Real Estate Industry - Glossary of Acronyms


Acronyms are commonly used by real estate professionals. This glossary unveils the respective meanings of approximately 1,150 "mysterious" acronyms related to real estate financing, valuation, brokerage, town and city planning, regional development as well as major organizations, authorities and associations. I'm presenting an "American" glossary. - I hope my British colleagues are not annoyed with me ;-) Editor: Elmar Pfeiffer

A rating single A rating
AA alternatives analysis
AA rating double A rating
AAA Agricultural Adjustment Administration; American Automobile Association
AAA rating triple A rating
AACCCM Anglo-American Cataloguing Committee for Cartographic Materials
AACI Accredited Appraiser Canadian Institute
AADT average annual daily traffic
AAES American Association of Engineering Societies
AAG Association of American Geographers
AAGS American Association for Geodetic Surveying
AAR Association of American Railroads; average annual return
AARLS Arkansas Association of Registered Land Surveyors
AASG American Association of State Geologists
AASHTO American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials
AASPO American Association of Small Property Owners
AB air base
ABA American Bankers Association
ABAG Association of Bay Area Governments (California)
ABMC American Battle Monuments Commission
ABR accredited buyer representative
ABS asset-backed security
ABSM Alberta Bureau of Surveying and Mapping (Canada)
AC air conditioning; asphalt(ic) concrete; acre; aerospace center
ACA American Cartographic Association; American Conservation Association
ACCMP asphalt coated corrugated metal pipe
ACDDS Advanced Cartographic Data Digitizing System
ACE Assistant Construction Engineer
ACEC American Consulting Engineers Council
ACHP Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
ACI American Concrete Institute
ACLS Association of Canadian Lands Surveyors
ACMLA Association of Canadian Map Libraries and Archives
ACMS automated census mapping system
ACRE Association of Commercial Real Estate
ACRS accelerated cost recovery system
ACS Advanced Cartographic Systems; Agricultural Cooperative Service; American Community Survey
ACSM American Congress on Surveying and Mapping
ACSTTO Association of Certified Survey Technicians and Technologists of Ontario (Canada)
AD administrative division
ADA Americans with Disabilities Act (of 1990)
ADDA American Design Drafting Association
ADB Asian Development Bank
ADC acquisition, development, and construction
ADC loan acquisition, development and construction loan
ADD Administration on Developmental Disabilities
ADI areas of dominant influence
ADOT Arizona Department of Transportation
ADOTPF Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities
ADR American Depository Receipt; in der Hotelwirtschaft auch average daily rate
ADT average daily traffic; average daily trips
ADTT average daily truck traffic
ADW Agricultural drainage well
ADWR Arizona Department of Water Resources
AEC Architecture, engineering, construction
AEG Association of Engineering Geologists
AEI Aerial Exposure Index
AEP American Electric Power
AFA American Forestry Association; Automatic fire alarm
AFB Air Force base
AFD agreement for deed
AFDB African Development Bank
AFDF African Development Fund
AFIRE Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate
AFS Air Force station
AFSC Armed Forces Staff College
AFT American Farmland Trust
AGC Association of General Contractors; Associated General Contractors
AGI adjusted gross income
AGIC Alabama Geographic Information Council; Arizona Geographic Information Council
AGIO Arkansas Geographic Information Office
AGIS Automated Geographic Information System
AGRICOLA Agricultural Online Access
AGS American Geographical Society; Alberta Geological Survey
AGSS American Geographical and Statistical Society
AHAB Affordable Housing Advisory Board
AH&LA American Hotel & Lodging Association
AHIC Affordable Housing Investors Council
AHP affordable housing program
AHS automated highway system