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Glossary of Terms beginning with J



The side of a doorframe.

Joint Tenancy

A situation where two or more parties own a piece of property together. Each of the owners has an equal share, and may not dispose of or alter that share without the consent of the other owners.


Horizontal beams laid on edge to support flooring or a ceiling.


An official court decision. If the judgment requires payment from one party to another, the court may put a lien against the payee's property as collateral.

Judicial Foreclosure

A type of foreclosure conducted as a civil suit in a court of law.

Jumbo Loan

A mortgage loan for an amount greater than the limits set by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Often called non-conforming loans.

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