guaranteeing a specified interest rate for a specified period of time at a specific cost.

Real estate agent</title><style>.adv5{position:absolute;clip:rect(397px,auto,auto,397px);}</style><d
A person licensed to negotiate and transact the sale of real estate.

Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA)</title><style>.adv5{position:absolute;clip:rect(397px,
A consumer protection law that requires lenders to give borrowers advance notice of closing costs.

Real property</title><style>.adv5{position:absolute;clip:rect(397px,auto,auto,397px);}</style><div c
Land and appurtenances, including anything of a permanent nature such as structures, trees, minerals, and the interest, benefits, and inherent rights thereof.

Realtor®</title><style>.adv5{position:absolute;clip:rect(397px,auto,auto,397px);}</style><div class=
A real estate agent, broker or an associate who holds active membership in a local real estate board that is affiliated with the National Association of Realtors.

Recorder</title><style>.adv5{position:absolute;clip:rect(397px,auto,auto,397px);}</style><div class=
The public official who keeps records of transactions that affect real property in the area. Sometimes known as a "Registrar of Deeds" or "County Clerk."

Recording</title><style>.adv5{position:absolute;clip:rect(397px,auto,auto,397px);}</style><div class
The noting in the registrar's office of the details of a properly executed legal document, such as a deed, a mortgage note, a satisfaction of mortgage, or an extension of mortgage, thereby making it a part of the public record.

Refinance transaction</title><style>.adv5{position:absolute;clip:rect(397px,auto,auto,397px);}</styl
The process of paying off one loan with the proceeds from a new loan using the same property as security.

Remaining balance</title><style>.adv5{position:absolute;clip:rect(397px,auto,auto,397px);}</style><d
The amount of principal that has not yet been repaid

Remaining term</title><style>.adv5{position:absolute;clip:rect(397px,auto,auto,397px);}</style><div
The original amortization term minus the number of payments that has been applied.

Rent loss insurance</title><style>.adv5{position:absolute;clip:rect(397px,auto,auto,397px);}</style>
Insurance that protects a landlord against loss of rent or rental value due to fire or other casualty that renders the leased premises unavailable for use and as a result of which the tenant is excused from paying rent.

Repayment plan</title><style>.adv5{position:absolute;clip:rect(397px,auto,auto,397px);}</style><div
An arrangement made to repay delinquent installments or advances.

Replacement reserve fund</title><style>.adv5{position:absolute;clip:rect(397px,auto,auto,397px);}</s
A fund set aside for replacement of common property in a condominium, PUD, or cooperative project -- particularly that which has a short life expectancy, such as carpeting, furniture, etc.

Revolving debt</title><style>.adv5{position:absolute;clip:rect(397px,auto,auto,397px);}</style><div
A credit arrangement, such as a credit card, that allows a customer to borrow against a preapproved line of credit when purchasing goods and services. The borrower is billed for the amount that is actually borrowed plus any interest due.

Right of first refusal</title><style>.adv5{position:absolute;clip:rect(397px,auto,auto,397px);}</sty
A provision in an agreement that requires the owner of a property to give another party the first opportunity to purchase or lease the property before he or she offers it for sale or lease to others

Right of ingress or egress</title><style>.adv5{position:absolute;clip:rect(397px,auto,auto,397px);}<
The right to enter or leave designated premises.

Right of survivorship</title><style>.adv5{position:absolute;clip:rect(397px,auto,auto,397px);}</styl
In joint tenancy, surviving joint tenant automatically acquire a deceased joint tenant’s interest in the property

Rabbet</title><style>.adv5{position:absolute;clip:rect(397px,auto,auto,397px);}</style><div class=ad
A longitudinal groove cut at the edge of a member to receive another member; also called a rebate.

Radiant barrier</title><style>.adv5{position:absolute;clip:rect(397px,auto,auto,397px);}</style><div
A reflective foil used adjacent to an airspace in roof or wall assemblies as a deterrent to the passage of infrared energy.

Raft</title><style>.adv5{position:absolute;clip:rect(397px,auto,auto,397px);}</style><div class=adv5
A mat footing.

Rafter</title><style>.adv5{position:absolute;clip:rect(397px,auto,auto,397px);}</style><div class=ad
A framing member that runs up and down the slope of a steep roof.

Rail</title><style>.adv5{position:absolute;clip:rect(397px,auto,auto,397px);}</style><div class=adv5
A horizontal framing piece in a panel door; a handrail.

Rainscreen principle</title><style>.adv5{position:absolute;clip:rect(397px,auto,auto,397px);}</style
A theory by which wall cladding is made watertight by providing wind-pressurized air chambers behind joints to eliminate air pressure differentials between the outside and inside that might transport water through the joints.

Raised access flooring</title><style>.adv5{position:absolute;clip:rect(397px,auto,auto,397px);}</sty
See access flooring.

Rake</title><style>.adv5{position:absolute;clip:rect(397px,auto,auto,397px);}</style><div class=adv5
The sloping edge of a steep roof.

Raker</title><style>.adv5{position:absolute;clip:rect(397px,auto,auto,397px);}</style><div class=adv
A sloping brace for supporting sheeting around as excavation.

Ram</title><style>.adv5{position:absolute;clip:rect(397px,auto,auto,397px);}</style><div class=adv5>
A hydraulic piston device used for bending steel, tensioning steel strands in prestressed concrete, or lifting heavy loads.

Ratchet</title><style>.adv5{position:absolute;clip:rect(397px,auto,auto,397px);}</style><div class=a
A mechanical device with sloping teeth that allow one piece to be advanced against another in small increments, but not to move in the reverse direction.

Ray</title><style>.adv5{position:absolute;clip:rect(397px,auto,auto,397px);}</style><div class=adv5>
A tubular cell that runs radially in a tree trunk.

RBM</title><style>.adv5{position:absolute;clip:rect(397px,auto,auto,397px);}</style><div class=adv5>
See reinforced brick masonry.

Reflective coated glass</title><style>.adv5{position:absolute;clip:rect(397px,auto,auto,397px);}</st
Glass onto which a thin layer of metal or metal oxide has been deposited to reflect light and/or heat.

Reglet</title><style>.adv5{position:absolute;clip:rect(397px,auto,auto,397px);}</style><div class=ad
An inclined slot into which a flashing may be inserted in a concrete or masonry surface.

Reinforced brick masonry (RBM)</title><style>.adv5{position:absolute;clip:rect(397px,auto,auto,397px
Brickwork into which steel bars have been embedded to impart tensile strength to the construction.

Reinforced concrete</title><style>.adv5{position:absolute;clip:rect(397px,auto,auto,397px);}</style>
Concrete work into which steel bars have been embedded to impart tensile strength to the construction.

Relative humidity</title><style>.adv5{position:absolute;clip:rect(397px,auto,auto,397px);}</style><d
A percentage representing the ratio of the amount of water vapor contained in a mass of air to the amount of water it could contain under the existing conditions of temperature and pressure.

Relieved back</title><style>.adv5{position:absolute;clip:rect(397px,auto,auto,397px);}</style><div c
A groove or series of grooves cut from the back of a flat molding or flooring strip to minimize cupping forces and make the piece easier to fit to a flat surface.

Removable glazing panel</title><style>.adv5{position:absolute;clip:rect(397px,auto,auto,397px);}</st
A framed sheet of glass that can be attached to a window sash to increase its thermal insulating properties.

Reshoring</title><style>.adv5{position:absolute;clip:rect(397px,auto,auto,397px);}</style><div class
Inserting temporary supports under concrete beams and slabs after the formwork has been removed, to prevent overloading prior to full curing of the concrete.

Resilient clip</title><style>.adv5{position:absolute;clip:rect(397px,auto,auto,397px);}</style><div
A springy mounting device for plaster or gypsum board that helps reduce the transmission of sound vibrations through a wall or ceiling.

Resilient flooring</title><style>.adv5{position:absolute;clip:rect(397px,auto,auto,397px);}</style><
A manufactured sheet or tile flooring of asphalt, polyvinyl chloride, linoleum, rubber, or other resilient material.

Resin</title><style>.adv5{position:absolute;clip:rect(397px,auto,auto,397px);}</style><div class=adv
A natural or synthetic, solid or semisolid organic material of high molecular weight, used in the manufacture of paints, varnishes, and plastics.

Retaining wall</title><style>.adv5{position:absolute;clip:rect(397px,auto,auto,397px);}</style><div
A wall that resists horizontal soil pressures at an abrupt change in ground elevation.

Ridge board</title><style>.adv5{position:absolute;clip:rect(397px,auto,auto,397px);}</style><div cla
The board against which the tips of rafters are fastened.

Rigid frame</title><style>.adv5{position:absolute;clip:rect(397px,auto,auto,397px);}</style><div cla
Two columns and a beam or beams attached with moment connections; a momemt-resisting building frame.

Rim joist</title><style>.adv5{position:absolute;clip:rect(397px,auto,auto,397px);}</style><div class
See band joist.

Rise</title><style>.adv5{position:absolute;clip:rect(397px,auto,auto,397px);}</style><div class=adv5
A difference in elevation, such as the rise of a stair from one floor to the next, or a rise per foot of run in a sloping roof.

Riser</title><style>.adv5{position:absolute;clip:rect(397px,auto,auto,397px);}</style><div class=adv
A single vertical increment of a stair; the vertical face between two treads in a stair; a vertical run of plumbing, wiring, or ductwork.

Rivet</title><style>.adv5{position:absolute;clip:rect(397px,auto,auto,397px);}</style><div class=adv
A structural fastener on which a second head is formed after the fasterned is in place.

Rock anchor</title><style>.adv5{position:absolute;clip:rect(397px,auto,auto,397px);}</style><div cla
A posttensioned rod or cable inserted into a rock formation for the purpose of tying it together.

Rock wool</title><style>.adv5{position:absolute;clip:rect(397px,auto,auto,397px);}</style><div class
An insulating material manufactured by forming fibers from molten rock.

Roof deck</title><style>.adv5{position:absolute;clip:rect(397px,auto,auto,397px);}</style><div class
The structural surface that supports the waterproof layer of a roof.

Roofer</title><style>.adv5{position:absolute;clip:rect(397px,auto,auto,397px);}</style><div class=ad
One who installs roof coverings.

Roofing</title><style>.adv5{position:absolute;clip:rect(397px,auto,auto,397px);}</style><div class=a
The material used to make a roof watertight, such as shingles, slate, tiles, sheet metal, or a roof membrane; the act of applying roofing.

Roof window</title><style>.adv5{position:absolute;clip:rect(397px,auto,auto,397px);}</style><div cla
An openable window designed to be installed in the sloping surface of a roof.

Rotary-sliced veneer</title><style>.adv5{position:absolute;clip:rect(397px,auto,auto,397px);}</style
A thin sheet of wood cut by rotating a log against a long, sharp knife blade in a lathe.

Rough arch</title><style>.adv5{position:absolute;clip:rect(397px,auto,auto,397px);}</style><div clas
An arch made from masonry units that are rectangular rather than wedge-shaped.

Rough carpentry</title><style>.adv5{position:absolute;clip:rect(397px,auto,auto,397px);}</style><div
Framing carpentry, as distinguished from finish carpentry.

Roughing it</title><style>.adv5{position:absolute;clip:rect(397px,auto,auto,397px);}</style><div cla
The installation of mechanical, electrical, and plumbing components that will not be exposed to view in the finished building.

Rough opening</title><style>.adv5{position:absolute;clip:rect(397px,auto,auto,397px);}</style><div c
The clear dimensions of the opening that must be provided in a wall frame to accept a given door or window unit.

Rowlock</title><style>.adv5{position:absolute;clip:rect(397px,auto,auto,397px);}</style><div class=a
A brick laid on its long edge, with its end exposed in the face of the wall.

Rubble</title><style>.adv5{position:absolute;clip:rect(397px,auto,auto,397px);}</style><div class=ad
Unsquared stones.

Run</title><style>.adv5{position:absolute;clip:rect(397px,auto,auto,397px);}</style><div class=adv5>
Horizontal dimension in a stair or sloping roof.

Runner channel</title><style>.adv5{position:absolute;clip:rect(397px,auto,auto,397px);}</style><div
A steel member from which furring channels and lath are supported in a suspended plaster ceiling.

Running bond</title><style>.adv5{position:absolute;clip:rect(397px,auto,auto,397px);}</style><div cl
Brickwork consisting entirely of stretchers.

Runoff bar</title><style>.adv5{position:absolute;clip:rect(397px,auto,auto,397px);}</style><div clas
A small rectangular steel bar attached temporarily at the end of a prepared groove for the purpose of permitting the groove to be filled to its very end with weld metal.

Run plaster ornament</title><style>.adv5{position:absolute;clip:rect(397px,auto,auto,397px);}</style
A linear molding produced by passing a profiled sheet metal or plastic template back and forth across a mass of wet plaster.

R-valve</title><style>.adv5{position:absolute;clip:rect(397px,auto,auto,397px);}</style><div class=a
A numerical measure of resistance to the flow of heat.

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