Glossary of Israeli Real Estate Terms

Whether you are interested in the real estate of Israel or not, as long as you live here or just planning to, these terms will help you to get along and ease your communication with different professionals.

BHII is here for you to define and help pronounce correctly some of the most commonly used terms of local real estate.

General

Baalút[בעלות] – Ownership
Bédek Báyit[בדק בית] – Home inspection
Dméi Schirút[דמי שכירות] – Rental payment
Dud chashmál[דוד חשמל] – Electric boiler, water heater 
Dud shémesh[דוד שמש] – Sun-heated boiler
Dúnam – 1,000 sq.m (10,764 sq.ft)
Iriyá[עירייה] – Municipality
Kárka[קרקע] - Land
Kárka pratít[קרקע פרטית] – Private land
Koné [קונה] - Buyer
Maskír[משכיר] – Landlord, renter
Mechír[מחיר] – Price
Mocheŕ[מוכר] - Seller
Nadlán[נדל"ן] – Real estate
Nof[נוף] - View
Nof la yam [נוף לים] – Sea view
Shétach - [שטח] – Area, property size
Sochér[שוכר] – Tenant

Legal

Chozé[חוזה] - Contract
Chozé schirút[חוזה שכירות] – Rental contract, lease agreement
Hearát azhará [הערת אזהרה] – Warning note, caveat registration
Minhál[מנהל] – Israel Land Administration
Tábu - [טאבו] - Government Lands Registry Office
Yipúi Kóach - [יפוי כוח] – Power of attorney
Zichron Dvarim – [זכרון דברים] - Short written agreement between buyer and seller, pre-contract

New Project

Binyán - [בניין] – Building
Chevrá meshakénet - [חברה משכנת] – Housing company (usually the developer)
Harshamá[הרשמה] – Registration, purchase application 
Hitchadshút ironít - [התחדשות עירונית] – Urban renewal
Ichlús - [אכלוס] – Rendering date, apartment delivery
Livúi bankayí - [ליווי בנקאי] – Bank Guarantee
Lúach tashlumím - [לוח תשלומים] – Payment schedule
Madád tesumót bniyá - [מדד תשומות בנייה] – Building index
Mifrát téchni - [מפרט טכני] – Technical specifications
Komá - [קומה] - Floor
Komá rishoná [קומה ראשונה] – First floor (in the US considered as “2nd floor”)
Komát kárka [קומת קרקע] – Ground floor (in the US considered as “first floor”)
Pinúi Binúi [פינוי בינוי] – Demolition and reconstruction
Proyéct - [פרויקט] - Project
Táma 38 – [תמ"א 38] - National Outline Plan for the seismic strengthening of existing buildings
Tófes Árba - [טופס ארבע] - Certificate of occupancy (C.O.)
Yazám - [יזם] - Developer

Mortgage

Bitúach - [ביטוח] - Insurance
Grirát mashkánta - [גרירית משכנתה] – Mortgage transfer
Halva’á - [הלוואה] - Loan
Ishúr ekroní - [אישור עקרוני] – General mortgage approval  
Lúach silukín [לוח סילוקין] – Defrayment schedule (regarding loans)
Madád - [מדד] - Index
Mashkánta - [משכנתה] - Mortgage
Ribít - [ריבית] - Interest

House

Báyit - [בית] – House, home
Báyit meshutáf - [בית משותף] – Condominium, apartment building
Brechát schiyá [בריכת שחייה] – Swimming pool
Chéder - [חדר] – Room
Chéder ambátia (or mikláchat) - [חדר אמבטיה, מקלחת] - Bathroom
Chéder aronót - [חדר ארונות] – Walk-in closet
Chéder horím (or yehidát horím) - [חדר הורים, יחידת הורים] – Master bedroom
Chéder kvisá (or chéder sherút) - [חדר כביסה, חדר שירות] – Service room, laundry room
Chéder shená - [חדר שינה] - Bedroom
Chanayá - [חניה] - Parking
Chanayá mekorá - [חניה מקורה] – Covered parking
Chanayá tat karkayít - [חניה תת קרקעית] – Underground parking
Chatzér - [חצר] – Yard
Dirá - [דירה] – Apartment, condo
Giná - [גינה] – Garden
Knisá - [כניסה] - Entrance
Maalít - [מעלית] - Elevator
Maalít Shabbát - [מעלית שבת] – Shabbat elevator
Machsán - [מחסן] - Storage
Mamád - [ממ"ד] – Security room, safe room
Martéf - [מרתף] – Basement
Miklát - [מקלט] – Shelter (mostly public)
Mirpéset - [מרפסת] - Balcony
Mirpéset succáh - [מרפסת סוכה] – Succah balcony (fully or partly opened balcony)
Mitbách - [מטבח] - Kitchen
Mizúg - [מיזוג] – A/C
Pinát óchel[פינת אוכל] – Dining nook
Salón - [סלון] – Living room
Sherutím - [שירותים] – Toilet
Yechidát diyúr - [יחידת דיור] – Separate unit

Construction

Achuzéi bniyá - [אחוזי בנייה] – Building to land ratio
Charigót bniyá - [חריגות בנייה] - Deviations
Hetér bniyá - [היתר בנייה] – Construction permit
Kír toméch - [קיר תומך] – Bearing wall, retaining wall
Shipútz - [שיפוץ] – Renovations
Tochnít bniyá[תוכנית בנייה] – Planning, building scheme
Zchuyót bniyá - [זכויות בנייה] – Development rights

Taxes

Arnóna - [ארנונה] – Land tax
Hetél hashbachá - [היטל השבחה] – improvement tax or levy
Mas[מס] – Tax
Mas rechishá - [מס רכישה] – Purchase tax
Mas shévach - [מס שבח] – Betterment tax, capital gains tax
Ptor - [פטור] - Exemption
Vá’ad habáyit - [ועד הבית] – Tenants committee (payment)

Professionals

Adrichál (m), adrichalít (f) - [אדריכל] - Architect
Kablán - [קבלן] - Contractor
Metavéch (m), metavéchet (f) - [מתווך] – Realtor, real estate agent
Meatzév pnim (m), meatzévet pnim (f) – [מעצב פנים] – Interior designer
Notariyón[נוטריון] - Notary
Oréch din (m), oréchet din (f) - [עורך דין] – Lawyer, attorney
Shamái[שמאי] – Appraiser
Shipútznik, kablán shiputzím – [שיפוצניק, קבלן שיפוצים] - Renovator
Yoétz mashkánta (m), yoétzet mashkánta (f) - [יועץ משכנתה] – Mortgage broker

Realtor

Biladiyút - [בלעדיות] - Exclusivity
Dméi tivúch - [דמי תיווך] – Realtor fee
Hazmanát sherutéi tivúch - [הזמנת שירותי תיווך] – Brokerage service ordering
Misrád tivúch [משרד תיווך] – Real estate agency

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